Family Portrait Embroidery Hoop

Family Portrait Embroidery Hoop | Mama Papa Bubba

As simple and quick as this project was, Gracen and I had so much fun with it today!  It only required 5 materials and took us around 20 minutes from start to finish, but gosh I love our new family portrait embroidery hoop.  I may be a little bit biased, but I think it’s just adorable and it makes for a fun way to display some of Miss G’s never-ending artwork, which I love.

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Here’s what we used for the project… A pencil, a pair of sharp scissors, a Crayola fabric marker, a 10-inch embroidery hoop, and a TEA TOWEL!  Of course you could just use a small piece of white fabric, but I didn’t have anything suitable on hand and we found really inexpensive all-cotton tea towels on sale at Ikea this weekend, which saved us from having to buy a metre of fabric. ☺

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To start with, I cut a square of fabric that was slightly larger than our embroidery hoop.  Then I positioned the hoop in the centre of the fabric and lightly traced around the outside of the hoop {tracing on the inside may make your lines visible in the final product}.

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Then I used some washi tape to hold down the corners of the fabric and Miss G got started on her drawing of our family.

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While I do think the tape helped keep everything in place, I also placed a hand on each side of the tea towel piece in order to help keep the fabric taut while she drew.

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It’s a little bit hard to see on our wrinkly tea towel, but here’s what her drawing looked like when done.

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Next, she agreed to let me trace her drawing using a black fabric marker.  While I’m sure she could have done this part on her own, I find that drawing on light, loose-woven fabric with marker can be tricky as it requires just the right about of pressure, so I offered to help out.

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In order to set most fabric markers, heat is required.  You can check your markers’ package for specific instructions, but ours call for ironing, so that’s what we did {well, as you can see, what Gracen did – the girl LOVES being able to use the iron and because she’s cautious by nature, I’ve never had an issue with letting her – even at 3 years old }.

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Here’s how we looked when she was done with us…  Pretty cute, right?

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Next, I loosened the embroidery hoop’s screw just a little bit and took the two rings apart.  With the smaller ring on the table, I placed Miss G’s family portrait on top {making sure that the circle I’d drawn in the beginning wouldn’t be visible} and then pressed the larger ring down on top before re-tightening the screw.

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Then I simply flipped the hoop over and trimmed off the excess fabric while Grae held the loose end up and out of the way.

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The edges won’t look perfect when you’re done, but no one will seem them once the piece is hung on the wall, so it really doesn’t matter.

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Though w could easily hang Miss G’s family portrait embroidery hoop up without, we added a small loop of black and white baker’s twine just for fun.

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And that was it!  Our family portrait is ready to be hung!


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