Sewing How To: Finishing A Completed Embroidery Hoop Project – Backing And Hoop Decorating. Perfect Scrap Busting Project

Wrapping an embroidery hoop: A perfect way to finish off completed embroidery/sewing makes when displaying them in an embroidery hoop

So you’ve got your embroidery hoop design competed it’s now time to get it in its display hoop and show it off.

I often just leave the embroidery hoop plain or paint them to add a little more colour into the project. Another great way of decorating the hoop is to use fabric, this is also a great way of using up scrap fabrics.

And finally once your happy with you hoop it’s time to finish off the back to project it. the following ‘how to’ will show how to wrap an embroidery hoop with fabric and how to back it and create a loop ready for display.

How to – Covering/wrapping an embroidery hoop:

  1. Cut strips of fabric 4cm wide and sew them together.
  2. Fold the raw edges inwards and press.
  3. Wrap the folded fabric around the hoop using a clip to hold the start in place.
  4. Once the whole hoop is wrapped secure the start and end with a few stitches.
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How to – Backing an embroidery hoop:

  1. Take your finished project and place into the hoop.
  2. Leaving a 5cm gap from the edge of the hoop cut away the excess fabric.
  1. Sew around 1cm from the edge of the fabric and pull tight to close the gap. Sew to secure.
  1. Cut a circle of felt big enough to cover the gap in the back of the project and sew on to cover. You can also cover the entire back of the project if you prefer.

To create a display loop:

  1. Cut 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric.
  2. Place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
  3. Thread the fabric strip through the metal clasp section and sew the two edges together to secure and complete the loop.
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Highland Cow Applique Embroidery Hoop Picture – Perfect For Using Up Fabric Scraps

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Now this make has been gifted I can now share it without spoiling any surprises! I wasn’t too sure how this make would turn out as I started with a very rough sketch of a highland cow sat on some fields and from that free-hand cut out different shapes of fabric and sewed them onto a fabric background to build up the picture.  Half way through I was starting to doubt whether I had completely messed it up but I stuck with it and am really glad I did.

Fabrics are all from The Craft Cotton Company.

Now I have success with this one its time to have a go at a few others I have in mind!.

Embroidered Hoop Adventures, Part 3: Bee

Buzzing in to brighten up the dark cold days is an embroidered bee hoop

I’ve really enjoyed making the fox and owl embroidery hoops recently and after receiving one of The Craft Cotton Company sewing bee fat quarter sets (white) I knew it would be perfect for making another.

I opted to use the grey fat quarter as I thought it would provide the best background and drew up a design to embroider. The full tutorial is available on The Craft Cotton Company’s blog.

Embroidered Hoop Adventures, Part 2: Wise Owl

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Time for another embroidered hoop, off with the birds this time with an owl

Since completing my fox embroidery hoop Ive been working on another, this time an owl.  This had more embroidered details on it than the fox due to the front feathered chest section so took me a little longer to put together but am super happy with how it has turned out.

Embroidered Owl Hoop Assembly Instructions

  • To make the hoop I drew out the owl outline on paper, then traced this onto the fabric background.  I then went around the outlines in a backstitch and infilled the outlines using different embroidered patterns.
  • To frame it in the hoop I made sure it was centralised and really tightened the hoop so it wouldn’t move at all once it was put together. 
  • Then I cut the fabric around the hoop 4cm from the edge of the hoop. 
  • After completing a round of stitching 1cm from the edge of the fabric I pulled the thread tight to pull in the edges of the fabric and completed a few stitches to secure.
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  • A round piece of felt could then be sewn onto the back to hide the gathered back.
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  • For hanging I used two  pieces of different coloured ribbon (30 cm) and attached a loop through the hoop fastening along with a bow in the same two ribbon colours (55 cm).
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Embroidered Hoop Adventures, Part 1: Fox

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Time for some embroidered hoop making adventures, into the woodland first with this very cute fox

I have had an idea for some embroidered hoops for a while now and have finally had a chance to sit down and draw up the patterns and start getting them made. They have come together surprisingly quickly as I thought it would take a lot longer to do the stitching, this is a bonus as it means I will be able to get more made in the time I have!.   I had some green Ombre Trends fabric by The Craft Cotton Company in my stash that was perfect for my first hoop make – a little fox.

I first drew out the outline of my fox on paper and went around in a dark marker so I could see the lines through the fabric. Next I traced the outline onto my fabric in pencil. I went around these outlines using a back stitch, and next filled in these outlines using different stitch patterns.

Finishing an embroidery hoop make with felt backing:

  • Once I had completed the fox I made sure it was aligned correctly in the hoop I wanted to put it in and made sure I tightened the hoop well.
  • I cut away the excess fabric at the back 4cm from the edge of the hoop and stitched around 2cm from the edge, pulling it tight to bring in the raw edges to the middle.
  • To cover the back I cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than the hoop and stitched this onto the back.
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  • I attached a ribbon loop  (30cm) to the top of the hoop through the hoop fastening along with a ribbon bow (55cm).
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