One of the embroidery questions I get asked periodically is how I finish the back of my hoops. There are several different ways to do this but I wanted to share my easy way for how to finish the back of embroidery hoop art!
This keeps the back of your hoop art all nice and tidy and hides all your stitches. It also prevents whatever wall color you’re hanging the hoop art on from showing through and changing the look of your design.
Here’s what you’ll need!
- Sharp Scissors
- Hot Glue
- Felt – at least as big as your hoop size
Once you are all finished with your embroidery, trim the fabric around the hoop so it’s about 1/2″ past the hoop. You don’t want it too long or it will distort the fabric on the front side of the hoop. If it’s too short, you’ll burn your fingerprints off when you glue it down. Not that I’d know anything about either of those alternatives. Ahem.
Run a bead of hot glue on the inside back of the hoop. Press the fabric down into the glue and continue around until the entire hoop is glued.
If you’re going to add any trim to the hoop, now’s the time to do it. If you’re adding pom pom trim or rick rack, glue it to the back of the hoop, so it sticks out past the edge.
Cut out a circle (or oval) the size of the hoop from felt. I typically use the cheaper polyester felt for this but if you’re making it as a gift or for something special, you might want to use the nicer wool felt.
Glue the felt in place on the back of the hoop. If any of the felt overlaps the edge, trim it off, you don’t want it showing from the front of the hoop.
That’s it! It’s so easy and takes just a little extra time to finish off the back of your hoops.
And here’s the front of the hoop that I’ve been showing! It’s a free tutorial over at 30 Handmade Days today!
So fun for Summer right?
I’d love to know – if you do embroidery hoop art, how do you finish the backs of your hoops?
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