The humble embroidery hoop is not only an essential tool for needlework, it can also have creative uses too. And we’re not just taking about using it to frame your work – which is a given – there are LOTS of other exciting embroidery hoop ideas, as you will see…
1. Mirror, Mirror
Decorate your embroidery hoop with washi tape, then mount a mirror inside it for wall decor with a twist (with or without a fish).
2. Shimmering Wreath
Use ribbon, beads, buttons and bells to create a pretty alternative wreath for Christmas.
3. Here’s the Key
Stitch a house design then screw in some cup hooks at the bottom to hold keys. You could also use this idea to hold dog leads with a picture of your pooch instead!
4. Handy Holder
Create a pocket with dividers to hold pencils, crochet hooks, rulers etc. This would also be good for make-up brushes next to your dressing table.
5. Tick Tock
A simple patchwork with some stick-on numbers and a clock mechanism can transform an embroidery hoop into a working timepiece! You could also do it with felt numbers and felt hands that move to help teach children how to tell the time.
6. Play the Game
Some simple embroidered felt with Velcro pieces can create a fun, tactile game of noughts and crosses that the grandchildren will remember forever!
7. Chic Chandelier
Edge different sized hoops with lace ribbons and trimmings and suspend them in size order for a pretty lacy chandelier.
8. All the Pretty Flowers
Stitch a vase-shaped pocket on your favourite background fabric to hold a faux flower or make some pompoms and mount them on wires for some fun stylized flowers – a great alternative to a bunch of real flowers to give to a friend!
9. Calming Mobile
Suspend hoops vertically and you can create a pretty mobile. This sleepy bird design is very calming, but the options are endless for alternatives. Wrapping the hoop in yarn gives a very tactile effect, embellished with flower motifs.
10. Precious Memories
Create a fun circular photo album with two hoops and some ribbon – you’ll need to cut your photos into circles to fit, but the effect is so clever and gives you an album to treasure forever!
11. Tooth Fairy Pockets
A tooth shaped pocket sewn onto your favourite background fabric can make a great tooth fairy pocket to hang from the end of the bed, meaning the poor fairy doesn’t have to risk getting swashed while trying to retrieve the tooth from under the pillow!
12. Chalk it Up
Chalkboard paint can transform anything into a chalkboard! This hoop version would be great for the craft room to record any blinding flashes of inspiration in a hurry!
13. Pretty Pincushion
You have to look twice to see this pincushion is created from an embroidery hoop – but what a cute idea!
14. Jolly Jewellery
Some self-covered buttons sewn onto your favourite background fabric can become an ingenious jewellery holder. LOVE IT!
15. Take Notice
With a bit of foam board, some fabric and pretty pins, you can upcycle an embroidery hoop into a handy pin board for important notices or appointment cards
16. Picture Perfect
Mount a favourite photo in a hoop and then embellish it with cut-outs and peel-offs to create a unique personal memento of a special moment. Why not try it with pet photos and add bow-ties, glasses, and hats? Hours of fun!