This embroidery hoop upcycled wreath is easy to make with old flannel shirts that you may have on hand or can buy at your local thrift store.
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It's time for a Fall Blogger Challenge, and for this fall season, we are working with embroidery hoops. I turned mine into an embroidery hoop upcycled wreath using old flannel shirts. This idea came from Jemma Olson, of At Home with Jemma. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for Jemma, she could not join the challenge, because she was accepted to participate in a television reality show. How exciting! I can't wait to watch the show when it airs.
I had been thinking of making a wreath with plaid flannel for fall. Originally I planned to use a wire wreath frame, but when Jemma suggested embroidery hoops for the challenge, I knew just what to make.
One of these shirts was in our give away pile at home. The other two I bought at Goodwill for around $2 each.
To make this wreath start with cutting strips of fabric and spray them with spray starch to stiffen the fabric. Let dry, flip over and spray again.
I chose a contrasting burlap fabric for the inner hoop. Simply cut around the hoop leaving a little extra fabric along the edges.
Next, tie the strips to the outer embroidery ring.
Then you can insert the center ring. Unfortunately, as you can see my strips were too long, just flopped over. They were between 8-12 inches long because I wanted a little variation. This also helps utilize as much of the shirt as possible.
Instead of cutting them, I decided to make a double knot. This worked well and I liked the look of it.
Now with the double knot, you are dealing with extra fabric in the center making the inner hoop more difficult to wedge into the outer hoop. I was able to make it work but wanted to mention it here.
Embroidery Hoop Upcycled Wreath
This embroidery hoop upcycled wreath is now hanging from an old frame sitting on the mantel, getting ready for fall. Stop back to see the rest of the mantel in my fall home tour coming soon.
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