How to wrap an embroidery hoop in fabric

Embroidery hoop wrapped in fabric
Why wrap your hoop? 

This is a simple, quick and fun method of personalising your hoop to use during your stitching process or as a decorative frame.

Thing’s you’ll need.

  • An embroidery hoop
  • Some cotton fabric (preferably one that doesn’t fray too badly)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun or strong craft glue
  • A pencil
  • A ruler

Things you'll need to wrap your embroidery hoop in fabric


Step one - prepare your fabric

Measure 1 inch widths on your fabric and mark with a pencil line

Measure an inch strip of fabric and mark with a pencil line

Carefully cut your fabric into strips.

Carefully follow the pencil line to cut your fabric into strips

Step two - get gluing

Apply a decent blob of glue to the end of the outer hoop.

Apply a blob of glue to your embroidery hoop

Firmly stick the end one of your fabric strips to the underside of the hoop then begin to carefully wind the fabric around and around the hoop, keeping it taut as you go. 

Stick the end of the fabric to the glue

Apply more glue to the underside of the hoop every three of four or four winds, making sure you cover the bare wood and the fabric.

Wrap the fabric around the hoop

Restart with a new fabric strip as necessary until you reach the end of your hoop.

Step three - finishing off

Apply another good blob of glue on the underside of you hoop, firmly attach the fabric, then trim any excess.

How to wrap an embroidery hoop - finish with a blob of glue

Trim any stray fraying threads and leave to dry for 24 hours.

Use your hoop to frame your stitched piece. See our ‘how to frame in an embroidery hoop’ tutorial for more help on this.

Embroidery hoop wrapped in fabric

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