Create this fun hoop inspired by the TV show Friends. A nice handmade gift for Valentine’s Day or sweet decor for your home!
Are you a fan of the show Friends? It’s one of my favorite TV shows! I always find myself going back to it and re-watching the episodes. It’s a show that my whole family enjoys and always makes us laugh. I saw the sweetest card on Pinterest the other day for Valentine’s Day with the saying “You’re My Lobster” on it. I immediately started laughing, thinking of Phoebe and her funny hand gestures while explaining to Ross how Rachel is her lobster.
Lobsters – according to Phoebe – mate for life. While a quick Google search revealed this in fact is not true, I still love the quote and sentiment Phoebe was trying to convey. I made this fun Friends embroidery hoop for Valentine’s Day that would make such a sweet gift or decoration. I used Cricut Iron-On and a little bit of hand embroidery. Follow the tutorial below to create a fun gift for a fellow Friends Fan!
- 8″ embroidery hoop
- Cricut Iron-On in Red
- Cricut Glitter Iron-On in Red
- Red embroidery floss
- Red acrylic paint – I used Deco Art Americana Multi-Surface in Lipstick
- White cotton fabric – I used white Kona Solid
- Cutting machine – I used my Cricut Explore
Step One: Paint the outer hoops red with acrylic paint and let dry.
Step Two: Create the Friends lobster design in Cricut Design Space. Start by creating an 8″ circle and then positioning the lobsters, heart and saying within the circle. I used the lobster image (Lobster #M83D219A), a simple heart shape and chose to write the words “You’re my lobster” using a font called “Gabriel Weiss’ Friends Font”. This font popped up after a quick Google search of “free Friends font”.
I decided to cut the lobsters and the saying out of red Iron-On, so I made them a bright red color in Design Space. Select these three items and “Attach” them. I changed the heart to a dark red color representing the red glitter Iron-On.
Once your design is created, be sure to hide the 8″ circle since this won’t need to be cut! You’re ready to cut!
Step Three: Cut the design from Iron-On using your cutting machine. Don’t forget to mirror each mat before cutting with Iron-On.
Step Four: Weed the images after cutting them. I had to split my design up to fit on the red Iron-On I had on hand.
Iron the design onto a piece of white cotton fabric. You may notice there is a bit of red shadow around my red letters. It doesn’t bother me and I don’t mind the effect, so I chose not to redo it. I’m not exactly sure what happened but I wonder if I had pre-washed my white cotton fabric or if I was using a Cricut Press, if that wouldn’t have happened. I wonder if I moved my iron a bit too much and caused the bleeding? It’s a mystery!
Step Five: Place the design into the hoop. Stretch it carefully so as to not warp the image too much.
Step Six: Add a simple hand-embroidered running stitch around the heart. This step is definitely extra, but it adds such a sweet handmade touch. I love it!
Step Seven: Trim the fabric around the hoop.
Using white thread, stitch a small running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Pull the thread bringing the fabric in. Cover the back with white felt or white paper to finish off the back of the hoop. You can glue this on and either use clips or stack books on top of the hoop until the glue has dried.
The Friends Embroidery Hoop is finished! Add a ribbon loop, then hang it up, or gift it to someone special! :) Be sure to check out some of my other fun crafts you can create using your cutting machine – Cutting Machine Crafts.