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Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial from The Silly Pearl

Hi all!
Travis is HOME!!! YAY!!
So, I am taking a little break to spend time with him and Miss P, I'm sure you all understand.
Today, Stephanie from The Silly Pearl is here to share a great wreath Tutorial with you. Enjoy! 
The Silly Pearl

Hello lovely A Glimpse Inside Readers!
 My name is Steph, and I write the blog The Silly Pearl about the crafts I make in between married life and twin mamahood.
Thank you Allison for having me here on your blog today!
I’m excited to share a wreath I made a few years ago. It’s special to me because it was the first things I made after my girls were born.
Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
The Silly Pearl - Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Here’s what you’ll need:
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  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Fabrics for the yoyos in your desired color scheme
  • Fabrics for the embroidery hoops (I used heavier fabrics)
  • More heavy fabric for hanging strap (start with 3 inches by 20 inches or so), or ribbon.
  • Needle and Thread
  • Disappearing ink pen 
  • Round objects in various sizes for tracing circles (water glass, bowl, plate, etc).
  • Button cover kit, or regular buttons
  • Fabric scissors
  • Not pictured: Embroidery floss, embroidery needle, and sewing machine (optional)



Directions:
First, make your yoyos. If you don’t know how, here’s a quick tutorial:
-Trace and cut out circles in different sizes.
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-Then, 1) Gather along the edges with your needle and thread 2) pulling along the way 3) until you’ve gone around a full circle and 4) flatten into a yoyo, pull the starting end out about an inch and cut off the other end about the same length, and knot together tightly.
How to Make a Fabric YoYo - The Silly Pearl

Now, make your covered buttons. These are size 3/4 inch. Just follow the directions on your covered button kit. Or you can just use regular buttons.
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Cut out heavy fabrics about 2 inches or so bigger than your embroidery hoop. Insert into the embroidery hoops. Don’t trim yet because you may need to reposition it (in the pic below I tucked the excess fabric underneath).
Position the yoyos and buttons on your embroidery hoops until you like how it looks (and take a picture to which to refer back!).
Also, write out the holiday word you’d like to use on a piece of paper and position that as well.
Then sew buttons onto yoyos and yoyos onto the embroidery hoop fabric.
I wrote the word with my washable fabric pen and embroidered over it. Make sure the fabric in the embroidery hoops are taught, and trim off excess fabric.
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Finally, we need to hang the embroidery hoops. You can use a ribbon or twill tape, but I had some of the matching striped fabric left over. So I pressed a long strip in half, then opened it up and pressed the long edges to meet in the middle. Then I folded that in half, pressed it once more and top stitched the edges.
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Finally I inserted the hanging strap through the embroidery hoops at either end, adjusted it on my wreath hook, and tied the straps on like I would a tie. Then I trimmed the raw ends with pinking shears. EmbroideryHoopWreath7

All done! Hope this inspires you to make something on your own! Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreath by The Silly Pearl

And hope you'll come visit me at The Silly Pearl Blog for more tutorials, or stop by the brand new The Silly Pearl SHOP! on Etsy. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
The Silly Pearl SHOPMany thanks again to Allison for having me here today. Happy Holiday Crafting!


Super cute Stephanie! Thanks for sharing! 
allison

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