How to make… A teacup hoop
■ 7" wooden embroidery hoop ■ ¼ yrd fabric ■ Scraps of felt in various colors ■ Embroidery floss ■ Needle and thread ■ Scissors ■ Pins
This adorable felt teacup hoop is a great way to use up felt scraps – and it makes a great
gift, too! The project doesn’t take much time and you probably have most of the supplies in your stash already. Customize your teacup hoop with any combination of colors or fabrics to match any decor.
01 Using the templates on page 85, cut out each shape from your
scraps of felt. You may find it easiest to pin the template into place and then cut both the felt and template at the same time.
02 Using embroidery floss in coordinating colors, whip-stitch
each felt piece into place. 03 Once the pieces are all attached, stitch additional details, such as a string for the teabag, with a slightly darker embroidery floss color. You can
freehand the details, like we did, or you can first lightly draw them on with pencil.
04 Iron your fabric if necessary, then cut a piece larger than the embroidery hoop. Stretch the fabric into the hoop and tighten.
05 Pin the mug into place and
whipstitch around the edges.
06 Once the mug is stitched down, position the felt smoke on top and then pin and stitch.
07 To finish the back of the hoop, trim the fabric in a circle at least ½" larger than the hoop.
08 Use your needle and thread to make a running stitch around the fabric, going around the entire circle.
09 Pull both ends of the thread tightly to gather the fabric, then knot the threads.
10 Optionally, you can cut a circle of felt to glue to the back. Note, however, that if you
intend to hang the finished piece, the back won’t be visible.
11 You can add a colorful ribbon for hanging your hoop – just glue a looped ribbon to the back, or hang the hoop itself directly on the wall!
Rebecca Greco Rebecca is a creative mom with a BFA in illustration and two young daughters. She began blogging to show off the cross stitches she designs, but also dabbles in a wide range of crafts. Lately embroidery and English paper pieced quilting have been her favorites, but she loves experimenting and has an ever-growing work-in-progress pile. www.hugsarefun.com