Fabric Embroidery Hoops Tutorial

Posted by alpinefabrics on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Fabric Embroidery Hoops Tutorial

Instructor

Instructor: Angela Ellsworth

Printable PDF Instructions

embroidery hoops tutorial 

Hi, I’m Angela Ellsworth from the blog AgedSimplicity.blogspot.com. I also have a handmade shop on etsy called minimoments.etsy.com and a vintage shop called Agedsimplicity.etsy.com. 

I love to create! And I especially love simple, quick projects. If you’re the same way, you’ve got to try this project. It’s fun, simple and a great way to use fabric scraps! And once you understand the basics you can embellish your embroidery hoop to fit your home’s décor.

embroidery hoops tutorial 

Materials List:

  • Wooden Embroidery Hoops in all different sizes
  • A square of fabric. Make sure it is a couple inches wider than your hoop. I used fabric from Riley Blake’s new fabric collections being released this month.
  • Basic Elmer’s school glue or Fabric Tac glue (any glue will work)
  • Wood Stain. I used Minwax’s Red Mohogany stain.
  • An old cloth to stain with

Fabric Embroidery Hoops HOW-TO

First I stained my embroidery hoops. You don’t have to do this step, but the darker wood goes well with the dark wood crib in our nursery.

embroidery hoops tutorial

 To Stain your hoops:

Dab your cloth in stain. Rub the stain on the outer portion of your embroidery hoop. You don’t want to stain the inner wooden portion of your embroidery hoop. It won't show and plus it may leave your fabric dirty. 

embroidery hoops tutorial

 Here is the hoop completely stained. Once stained, make sure to wipe off any stain that got onto the top metal portion of your hoop. Once it’s dry it’s hard to get it off.  Leave hoops to dry for 24 hours.

embroidery hoops tutorial

 Now you’re ready to place your fabric in your embroidery hoop. Place the inner portion of your embroidery hoop down. Place fabric on top and then put your outer portion of the embroidery hoop on top. You may need to unscrew the top to loosen it up.

Pull tightly.

embroidery hoops tutorial

Also, if you are making a collection of embroidery hoops, you’ll want to have the metal hangers to face the same directions…details, details!

embroidery hoops tutorial

 Once you have the fabric where you want it, turn the hoop over and trim your fabric to be about 2” wider than your hoop.

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 Now you’re ready to glue the fabric to the inside of your hoop.  Run a string of glue to the inside and of your hoop.

embroidery hoops tutorial

 With your finger, press the fabric into the glue. Hold each section for a few seconds and move onto the next section, until the fabric is glued all the way around the hoop.

It should look like this when it’s done:

embroidery hoops tutorial

 embroidery hoops tutorial

If you want to add embroidery or embellishments, do it before you glue the fabric to the hoop.  That way you’re able to shift the fabric where it needs to be. 

I embroidered “hooray” to this hoop and added some flowers for a bit of embellishment and texture.

embroidery hoops tutorial

 And now you're done. Hang them on the wall with a nail or place them on a stand for display.  

embroidery hoops tutorial

Thanks to Riley Blake for asking me to be a guest on their blog. These embroidery hoops are really fun to make. I hope you all enjoy them too!

And if you love this set, make sure to check out my shop on etsy, I'll be listing some new embroidery hoops there soon. 

-Angela-

Blog: agedsimplicity.blogspot.com

vintage shop: Agedsimplicity.etsy.com

Handmade Shop: minimoments.etsy.com


Category: Home Decor


Comments

  1. Thanks for the tutorial--very clear instructions and simple. This is exactly what I needed. Cheers, Nanci
    by Nanci Byers
    January 06th, 2013 at 12:52 a.m.


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