No Sew Mini Hoops – miniature embroidery month

the no sew mini hoop

Who says mini hoops are only meant for embroidery? It’s your hoop, you can do with it what you want!

Maybe you have some cute fabric laying around that is too cute to use it? Yes, I’m totally guilty of buying fabrics with cute patterns that I never dare to use for projects. Usually, these pieces of fabric are too small for anything either, because who needs 2m of woodland animals staring in your face? Ok, maybe I need that, but no, I wouldn’t make a skirt out of it. Most likely. Maybe I would.

Here is the solution for the sacred fabrics that are too good to be used. Display them as a piece of art and whoosh you will want to use it right away!

Using fabric for your mini hoop is great if

  • you have a special pile of collected sacred fabrics never to be touched
  • you have saved lots of bits and bobs of fabric that are too pretty to throw away
  • you need a last minute gift (this project is REALLY quickly done)
  • you noticed that tiny stitches are not for you and already have bought a stash of mini hoops

 

I had this woodland animal printed fabric laying around for years. I bought it in the South of Germany when I visited my mother. I looked at it and immediately knew I would never use it for something useful. But it was just too pretty to let it pass. Fabric stores are cruel. They provide you with so many pretty things and then you have to decide not only which ones you want to give a new home – you also have to decide which ones you’ll leave behind.

Here is the unbelievably complicated method I used to make the no sew mini hoop

the no sew mini hoop

1// Choose your fabric and which part of it will be seen in your hoop. Believe it or not, this is the most difficult and time-consuming step of this tutorial.

 

the no sew mini hoop

2// Put the inner ring or plate of your hoop under the fabric exactly where you want it to be.

the no sew mini hoop

3// Cut out the fabric with a little bit of allowance. Instead of using the plate as a guide you can mark the circle on the back of the fabric, too.

the no sew mini hoop

4// Put the fabric in your hoop and finish it off. I have a tutorial about this step vor embroidery hoop style pendants here and for bezels here.

Now instead of using pre-printed fabric, it would be interesting to print or transfer a photograph on fabric and use it for pendants. I have not yet printed on fabric, but it would make a great gift for sure! *Christmas is around the corner cough cough*

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