Well, after a year of crafting with embroidery hoops, it's time for this series to come to an end. As you might have guessed from my previous coffee cozy and hot pad series, I appreciate a chance to stretch my creative wings and try something new. As always, I loved some of these more than others (shhh!) but they were all fun to make. I hope you enjoy this last one with me, and thanks for playing along!
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To make one of these ornaments you'll need:
white cotton fabric
print fabric, cut into a 1" strip the width of the fabric (usually about 42 - 44")
You're also going to need a way to size your photos and type on your computer. This could be Photoshop or MS Publisher or any number of programs. If you don't have access to anything like that, you can also make it work with something online, like Canva. Since that part is specific to what you have available and your skill level with it, I can't really instruct on your particular project. What I can tell you is that you'll want your photo at least 1/4" larger all the way around than your 3" embroidery hoop.
Once your photo is ready to print, you can set up the paper. Cut a piece of freezer paper 8 1/2 x 11". Iron the shiny side onto the back of the white fabric with no steam.
Cut out the paper shape from the fabric. I've found I have less problems with stray strings if I cut as close to the paper as possible.
Insert the paper into your printer and print your photos onto the fabric side. I've never had a problem with this, and I've done it many times, but use caution so you don't damage your printer. Make sure any stray threads are removed and use the bypass tray at the back if possible.
Peel the paper off the back of the fabric.
Cut out your circle, leaving at least an extra 3/4" on all sides. They don't need to be perfect...obviously.
Set the photos aside. Turn both edges to the center on your 1" strip of fabric and press. This little tool is a huge time saver when it comes to that.
Glue the end of the fabric strip to the inside of the outer ring.
Wrap the fabric around at an angle, overlapping slightly, until you're back at the top. Wrap closely to the hardware. Clip the remaining fabric off and glue the end to the inside. I went back and wrapped a short piece around the starting end to cover the hoop closer to the hardware. Set aside the remaining fabric strip.
Before you assemble your ornament, trace around the center ring onto the felt. Cut it out just outside the line so it's slightly larger.
Fun fact, this is STILL leftover felt from the Robin Hood Hats. You know, the ones I made right after I started this blog, back when my kid who is now a Navy sailor was in the 4th grade. Definitely bought way too much.
Insert your photo into the hoop. Because of the added bulk of the fabric, I had to remove the screw at the top in order to insert the center ring, then I was able to pull the two ends together to reinsert it.
Glue the edges of the fabric to the inside of the hoop on the back. Glue the felt circle to cover it.
Grab the remaining fabric strip you have leftover from wrapping the hoop. It should be around 12 - 18" long, depending on how tightly you wrapped your hoop. Fold it in half again, folding both short edges to the inside, and press. Stitch down the length of it.
Tie it into a loop at the top of the hoop for hanging.
Talking about my son back in 4th grade made me all misty, so I'm glad I went with this photo of my munchkins for one of these.
This is probably my favorite photo from our daughter's wedding a few years ago. It really sums up these three.
And it all started here, just a short 26 years ago.
There are lots of options for these. As you can see, I went with washed out black and white photos and colorful print, but you could use color photos, embroider the print or sew on extra buttons or other trim.
Wouldn't these make great gift tags? Mine are already hanging on my tree to remind me of my favorite people and this fun embroidery hoop art series! :-)