How to Make Easy Fabric Ornaments With Mini Embroidery Hoops

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
3 Materials
30 Minutes

Hello Readers. It is Christmas time and that means decorating a tree with ornaments.

I had an idea to make fabric ornaments using small embroidery hoops. I thought this would be a great way to save a piece of fabric or scrap from a sentimental sewing project.

Let's get started rafting these DIY embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments!

DIY embroidery hoop ornaments

These ornaments were quick and easy to put together. They also gave me a way to use these little embroidery pieces.

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I got my embroidery pieces from a failed sewing project but you could use almost anything. Scraps from a wedding or christening gown. A piece of a favorite baby blanket. The character or design from a t-shirt. Anything you like.

More DIY Embroidery Hoop Ideas

Check out our guide on embroidery hoop crafts for more information on how to use an embroidery hoop to make home decor, as well as sizes, shapes, and other helpful crafting tips.

Attaching the fabric to the embroidery hoop

1. Attach the fabric to the embroidery hoop

When you place the piece of fabric between the 2 pieces of the embroidery hoop and tighten the screw on top, the fabric will be very secure and will not come out unless you loosen the screw.

There will be a lot of excess fabric sticking out in the back though.

Trimming the excess fabric

2. Trim the excess

You can use scissors to trim that excess off. Cut as close the the embroidery hoop as you can to remove as much excess as possible.

Hiding the back of the embroidery hoop with felt

3. Hide the back with felt

The back of my ornament looked OK but if you want to hide the back of your fabric, you can glue on a piece of felt. Felt doesn't fray so it will be great as a backing.

Tracing the embroidery hoop

Trace the embroidery hoop

Trace around the embroidery hoop so you can cut out a circle that is exactly the right size for your hoop.

Fabric craft glue

Grab some fabric or craft glue to attach your felt circle.

Applying glue to the back of the embroidery hoop

Apply glue to the back of the embroidery hoop

Put glue on the back, all the way around the hoop.

Attaching the felt

Attach the felt

Press the felt down on the glue to set it in place. Press firmly so it really gets adhered to the hoop. I let my ornaments dry overnight.

Felt on the back of the ornament

The felt gives the ornament a very clean look in the back but you can skip this step if you don't think it is necessary for your ornament.

Plastic embroidery hoop

Bonus: alternative hoop ornament

When I bought my little embroidery hoops I saw this brightly colored plastic hoop.

How to make a fabric ornament with a plastic embroidery hoop

I thought this would be a fun kid or grandparent project. I let my son put an ornament together using basically the same method.

He liked this Santa fabric scrap. He was able to put the fabric in and cut off the excess. I made sure the screw was tightened and would keep the fabric in place for him before he started cutting.

DIY plastic embroidery hoop ornament

This ornament of Santa turned out cute and he was very happy with it.

DIY embroidery hoop ornaments

DIY embroidery hoop ornaments

I hope you can make a DIY fabric ornament or embroidery hoop ornament using this idea. Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below. I wish you a very Happy Holidays.

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For more festive decor projects, discover Hometalk's best DIY personalized Christmas ornament ideas or this ultimate list of 59+ easy-to-make DIY Christmas ornaments.

Suggested materials:
  • Embroidery Hoop   (Sewing/Craft Supply)
  • Craft Glue   (Sewing/Craft Supply)
  • Fabric Scraps   (On-hand)
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