When I was reorganizing my craft room a few weeks ago, I found a random bag of embroidery hoops.
Now, I’m going to be real, here.
I haven’t embroidered in about 10 years. I’m not even sure where I got these hoops.
Regardless, I have them. And now that I have them, the craft-supply-hoarding side of me is determined not to get rid of them. What if I get into embroidering?? Haha. Yeah right.
The more realistic side of me decided to make them into wall decor. And if I honestly ever NEED that many hoops, I can always pull them off the wall.
How I did it:
So, first, I pulled out all the hoops that looked similar. I’m sure I would have been fine with a mash up, but I didn’t want to have to coordinate green and yellow into my color scheme.
I ended up with 4 hoops of different sizes.
Next, I pulled out 4-5 different fabrics that I liked, that went well together.
(Wondering about the file folders? It’s a visually helpful way to store your fabric!)
Next I laid the hoops on top of the fabric I’d chosen for each one…
And then I made a circle of dots (with a Sharpie) around each hoop, onto the fabrics.
Then I cut the fabric circles out…
And I ended up with this:
I stuck each circle of fabric on the hoops, and tightened them.
TIP 1: You might want to iron any wrinkly fabric before you do this.
TIP 2: Make sure you put the best side of the fabric face-up.
I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but I just decided to hot glue the fabric underneath.
So, first, I cut snips (every few inches) into the outer fabric, like so:
Sorry, it’s kind of hard to tell.
I did this so that the fabric laid down better underneath.
You really only have to do this on thick fabric.
Then I turned the hoops over, and I worked in sections to hot glue the excess fabric to the wooden hoop frame.
This is a completed glue job. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the fabric just needs to be securely pinned back from peeking out.
As you can see below, the type of fabric helped determine how much I glued it. I didn’t want the fabric on the tiny hoop to fray, so I glued it more.
And this is turned over!
Crisp, clean, beautiful.
My next dilemma was where to put them.
I thought they might look cute up on the wall with my clock….
So I played around with some different styles.
In the end (AKA after I texted my sisters to ask their opinions), I decided on using the clock, with the embroidery hoops on both sides.
I nailed them up there…
But no matter what I did, the one hoop kept gapping out from the wall.
You can kinda see in this picture.
But I’m a terrible photographer, so it’s hard to tell.
Anyway, I decided to use a very professional method of keeping it from gapping….
Called blue tacky.
(Don’t worry, I have plans for that big open wall space on the top right.)
And there you have it.
You could always actually even embroider something on yours!
What a novel idea.