DIY Embroidery Hoop Projects
Our creative people take on unique embroidery hoop projects
Some people might say we have an embroidery hoop obsession. Whenever we pass these stitching circles at estate sales (frequently for less than $1), we snatch them up like they possess magic powers. In our hearts, they kind of do: Their vast versatility and easy craft-ability will win us over any day.
For this project, I decided to use four, 12in. hoops, but you could use pretty much any size, depending on what kind of bulb you will be using for the light. First, I loosened the hoops just a little, and placed three within each other, tightening as needed to create a sphere. Once I had them positioned so that they created equal negative spaces on each side, I screwed them together at the top and bottom where all three rings meet. After that, I used only the outer ring of the fourth hoop to position around the sphere at the center, and then tightened it to secure in place. Finally, I spray painted the entire sphere gold and attached it to a hanging light kit that I purchased at a local home improvement store. I think it’s a fabulous, inexpensive industrial pendant!
I inherited quite a few hoops from my great grandma, and use them in unexpected ways throughout my home. There are so many possibilities!
I love the vintage feel of cameos, so I created one of our daughter, Vivienne. I printed it on heavy paper stock, cut slits around the edges of the art, and it folded nicely into the hoop (see the complete tutorial on my blog).
I also created a baby mobile for less than $5 using a hoop, spray paint, fishing line, scrapbook paper, a glue stick and my sewing machine.
Showcase spring and summer’s blooms with this easy-to-make sun catcher. Made with pressed flowers and leaves layered between two sheets of wax paper and secured in an embroidery hoop, putting the sun catcher together is easy. What takes a little longer—but is well worth it—is pressing the flowers. If you haven’t made your own pressed flowers before, it’s a fun way to preserve flora. Simply, line the pages of a book with tissue paper, place your flowers in the middle and stick the book back on a shelf between other books or under a few heavy volumes. Let the flowers press (and dry) for five to seven days. Hang your sun catcher in a window to catch the light.
I’m in love with the succulent and air plant trends in home decor right now. I thought that combining air plants with an embroidery hoop would make a super simple yet modern wreath to hang on your wall or front door. I used a sharpie and a strip of white fabric to create the welcome sign. After sandwiching it between the two hoops and pulling it tight, I used hot glue to secure the fabric to the back of the hoop. Then, I simply used more hot glue to attach some faux air plants and feathers to create my beautiful wreath!
Dream in color with this handmade dream catcher, made from an 18in. painted embroidery hoop wrapped in coordinating yarn. Colorful beads and natural fibers add texture and interest. Fabric leaves and natural driftwood pieces finish the look. Perfectly sized for a bedroom wall, it would also make an unexpected pop of color hanging on your front door.
Since my son’s arrival five months ago, I can only seem to complete projects that revolve around him! This mobile is made with an embroidery hoop, clear jewelry string, hot glue and colorful paper cut-outs. I chose to cut the paper into little hexagons as a subtle nod to my favorite board game, hoping to influence the little guy toward my kind of fun later in life.
I always hate throwing thank you cards away just because there is nowhere to put them. My fridge is always cluttered with to-do lists and school pictures, anything else will surely get lost in that mess. Making a catch-all for notes, cards and small pictures seemed to be the best bet for me and my space. I love the way this easy project turned out! It cost next to nothing, and only took 15 minutes. This would be a great project for children or even DIY beginners. Just grab an embroidery hoop, yarn, thumbtacks, (I chose embellished tacks with white studs attached) some mini clothes pins and that’s it!
In the words of Foo Fighters’ singer Dave Grohl: “I’ve got another confession to make …” Guys, I had a big ol’ Pinterest fail with my first embroidery hoop project. I tried to make those super-cool, melted pony bead sun catchers. The ones you spend hours making designs like airplanes in the sky and hearts with your son. The ones you carefully watch as they melt on the grill while trying to avoid toxic fumes because the 5-15 minute melt time in the instructions is vague. The ones that suddenly burst into flames on said grill scaring me half to death, nearly burning the neighborhood down, and leaving a charred mess for a broken-hearted mommy and son. But never fear, we roll with the punches and ran straight to my favorite scrap fabric store Fabric Recycles and grabbed some varying shades of red, white and blue to make this simple ombré wreath for our front door. My son had fun picking out all the fabric, and I’ll feel extra patriotic this July. Not bad for a backup plan.
Maker Memo: Kristen Shuler
We couldn’t talk about embroidery hoops without mentioning one of our favorite local stitchers, Kristen Shuler from Hey Paul Studios. Kristen won us over early on with her “I Love Your Guts” anatomical stitchery. She has since grown her Etsy business to include a local happy-hour gathering of stitchers called Eat Drink Stitch. Join the Eat Drink Stitch group on Facebook to follow the fun.