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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Twist on Decorating With Embroidery Hoops

I'm sure you've seen this, one of the cutest ways to add pops of color and charm to your walls; fabric embroidery hoops.




I've done these myself and had them hanging in our guest bedroom until we started using that room for storage (gotta have somewhere for all of my thrifting stuff!).

Earlier today, I had the idea of using my hoops and fabric to decorate for fall.  After dinner, I went up to my studio to go through my fabric and pick out something suitable for Fall.  Right away, I hit a roadblock...  I don't have any Fall colored fabrics.   But you know what I do have???  Scrapbook paper!  Tons of scrapbook paper.  I even have some Fall-ish scrapbook paper.  Hmmm...

Here's what I did.


Here's how you can do it.

Supplies:
  • Various sized embroidery hoops
  • Various scrapbook papers or card-stock
  • a pen
  • some scissors
  • a pan of water
  • hair dryer (optional)

1 - Separate the hoops.  

2 - On the back of your paper, trace the inside of the inside hoop.  Cut out    your circle, adding about 1/2 inch allowance around it.

3 - Submerge paper in water and leave it until it relaxes and the edges stop curling.

4 - Remove paper and shake as much water off as you can.

5 - Lay the paper on top of the interior hoop.

6 - Unscrew clasp on the outer hoop as far and you can and stretch the hoop over the papered hoop.

7 - Tighten clasp.

8 - (optional) Use hair dryer to dry any excess water and then let piece dry completely.

9 - Trim off any excess paper.


Do you know what's so great about using scrapbook paper for these instead of fabric?  Scrapbook paper is cheaper and there's more to choose from!  More coordinating papers!  The possibilities with these are endless.  Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day..  all of 'em!


I'll be linking up to these awesome parties!

39 crafty peeps said:

  1. I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Jeanette

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  2. I totally {heart} the patterns you chose!!!!
    awesome idea :)


    ~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  3. So industrious of you to think of paper instead of fabric! Way to use that noggin'! :) They do look very fallish indeed!
    Thanks for linking up to my party, always good to see you!
    Hugs
    Missy

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  4. Wow ..really its Very Graceful as ..so creative and performed in a very good manner.....

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  5. That REALLY is an awesome idea! I have tons of scrapbook paper too. I never thought of using it like that, certainly not putting in water. That brings scrapbook paper to a whole new dimension! Imaginet the possibilities. Thanks for dropping by as well!
    Lisa

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  6. Hello, Howdy, Hi I am a new follower. I would love for you to follow me also.
    http://traci66.blogspot.com/2010/09/where-i-am-hopping-today.html

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  7. What a great project!
    I'm a new follower, will you follow me?
    http://songberries.blogspot.com/2010/09/buzz-on-by-thursday_09.html

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  8. Hey, these are pretty darn cute!!! I'll be here tomorrow! Thanks for inviting me over!! :)

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  9. Hi, I'm following you back from BOBT. Thank you for visiting Fashionably Organized. I love this project. I'm definitely going to link to it in my DIY next Wed.

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  10. I would love to have you join me tomorrow over at our Sassy Sites blog party! It's our Feature YOU Friday! Come by and check it out! xoxo

    Marni
    @ Sassy Sites!

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  11. What a great idea. I see plates and frames hung on the wall in groups like this but this really adds a lot of great colors and textures to the wall.

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  12. Just found your blog and I'm glad I did :) I love this idea! Very creative. Also, I live in SC too, so I share your love for the South!!

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  13. What a great idea! & they look so cute too : )

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  14. What a great idea - I've never thought of using these for seasonal decorations! Yours look great!

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  15. Thanks for sharing this! I just bought like 6 or 7 hoops at a thrift store and wanted to try putting paper in it but wasn't sure if it would work. Now, I know it does! :)

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  16. This looks so so lovely! What a good idea to use paper instead of fabric.

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  17. Love this. The papers you chose are so pretty and really go together well.

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  18. Great idea, and wonderful for mantle decor! Thanks!

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  19. I'm a scrapbooker, and I have LOTS of extra paper! This is a terrific idea, and I love how versatile it can be with just a little effort at the change of seasons. Great job!

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  20. Those are too cute!! I love them! :) I just got a bunch of those embroidery hoops from my mom, and now I know what to do with them! As well as what to do with all my favorite fabrics that I don't want to run out of! ;)

    Following along!
    Have a great day! :)

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  21. This is a brilliant idea! I have so much pattern paper. I can't wait to try this.

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  22. Very cute. I love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. So simple and cute and cheap! Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party!

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  24. I had to use your idea, but also referenced you. Hope you don't mind! I didn't know what to do with my hoops, but I'm so glad I came across your blog! They are so cute!

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  25. Very clever idea! Never thought of doing something like this! Hopped over from Treasures and Trinkets!

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  26. I love this idea! I never would have thought to get the paper wet, but it makes total sense! Thank you for sharing! And thanks for linking up to my Friday link party. See you next week! ;)

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  27. LOVE this idea!!! So simple, so cute! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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  28. Love these!! And while I am here -- love your banner at the top of your blog!!! :)

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  29. What a great idea! You could decorate for any holiday or occasion for way cheap!! Love it!

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  30. What fun fall colors. I love that this project allows you to change the colors depending on the season!

    I'd love for you to come and join my Fall link party next Friday (Sept. 24) and stop by because I'll be posting fall projects all week and featuring others too!

    ~JILL
    http://envirocraftiness.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-week.html

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  31. Love these and i'm going to feature them on my blog today.

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  32. These are great! Thanks a bunch for joining us this week!
    {Rebekah}

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  33. These turned out great!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

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  34. I've been thinking of doing a project like this for my toddlers room - love your color choices!

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  35. This is so interesting. Thank you for the idea. MARTHIE

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  36. Very cool!! I'm so going to do this in my living room!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Whoda thunk? These are so cute. I have the perfect wall for these!

    Jessica @ myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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