What is all the hoopla about? The crafting world is producing creative art fit right into an embroidery hoop. The sky is the limit for this project. There are many ways to express yourself right on a hoop. I created this “You Make Me Happy” Hoop Art to spread some smiles. So grab a needle and let’s get sewing!
Embroidery Hoop (example in photos is a 6 inch hoop)
Hot glue gun
Aunt Martha's hot iron transfer pencils
Here is where you can get creative. Use your favorite fonts and illustrations to create a unique motif. Hoop art is a great way to share a favorite quote. Layout your favorite saying and print on bright white copy paper or simply download my "You make me happy" template.
Once you have a photocopy of the quote, flip the paper over and trace over the letters with the hot iron transfer pencil.
TIP #1: Place the paper on a window in order to see the letters from the back for easier tracing. Be sure to press hard evenly going over each letter.
Following manufacture instructions, iron the transfer with traced side down onto the right side of fabric.
Once ironed, it leaves a perfect transfer of your design right onto the fabric. Neat, huh?
Place fabric into the embroidery hoop.
Using a backstitch, stitch over the transfer. If you need help with the backstitch, be sure to watch this little video. The backstitch is a simple outline stitch.
Once letters have been stitched, take the fabric out of the embroidery hoop and cut the words out leaving extra space all the way around the words. If using the template, first cut out the template and trace around it on the fabric then cut out.
Place solid fabric in the embroidery hoop. Pin the stitched words on top of the embroidery hoop.
Backstitch all the way around the outside edge of the patterned piece.
Remove fabric from the hoop. Trace the remaining letters with the hot iron transfer pencil. Transfer letters to the fabric with a hot iron.
Place the fabric back into the embroidery hoop and backstitch over all the letters.
Working from the back, trim fabric close to the embroidery hoop.
Cut a felt circle large enough to cover the embroidery hoop. Hot glue the felt circle to the back of the hoop to finish it off.
Here it is! Your very own hoop art. If you make this project, share a photo of it in our Idea Exchange!