We recently made a move from Colorado to Alabama, and I found myself in a new house that needed to feel like home. The biggest difference in this house is that there is a lot more wall space to fill up than our old house. Looking at empty walls all day is no fun. So that is when I set out to make some cute wall decor for my office and bedroom. My craft stash had a few embroidery hoops and a bunch of neutral scrap fabric that I decided to finally put to use. I had an idea that in my head looked great. So I decided to try it out. And you know what? It turned out so friggin’ cute! Learn how to make your own Embroidery Hoop Wall Art here!
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What You’ll Need:
- Embroidery Hoop – I used a 10″ one for this one and a few of the smaller ones for others I made.
- Fabric. I used scrap canvas fabric that I had leftover from another project.
- 1 Felt Gardenia and 6 Felt Mini Roses. Learn how to make them here!
- Cricut or Silhouette Machine. I am in love with the Cricut Maker.
- Siser Easyweed HTV
- An Iron or the Cricut Easy Press
- Teflon Sheets or Parchment Paper
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. This is the one I use, I love that it is multi-temp.
Make Your Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Design!
- The first step is to make your design using the software for your cutting machine. I started by making a large circle the size of my hoop to use as a guide for the size of my design. Just remember to hide that layer before you cut your design out.
- Cut your design out on your machine and weed. Don’t forget to mirror image before cutting! I have forgotten that step a few times. My preferred HTV is Siser Easyweed because of how well it irons on and lasts. I have tried a few other brands I bought on Amazon, and they have turned out disastrous. Lesson learned. They are one of the most popular HTV choices out there for a good reason.
Iron On Your HTV
- Grab your fabric and iron it to get out any wrinkles. I was so excited to do this project and forget that little step! An up-close look at the pictures and you will be able to see a few little wrinkles. But for my own personal decor, I wasn’t too worried about it. They are imperfectly perfect!
- Lay down the first part of your HTV design, I did the circle border first. Use an Iron or the Cricut Easy press to adhere the design. I spoiled myself with the Easy Press for Christmas, and it saves a lot of time when using HTV on larger projects. Your iron temperature and how long you hold it there will depend on the type of HTV and the manufacturer. Follow their instructions for this part.
- Now for the second part of the design. You don’t want your iron to touch the HTV you just stuck on, so this is where the Teflon sheets or a Tea Towel come in handy. Lay your text design where you want it and cover the whole design including the circle border with the Teflon or the towel. Now You can use your iron to adhere the words.
Now to start assembling your embroidery hoop wall art!
- Separate the hoop and lay your fabric over the top of the smaller piece. You can see in the picture that I chose to put my design closer to the right side to make room for the flowers on the left side. Then, you will put the larger piece back on and use the screw at the top to clamp the hoop pieces together and hold your fabric in place. Gently pull on the fabric from behind in areas where it appears to be bunching before tightening it completely.
- Time to start heating up that glue gun! Flip your hoop over and trim off all the excess fabric. Leave about 1/4″ to 1/2″ around the edges. It doesn’t have to be exact or even, you just want enough to lay over the inside edge of the hoop. Using your scissors, cut a slit about every inch to make gluing down easier. Grab your glue gun, and working in the cut sections, glue around the edge of the hoop and press the fabric down to clean up the back side of the hoop.
- We’re almost finished! Grab the felt flowers you made, from my Felt Gardenia and Mini Rose tutorial, and lay them out to figure out where you want them. Grab that glue gun again and start gluing your flowers in place! I just put a dab of glue on the back of each flower and stick it on. I also pressed the fabric from behind to make sure it stuck well. While gluing the mini roses on, this is a perfect chance to push down on the petals a bit to fluff them out a bit more if you like.
And there you have it! Hold it up and admire your work! These wall art hoops are so much fun to make and will add a nice touch to any room in your house.
Did you decide to make one for your decor? Share a picture in the comments below! What are some of your favorite DIY projects to fill up empty wall space?