Summer is around the corner! And that means vacation time. Now someday I would love to have a fabulous pink and turquoise retro camper that is all decked out with pretty fabrics and a bunting to roam the country in. Though if it is pink and turquoise and buntinged (totally a word) up, I might be by myself since I’m not sure my husband will set foot in it. A girl can dream though right?
Until then, I’m going to just dream, and make all sorts of things with cute little campers on them – like my new Retro Camper Embroidery Hoop Art!
I’m kind of in love with how this turned out. I used the “get out of town” phrase that is on my Kate Spade Knockoff Bag – I thought it went pretty perfect with the little camper.
This is not hard to make either. I know it has some sketchy little stitching on it, but that is really easier than it looks. And if you don’t want to do that, you could embroider it by hand, or just leave the stitching off!
Here’s your materials list:
- One 8″ embroidery hoop
- fabric for background
- interfacing or embroidery stabilizer
- fusible webbing
- assorted fabrics for camper
- ribbon or trim for camper
- pom pom trim for hoop
- hot glue/gun
- embroidery thread for stitching
- disappearing ink marker
- Retro Camper Pattern
Cut out all your hoop pieces from the pattern and iron fusible webbing onto the back. I just added small strips of webbing to the tops of the bunting pieces, I wanted the ends to be loose so it looked like it was hanging there.
Assemble your hoop:
- Remove the fusible webbing backing from all the pieces. Iron the top and bottom of the camper to your background fabric. Iron the wheel in place too.
Iron a piece of fusible interfacing or stabilizer on the back side of your project. This will make it so your sketchy stitching doesn’t pull the fabric and make it pucker.
- Use a free motion foot on your sewing machine and stitch around the edge of the camper and the wheel twice. It’s cuter if your stitching isn’t perfect.
- Cut a piece of trim a little wider than your camper. Tuck the ends in and sew in place over the dividing line of the camper.
- Iron your window and door (and door window) in place on the camper. I put my window a little higher on the camper than it shows on the pattern – but it would be cute either way. Stitch around the windows and door. Stitch window panes onto the camper window.
- Fuse the tops of the bunting pieces in place. Stitch along the tops of the buntings, leaving the ends free so they come off the camper just a little.
- Close up of the door so you can see the stitching a little better.
Trace the lettering under the front of the camper with a disappearing ink marker. Embroider the letters with a simple back stitch. (Tutorial here if you need it)
Trim around the edge of the edge of the hoop so there is about 1/2″ of fabric all the way around. Glue the fabric to the inside of the back of the hoop. Glue your pompom trim onto the back side of the hoop as well.
If you want, you can finish off the back of the hoop with a circle of felt. This keeps everything nice and tidy looking. And that is it!
I have the hoop hanging in my entryway – with my other summery type hoops and some other fun things – I love how cheery it all looks as soon as you walk in the door!
Do any of you have a little retro camper? Or maybe you’re just crushing on them like me?! Either way I hope you give the hoop a try!
If you want to check out some more fun hoop art – take a look at these: