DIY: Embroidery Hoop – Christmas Wreath or Ornament

Embroidery hoops are most commonly used to hold a fabric in place while you hand stitch a desired embroidery pattern.  Beyond this, they can be used in many different fun crafts!  We will be using embroidery hoops to make either a large Christmas wreath or a small ornament, the choice is yours!

Step 1: Pick the size of embroidery hoop that you wish to use and decide on the color theme of your project.  

Step 2: Collect the materials you plan to add to your project and select a fabric large enough to cover your selected embroidery hoop(s). 

(As you see in the pictures I went with a very traditional red/green plaid theme but feel free to be as creative as you want with this step.) 

These materials can include, but are not limited to:

  • Fresh or crafting evergreens 
  • Fresh or crafting pine cones
  • Crafting berries/flowers 
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Bows
  • Bells
  • Small christmas figurines
  • + any other christmas crafting supplies that go with the them you have chosen
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks 
  • Scissors 

Step 3: Time to start assembling your project! 

  • Loosen your embroidery hoop latch and separate the two hoops. Place the smaller of the two hoops flat on your work surface.  Lap the fabric (face up) centered on top of the small hoop.  Set the large hoop perfectly around the small hoop (which will be hidden under the fabric but you can feel its location to make sure the large hoop is fitting properly).  Firmly press down until the large hoop is all the way around the small hoop, then tighten the top latch on the embroidery hoop to secure the fabric.
  • Once the fabric is secured inside of the embroidery hoop, use scissors to trim off the excess fabric on the back side of the hoop.
  • On the front side of the fabric, start with your chosen evergreens and use your glue gun to secure each piece onto the fabric. 
  • After the evergreens meet your standards of complete, start adding the rest of the decorations you gathered (this is the fun part, go wild!), again using the glue gun.
  • To finish your wreath or ornament, use twine to make a loop hook that will be used to hang your project.  Loop the twine through the latch at the top of the embroidery hoop, measure the twine to desired length and cut off the excess. Tie both ends of the twine together to make a loop, this loop is used to hang your project.

Written + Captured by Lizzy Fox

Lizzy Fox works for Malabella Jewels as an artisan, is a mother of 4, and enjoys anything involving animals and the outdoors. Her favorite things are warm weather, spending time with her family, friends, and coffee.

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