I have completely fallen in love with the new fabric line, Gingham GirlsGingham Girls, from Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. It is all retro ginghams, daisies and great colors and I just knew that it would be perfect for some new summer projects!
Of course I had to start of with a hoop – you know I can’t resist them! I also realized I don’t really have any summer hoops – and that is a serious problem that I needed to fix. :)
This hoop has fun embroidery but the real star are the little retro daisies and the fun plaid. It’s super easy to make too! You can have a sweet summer hoop to show off in just a couple of hours.
Here’s a look at the fabrics in the line – they are so cute! I think they’re great for so many things – quilts, home projects, patriotic things – and lots more!
I mean – that gingham with the daisies!! How great is that?!
So let’s get started on our hoop! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 12″ piece of base fabric
- 12″ x 5″ piece of Gingham Plaid White
- Small pieces for Flowers in Gingham Blossom Yellow, Gingham Main Navy, Gingham Flower Blue, Gingham Flower Red
- Fusible Webbing
- 12″ length of red rick rack
- Embroidery Floss: 987, 3842, White Pearl Cotton
- Embroidery Needle
- 10″ Embroidery Hoop
- Hot Glue
- Pom Pom Trim for Edge of Hoop
- Marking Pen or Pencil
- Hello Summer Embroidery Hoop Art Pattern
Iron fusible webbing on the back of the fabrics for the flowers and flower centers. Cut out the petal and flower centers. Remove the paper backing on the fusible webbing and using the pattern as a guide, iron the fabric flowers in place. Trace the lettering and the flower stems and leaves with a marking pen.
Stitch the leaves and stems with a chain stitch and the lettering with a back stitch. For all those stitches use three strands of floss. The “Summer” lettering is stitched by outlining and filling the letters with back stitches. Be careful when you’re filling the letters that you don’t pull the stitches too tight or you’ll cause the fabric to pucker.
Stitch around the petals and flower centers by doing a running stitch just inside the fabric edge, using the pearl cotton white. You can also use regular floss if that’s what you have on hand.
Remove the fabric from the hoop. Add a strip of fusible webbing to the top of the red plaid fabric. Iron it in place on the bottom section of the hoop fabric. Glue the length of red rick rack in place over the top edge of the plaid fabric. Put the fabric back in the hoop and make sure everything is level and the fabric is tight in the hoop.
Trim the fabric to 1/2″ around the hoop and glue the fabric to the inside back of the hoop. Glue the pom pom trim around the back edge of the hoop. If you need help finishing off the hoop, check out this tutorial.
Isn’t it fun? I think it’s going to look so cute in my kitchen for summer!!
You can find more info on Gingham Girls over at Diary of a Quilter and lots more awesome projects too. She also released four fabulous new patterns for this line, you can find them in her shop. And I have another project coming soon – it’s a Summer Mini Quilt! I can’t wait for you to see it.
What would you make with the line?
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