DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies. I always like to have a small lap project when watching a movie or TV show at night and a simple embroidery project is the perfect companion. What I like most is that you can pick it up and put it down at any time.

A close friend of mine is having her first baby and I’ve been brainstorming handmade gift ideas. I wanted to make something decorative for baby Ella’s nursery, so I sorted through my fabric stash and decided to make Alphabet Hoop Art.

Supplies Needed:

• Embroidery hoops (I used small 4” hoops)
• Cotton fabric (choose coordinating patterns/colors)
• Felt (choose colors that match the cotton fabric)
• Embroidery floss (choose colors that match the felt or choose contrasting colors for a different look)
Alphabet template

Special Tools:

• Iron and ironing board
• Sewing needle and pins
• Sewing scissors
• Printer and copy paper
• Craft scissors and x-acto knife

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

When choosing fabrics, felt and floss consider your color palette. I sorted through what I had on hand and settled on a yellow/orange/grey palette. Iron all your fabrics flat.

Download the template and print. Cut out the circle as well as the letters you want to use. You can choose everyone’s first initial if you want to give these as thank you gifts, you can spell a name or do what I did and make a simple A, B, C.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Then use the template to cut out your fabric pieces. Cut out a circle from each piece of cotton fabric and the letters from the felt.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Disassemble the embroidery hoop and place the circle fabric (right side facing up) over the top of the smaller hoop, making sure it’s centered. Then place the larger hoop over the top, securing the fabric and screwing the hoop tight.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Then place your letter at the center of the hooped fabric and pin in place.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Cut a nice length of matching embroidery floss and separate it into three strands. Then thread your needle and tie a knot at the end.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

I used a blanket appliqué stitch to sew the letters to the fabric. When you watch the Youtube video on how to do the blanket appliqué stitch, make sure to pay attention to how she turns a corner (you’ll be turning lots of corners with the letters).

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial
DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Note: If you plan to make a lot of these, I’d recommend using a more simple stitch to save on time.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

Once you’ve finished sewing the letter to the hooped fabric, you can gently pull the excess fabric from the hoop to make the fabric taut. Make sure the hoop is screwed on tight, and then use sewing scissors to cut off the excess fabric.

DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

That’s it! I hope that baby Ella loves her ABC hoop art.
DIY: Alphabet Hoop Art #embroidery #felt #applique #tutorial

March DIY Challenge: Letters

March DIY Challenge: Letters #adventuresinmaking
Sources left to right: Yarn Wrapped Letters by Let Birds Fly, Ombre Crayon Letter by Craft Cuts, Monogram Cork Coasters by Better Homes & Gardens, Felt Stuffed Letters by Buggy and Buddy, Decorative Vintage Plates by Angel In The North, Cross-Stitch Gift Tags by About The Nice Things, Pompon Letter by Craft & Creativity, Ampersand Shadow Box by Adventures In Making, DIY Floral Letter by The Mrs. & Momma Bird, D Is For Dinosaur by Little Page Turners, DIY Painted Mugs by Glued To My Crafts, Lettering With Watercolor by Melissa Esplin, DIY String Art by HelloBee.

March DIY Challenge: Letters

Letters are one of our favorite subjects for art and craft projects. We are both trained graphic designers so type, letters, fonts, etc. are always floating around in our brains. There are endless ways you can make something inspired by a letter or monogram, so we decided it would be a great theme for the March DIY Challenge! Make your own letter decor, practice some hand-lettering or calligraphy, or make a fun alphabet project with your kids!

How To Enter

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, March 2, 2015 and ends on March 30th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on March 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more heart project ideas.