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13 Creative and Unique Crafts Using Embroidery Hoops

When it comes to soothing crafts to unwind with at the end of the day, embroidery is a go-to, but these brilliant little hoops are great for more than just stitched patterns. In fact, their simple shape and sturdiness are perfect for all kinds of mixed media projects, ranging from wreaths and picture frames to bag holders and even baby mobiles! We’ve gathered 13 fab crafts using old and unused embroidery hoops, so have a look and see if any call to you.

13 Creative and Unique Crafts Using Embroidery Hoops

1. Fairy Light Setup

When wrapped with fairy lights, embroidery hoops make for delightful boho-inspired decorations that glitter sweetly at night. To take your design a step further, cut out small paper butterflies or flowers to go over the little lights so they glow in low light. They’re sure to look amazing propped up on a shelf or mantlepiece, or hung on a wall.

[image source: abubblylife.com/2015/11/diy-copper-lighted-wreaths.html]

2. Tambourines

Perfect for active little ones, these tambourines are a great project for spending a little quality time crafting together with your fun-loving tykes. They’ll love designing their very own musical instrument, picking out the fabric choices and bells, especially if you pick up a colourful selection like those in our Pastel Bell Bundle (479907).

[image source: blog.darice.com/basics/fabric-crafts/diy-tambourine-favors]

3. Monogram Decorations

These sweet appliqué decorations are perfect for a nursery or playroom, particularly when they’re made up in bright, whimsical fabric, such as the Spring Day Fat Quarter Pack (544576). To make sure your letters are perfectly neat, use an oversized set of dies, a ScanNCut or print out a large font and trace the individual letters onto your fabric.

[image source: sewmag.co.uk] ]

4. Sun Catchers

With just a hoop, some clear contact paper and a few pretty crafts or bits of nature to catch the light, you can easily create a stunning decoration to take pride of place on your window. Simply trace the circle onto the paper, arrange your pieces into a creative pattern, and sandwich with another piece. Then, secure your work into the hoop and remove the excess.

[image source: artfulparent.com/tissue-paper-suncatchers-embroidery-hoops]

5. Weaving

Loom weaving is steadily growing in popularity, and it’s unsurprising why. The craft uses just a few coloured yarns – such as those in the Fantasia Acrylic Yarn Bundle (479694) – to create intricate, striking designs. If you’re new to the craft, have a go at some of our beginner-friendly projects here, before challenging yourself with a fun, circular hoop design.

[image source: blog.consumercrafts.com/kids-stuff/round-diy-weaving-loom]

6. Wall Storage

Sewing a pocket onto your embroidery hoop is not only a practical solution, perfect for storing craft and office supplies in, but it can also make a fabulous decoration. Simply use a selection of pretty fabrics from your stash, and line the pocket opening with an eye-catching trim, such as those in the House of Alistair 1cm Pom-pom Trim Bundle (532016).

[image source: sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-embroidery-hoop-wall-pocket-organizers/2016/07/08]

7. Mobile

Add the perfect finishing touch to any nursery with a sweet woodland animal mobile! Kelly Anne Jordan has put together a fantastic guide to make your own here, and it even comes with templates for all of the little critters and foliage, so grab a pack of felt like our Flora Bundle (485992) and get creative!

8. Wreath

Embroidery hoops are perfect for wreath bases, and look lovely and chic when only a section is covered. Try winding real flowers and foliage around the hoop for an authentic decoration, or opt for long-lasting alternatives – all you need to do is make them up with a kit like our Forever Flowerz Brilliant Begonias Starter Kit (571087) – for a piece you can enjoy all year long.

[image source: thedreameryevents.com/2017/05/08/diy-embroidery-hoop-wreath]

9. Clock

We all lose track of time when we’re in the craft room creating masterpieces, so why not have a go at personalising a crafty clock? Get creative with fabric choices and patchwork designs, and mark each hour carefully with pretty embellishments, using a protractor for accuracy. Then, carefully add a functioning clock back and hands.

[image source: mumstakefive.com/index.php/craft-learn-play/crafts/506-diy-clock-using-an-embroidery-hoop]

10. Photo Frames

Embroidery hoops can make for some fantastically quirky photo frames, especially if you make a few in various sizes. Simply print out your pictures, slightly bigger than the hoop, and secure. You can even take it a step further and add pretty crochet or trim borders, or embroider fun elements onto the photos, like little hearts or speech bubbles.

[image source: makezine.com/2011/11/11/how-to_embroidery_hoops_as_pic]

11. Laundry Bag

Embroidery hoops are also great for making bags and pouches since they’ll hold the top open and make the bag easy to hang from a door or wall. You could make different sizes for all sorts of bits and bobs, but we love the idea of a laundry hamper that you can easily toss dirty clothes into at the end of the day. Have a go making yours in a lovely fabric that suits your décor.

[image source: makingniceinthemidwest.com/2012/09/20/diy-make-your-own-hanging-laundry-hamper]

12. Pincushions

Keep your pins safe and secure with a handy embroidery hoop pincushion. The sturdy hoops will hold them together, and you can show off your embroidery skills with stunning and intricate designs. Then, once done, why not treat yourself to a pretty new pack of pins, such as Six Penny Memories Prym Flowerhead Pins (485222), which feature fun butterfly and heart tops.

[image source: stitchedmodern.com/blogs/news/make-a-pincushion-out-of-embroidery-hoops]

13. Hanging Planters

Embroidery hoops suit Scandi-inspired projects perfectly, and this fun geometric plant hanger is sure to look great in your living room. It’s a super customisable make too, and you can get creative painting or spraying the hoop various colours, adding tassels, pom-poms or beads, and plenty more! Why not knot a lovely macramé hanging underneath?

[image source: stitchedmodern.com/blogs/news/how-to-make-a-hanging-shelf-out-of-embroidery-hoops]