Embroidery hoops aren’t just for embroidery! Use them to create fun and unique crafts. Check out these 9 creative ways to use hoops!
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Hello Crafty Friends! One of my favorite craft supplies to use is an embroidery hoop! Embroidery hoops, traditionally used for needle-work projects, can be used in so many fun and unique ways. You don’t have to know how to sew to use embroidery hoops with your crafts.
Embroidery hoops come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be made from different types of wood like bamboo and beechwood or they can be made from plastic. Some plastic hoops have a faux wood appearance but are actually plastic!
The price for hoops can vary, especially based on size and quality. Some hoops are better quality than others. Better quality hoops are smoother, less likely to warp, and better at keeping a strong grip on the fabric.
You can purchase embroidery hoops from your local craft store, Etsy or online at places like Amazon. Embroidery hoops can be used as is, or they can be painted, stained, or wrapped in yarn and ribbon. You can also purchase pre-stained hoops, mini-hoops, oblong hoops, and even square embroidery hoops! There are so many fun options available!
Below are some of the fun ways I’ve used embroidery hoops. From holiday decor to wreaths, these projects use hoops to create something unique and special.
9 Creative Ways to Use Embroidery Hoops
From wreaths to holiday decor, these projects all use embroidery hoops in a fun and creative way!
Use an embroidery hoop and old clothing to create unique wall art! Frame fun graphic shirts your kids have grown out of or frame a souvenir shirt from a fun vacation. Paint or stain the embroidery hoop to match the shirt or the room it will be hanging in!
I love using Cricut Iron-On (HTV - Heat Transfer Vinyl) to create fun embroidery hoops. You can use patterned HTV as I did on this Christmas tree hoop or you can use solid HTV as I did on this fun Friends-Themed Valentine's Day hoop. You can add decorative stitching around the HTV but this is optional.
Create a sweet handmade ornament using an embroidery hoop! Smaller hoops, under 4", are the perfect size for displaying on a holiday tree. For these cute snowman ornaments, I painted the hoops white with acrylic paint and wrapped the scarf around the outer ring before adding my fleece fabric. Decorate the hoop ornaments by hand-sewing or with fabric glue!
Use embroidery hoops to create beautiful appliqué designs using fabric scraps from your stash. Use hoops of all different sizes to create wall art for different seasons and holidays. I used yellow and brown fabric scraps to make this sweet sunflower and used pastel scraps for this fun Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop.
Why not use an embroidery hoop to make a wreath! For this baseball-themed wreath, I used a large 9" hoop painted navy and framed an old baseball baby bodysuit. Simply glue the hoop to a foam wreath and use ribbon to finish decorating it.
Turn large embroidery hoops, like this 12" hoop, into a festive holiday sign! For this Halloween hoop sign, I used glow-in-the-dark HTV to create a design on black fabric. The hoop was painted orange then framed with Ric-Rac.
Embroidery hoops can also make fun photo frames! For these photo ornaments, I used Mod Podge Photo Transfer to add a picture to fabric before framing it in the hoop. To add an extra special handmade touch, embroider a design around the picture. This makes a great ornament, but would also be beautiful displaced on an easel or hung on the wall.
As described above, large embroidery hoops make fun wreaths but you can also use smaller hoops to hang in the center of wreaths! For this fun sunflower and bee wreath, I used a smaller embroidery hoop to add a sweet welcome message to the center of my pillow wreath!
Use mini embroidery hoops to create necklaces! I used two mini hoops to create this Time Turner necklace, but you can also add small embroidered designs inside the hoops or frame small images on fabric.
I hope these ideas inspire you to use an embroidery hoop for your next craft project!