Fabric Covered Embroider Hoops (a mini tutorial)

elephant embroidery
elephant embroidery

elephant embroidery

I love all the miniature embroidery that’s popping up for nurseries, kids rooms, and even adult spaces.  But what I don’t love are those unsightly and boring wooden embroidery hoops.  Yes, they are inexpensive (love that!), but goodness, can’t we do better for framing these lovely little works of art?

I converted the clip art of a favorite artist over at Etsy into an embroidery pattern and whipped up this sweet little elephant.  Isn’t she darling?  Then, using about 25 inches of 1″ single fold bias tape, I carefully wrapped the wooden hoop and turned it into a coordinating, fabric-covered, frame.  Just perfect.  And you can’t believe how easy it is.  You don’t even have to glue or sew the fabric – just tuck under that first piece, wrap all the way around, and then tuck the end right before securing it to the inner hoop.  Everything stays in place!