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Hoop Backing for Kids

This is a simple tutorial for backing an embroidery hoop. I recommend using this method for kids. You can reference the pictures below or visit this video tutorial for help.

  1. Cut the fabric around the hoop into a circle.
  2. Stitch around the edge of the fabric, going over and under the fabric.

3. Once you’ve gone around the entire circle, remove the needle and pull the ends of the thread until the fabric is gathered.

4. Tie the ends of the thread together in a knot. Now you’re finished!

If you want to completely cover the back of your hoop with felt, check out this blog post for help.

How to Frame Your Embroidery in a Picture Frame

Don’t get me wrong, I love framing my embroidery in the hoop it was created in. There is something special about the idea of framing it in the very thing you made it in… and it’s trendy 🙂 However, I have to say that sometimes framing your embroidery in an actual picture frame really gives it that special touch.

One of my favorite embroideries I like seeing in a picture frame is the “It Is Well With My Soul” pattern. I love how the frame perfectly fits around the daisies and words. If you love this pattern as much as me, it is also available as an embroidery kit.

Framing your embroidery in a frame may seem a bit tricky at first, but with just a few supplies, you will be able to do it in no time!

You will need:

  • picture frame
  • masking tape
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • pen/pencil (something to mark your fabric)

This video tutorial will teach you every step you need to follow to frame your embroidery in a picture frame. *The frame in this video tutorial is from Hobby Lobby.

How You Should Be Threading Your Needle

There are 3 reasons you should use this method for threading your needle!

  1. Your needle will NEVER come unthreaded!
  2. Your embroidery art will LOOK better!
  3. It is EASIER to pull through your fabric! Especially when you are using all 6 strands of the thread.

Lets start with the first reason! How many times have you been sewing with a needle and thread, and it comes unthreaded… again and again and again! This used to happen to me ALL THE TIME!!!! I got so frustrated with always having to re-thread my needle, but I finally got it down. Now I NEVER have to thread my needle because I accidentally pulled the needle too quickly and the thread came out. Here’s how!!

Let me start by explaining that a strand of thread is actually made up of 6 separate strands. So the strand can be separated into fewer strands if you want thinner lines for embroidery.

When I know I want to use all 6 strands of the thread for embroidery, I actually SPLIT MY THREAD so I have 3 strands and I thread my needle with those 3 strands. Then, I pull the needle down the thread half way and FOLD THE THREAD IN HALF, making 6 strands. I knot the thread at the bottom, tying all 6 strands together. Now I have a threaded needle and I KNOW my needle isn’t going to get unthreaded. Here is a video tutorial for how to do this.

The second reason this method is great is because it makes your embroidery work LOOK BETTER! I hate when I can see each individual strand of thread I’ve sewn, especially when I’m embroidering my favorite daisy pattern. By splitting my thread, it lays nicely on the fabric and blends together more easily because the strands have been separated. I am not as easily able to see each individual strand.

The third reason will SAVE you! Do your fingers ever hurt and ache after embroidering because you have had to work so hard to pull the thread through the fabric? I often like to use all 6 strands of thread in my embroidery, and if I thread my needle the “normal” way, this means I am pulling 12 strands of thread through the fabric (since its folded over). This KILLS my fingers. By threading your needle using my method, you won’t have to pull as many strands through the fabric for every single stitch.

How to Back an Embroidery Hoop with Felt

There are so many ways you can back an embroidery hoop and some of them are great and some of them are, well, sketchy. I’ve done some experimenting and the method I feel looks most professional and doesn’t put your embroidery at risk with things like hot glue is the FELT METHOD. And the best part is it’s EASY! Here’s how to do it in just 5 simple steps!

*VIDEO TUTORIAL at the bottom of this post!

Step 1: Trim around your hoop so that your fabric is in a circle and pull the fabric tight so that it is firm in the embroidery hoop.

Step 2: Do a running stitch around the hoop and then pull the thread tight. This will cinch all your fabric together. Tie a knot to secure the fabric.

Step 3: Trace your hoop onto the felt and cut it out. You will have to trim it down a little so that it matches the size of your inner hoop.

Step 4: Place the felt on the back of your hoop and do a whip stitch around the hoop. Grab both layers (your embroidered fabric and the felt so they are being attached to each other) and go all the way around your hoop.

Step 5: Tie off the thread with a knot to secure the the felt.

Here’s a video tutorial for how I have followed these 5 simple steps to back an embroidery hoop with felt!