How to make… A teacup hoop

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Ma­te­ri­als

■ 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!

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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

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