I never had any use for embroidery hoops. I don't embroider - what could I possibly want with them? But now that I've found a non-sewing way to use them, I can't get enough of making this easy project!


This one is super quick and easy. I made these for my 7-year-old daughter's newly-designed room, so I chose light blue fabric and pink appliques. (The cotton-y cloud fabric is my favorite!)  

Add your fabric to the embroidery hoop as if you were going to use it to embroider. (This is about as close to sewing as I get!) Make sure the hoop is good and tight to hold your fabric in place. If you're lucky, you won't even have to iron the fabric first, but be warned: you might have to.

Then flip the whole thing over and trim off the excess fabric with sharp scissors. Perfection isn't needed - this side will be hanging against the wall - but you want to cut enough of the fabric so that none will be peeking around from the back when your creation is finished.

Then it's time to add your applique. If you know how to sew, you could easily sew this on, but non-sewers can use tacky or fabric glue to adhere it. I added a pink gingham bird to the cloud fabric and I just love how it came out!

Next I made another similar one with similarly light blue fabric and butterfly and flowers appliques. These are going to look awesome hanging in my 7 year old's new bedroom - and I'm thinking these will make great gifts come the holidays as well!