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5 alternate ways to use an embroidery hoop

5 alternate ways to use an embroidery hoop

Embroidery hoops are a relatively unknown craft item to those outside of the embroidery bubble, but they can be such a handy tool to have around for all kinds of different crafts and projects, and they definitely look while stylish while also being practical! We’ve come up with 5 alternate ways to use an embroidery hoop, each low cost and with minimal work.

1. String memos


You will need: 
Embroidery hoop
Yarn
Mini pegs

If there’s one thing that’s always left over in our craft boxes, it’s yarn. Yarn comes in all shapes, colours and sizes, and is a vital (and cheap) item to have stashed away for projects. Rather than using your yarn for knitting or crochet, pair it with an embroidery hoop to create your very own memory board, perfect for displaying reminder notes to yourself, important phone numbers and photos! Simply place long strands of yarn across the inner frame of your embroidery hoop, crossing pieces over until you have created a spider-web effect. Once you have enough yarn, pop the outer frame on top and adjust the screw to secure. Grab some mini pegs and start stringing up your memos!

 2. Photo display

You will need:
Embroidery hoop
Yarn
Glue gun
Photographs

Don’t spend money buying your own rotating picture frame… make your own in just a few minutes! Combine your favourite snaps with a piece of yarn, and loop around your embroidery hoop! Use the inner and outer sections of the hoop to create a one or two tier photo display, and use blue-tac or glue to secure depending on whether you want to interchange different images or make them permanent. Make sure your pictures are double-sided so whichever way your hoop spins, you can still see an image. 

3. Craft tool storage pocket

You will need:
Embroidery hoop
Glue gun
Fabric/felt
Scissors

If you find yourself misplacing tools on your craft table mid-project, then we have the perfect storage solution for you! Use an embroidery hoop to create a mini storage pouch which you can hang on the wall above your craft station or just keep handy on your desk. To make this nifty project, cut a piece of fabric to measure just larger than your inner hoop frame (approximately 20 x 20cm). Using either the same or a contrasting fabric, cut a fabric pocket measuring 10cm long, with a curved bottom. Using a glue gun (or a sewing machine if you prefer), adhere the pocket in the centre of the fabric, and then place on top of the inner frame. Place the outer frame on top and adjust the screw to secure.

 4. DIY pin board

You will need:
Embroidery hoop
Cork sheet

Miniature pin boards are all the range right now, and are the perfect desk accessory to display notelets, trinkets and even your pin badge collection. Armed with just an embroidery hoop and a cork sheet, you can efficiently create your own pin board at a fraction of the cost of buying one! Place the cork sheet into the frame as you would with fabric, and tighten the screw. Carefully cut around the cork to make sure it fits the frame, and that's all there is to it!

5. Earring storage

You will need:
Embroidery hoop
Fabric

If you want to display your jewellery in a contemporary and interesting way, embroidery hoops are just the thing to do that! Just as with the craft tool pocket, take a piece of fabric around 20 x 20cm, and simply place inside your embroidery frame. If your fabric is thin like cotton or felt, earrings should be able to be pushed through. If you are using thicker fabric, you can use a pin to carefully make holes for your earrings to rest in.  

 

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