How to Back an Embroidery Hoop for Framing

felt and embroidery hoopThere are many ways to frame an embroidery. I really like how they look framed in wooden embroidery hoops. This is tutorial for how I permanently frame an embroidery in an embroidery hoop.

You need:
Wooden embroidery hoop. Available cheap at craft stores. Not recommended for use while embroidering, but pretty for framing purposes.
Felt for backing. Synthetic craft felt works just fine, but if you have nice wool felt you can use that too. Other fabrics are possible, but it must be something that doesn’t ravel.
Fine tip permanent marker.
Shears. Regular shears (or scissors) are necessary. Also having pinking shears is suggested.
Hot glue gun.

trace around hoop on feltTrace around the edge of the outer ring of the embroidery hoop with your permanent marker.

cut feltCut out the circle of felt just inside the marker line.

pink edges of emroideryPosition your embroidery in the embroidery hoop. Use pinking shears to pink the fabric 3/4″ from the edge of the embroidery hoop. Pinking isn’t absolutely required because you will be gluing the fabric in place so there is essentially no opportunity for it to unravel, so you can also use normal shears to trim to size. If you are terrified of your fabric unraveling you can also serge around the edge, run a small zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, or use fray-check on the cut edge.

glue embroidery to back sideOn the reverse side of the embroidery, run a small line of hot glue along the inside of the inner embroidery hoop and press your fabric down into it. Only add a couple of inches of glue at a time so that you can work slowly and carefully without rushing and worrying about the glue drying before you get your fabric in place.

glue felt on back of hoopRun a line of hot glue along the back of the embroidery embroidery hoop and place your felt circle in place. Again, work slowly and carefully.

embroidery hanging on wallHang your framed embroidery on your wall and step back to admire it! The embroidery that I have used in this tutorial is my How Do I Love Thee? embroidered love letter.

Comments 3

  1. Thank you for this tutorial! I’ve just finished my first embroidery project (a baby gift for my best friend), and yours was the best I found. Love your site!!

  2. Thanks! This is just what I needed! I taught some beginning sewing to 3rd graders at my daughters school and wanted to finish off their embroidery projects. This tutorial worked great! I tied a ribbon at the top of each hoop and now they can give their work as a gift or just hang it.

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