Wrapped Embroidery Hoop DIY

Wrapping an embroidery hoop is an attractive and popular way to frame and display your needlework. There is a whole book, Hoop-La!: 100 things to do with embroidery hoops focusing just on creating art work within embroidery hoops! I use them all the time, as you can see in this project, this project, and this project!

I do recommend wrapping the hoop after you’ve completed your embroidery. This ensures the hoop stays as clean as possible as the cotton tends to fray if overly handled. 


Wooden Embroidery Hoop

3/4 inch wide strips of fabric (I used quilting cotton)

Sewing Thread


Double Sided Scrapbook Adhesive

Small Scissors

1. Separate the hoop. You’ll be working with the outside hoop (the one with the hardware).

2. Apply the scrapbook adhesive all the way around the outside of the hoop. Apply adhesive to the inside of the hoop just at the very top, next to the hardware.

3. Using your strip of fabric, tuck the end of the strip to the inside of the hoop. Complete one and a half full wraps.

4. Continue wrapping, each wrap should cover the last by at least a 1/4 of an inch.

5. When you’ve wrapped all the way around, apply more adhesive to the inside of the hoop. Trim your tail and tuck it to the inside.

6. Firmly secure the last wrap with a small stitch.

7. Position your embroidery until satisfied and tighten the hoop hardware. 

8. Flip your embroidery and hoop over. Using an needle and two strands of sewing thread, stitch a running stitch through the fabric hanging out the back of the hoop. The stitch should be about 3/4 of an inch away from the hoop. Make a full circle.

9. Tighten the running stitch so that the fabric is drawn in and cannot be seen from the front.  Make a knot to ensure the running stitch does not come out.

10. The cotton will have frayed a bit. Trim these pieces for a clean and finished look.

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