How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Sewing Tidy
As you may remember I am tidying my sewing room – and I’m making good progress, although I didn’t know just how much fabric I have collected until now!!
What I have realised is that I need a place for everything – and especially for those things that I use a lot and keep leaving in different places – and then spend lots of time looking for them.
My solution is a ‘tidy’ on an embroidery hoop – for my glasses, tape measure and scissors.
I have used my Big Shot machine and Sizzix Bigz™ Die – Flower Layers #4 – to cut some flowers to decorate
- 23 centimetre Embroidery hoop
- 25 centimetre square of White felt
- Fat quarter plain white cotton fabric
- Fat quarter blue and white spot cotton fabric
- Two 15 centimetre square pink textured cotton print fabric
- Two 15 centimetre squares bondaweb
- 30 centimetres White cotton lace
- White cotton thread for stitching
- Two small buttons – one white and one pink
This is a really quick and easy make – and you can stitch it by hand or machine.
How to make
1. Cut a 30 centimetre square from the white and the blue spot fabric.
2. Fold the blue fabric in half, wrong sides together, to make a rectangle. Press the fold.
3. Pin the white lace three millimetres below the fold and stitch in place.
5. Stitch the fabrics together, from the fold to the bottom, with two rows of stitching, 10 centimetres from each side – to make pockets.
6. Cut two 15 centimetre squares from the white fabric
7. Fuse the bondaweb squares onto the wrong side of one pink square, remove the paper backing and place the other pink square wrong side onto the bondaweb to make the fabric double sided.
8. Repeat with the white fabric.
9. Cut flowers from the white and pink fabric, using the Big Shot and Bigz Die.
10. Cut a 23 centimetre circle from the white felt – I drew around the inside of the bigger hoop.
12. On the front of the hoop arrange the flower layers to create two flowers and place them on near the edge of the hoop and stitch a button in the middle of the flower to hold in place. Instead of buttons you could use beads to fix the flowers in place.
14. Place the felt circle over the back and over stitch in place to neaten.
I’m going to use a picture hook to hang this on the wall and now I will know where to find those elusive scissors, tape measure and glasses!!
- You can vary the size depending on what you want to use it for. You could make it for children, using fun fabrics, to encourage them to put things away.
- Instead of buttons you could use beads to fix the flowers in place.
- It would also make a lovely mother’s day present.
I hope you like it – because I’ve had fun making it.
Now just a bit more tidying and then a cup of tea!