16 July 2014

A little happy tutorial ~ How I back my Embroidery Hoops

It's been a while since I shared an embroidery tutorial, but I've been asked a couple of times in the last week how I back my embroidery hoops.  Over the years I've tried different methods, but this my tried and trusted way, so I thought I would share.......

Before you start your hoop art, fabric pen* the inner hoop’s contour onto a piece of felt, then cut out. * I always use an erasable pen, just in case I make a mistake! 

Once you've finished your embroidery, turn the hoop over and trim the excess fabric 1” ( 2 ½ cm) away from the hoop edge.

Using embroidery thread or something similar, starting at the top, stitch a row of running stitch around the seam allowance, ensuring that you leave a long tail at the beginning.

Once you’ve stitched the full circle, take the thread ends and pull them together to gather the fabric. Knot the thread in place to secure the pleats.  I have at time left my hoops like this, however when gifting them I always do the following.......

To neatly finish the back of your hoop, take the circle of felt you prepared earlier and Whip Stitch in co-ordinating coloured embroidery thread the felt circle to the gathered linen below.

Ta Dah.......that’s it the back of your hoop is all lovely and neat. Hang in place, stand back, admire and enjoy!!!

In case you're interested, the piece I backed was my Autumn Leaves Hoop, which you can read all about HERE.


  1. Hi Sarah, this is really a perfect finish, neat and tidy... I also do adore the button :)
    Love from Turkey...

  2. SO beautifully done Sarah!!! What a wonderful way to finish off a hoop for a gift. xx

  3. A very neat way to finish off any embroidery in a hoop. Simple to do too, which makes it even more attractive.

  4. A great tutorial Sarah thank you! It looks so neat and tidy, I will definitely be trying this :)
    Marianne x

  5. Great effect, a clean embroidery.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Thank you for this very useful tutorial. I'll be remember to do this the next time. Thanks again! x

  7. Oh now, that is such a good idea! It does look more finished, and a wee bit more professional, that way. Thanks for the tip and clear tutorial. x

  8. What a great article, i just loved it and i loved to read it. Excellent thought author,i have bookmarked it.
    Jpg Art

  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  10. Hi Sarah! I didn't realise you had a blog! Just found you now. Been meaning to sort out backing hoops for ages! This such a great tip, thank you so much
    Imogen x

  11. Brilliant! I have been struggling with pieces of card and glue. Will try this now.

  12. Do you know how long I have been looking for a better way to back my hoops?? This is fab! Thank you :)

  13. is the button for decoration only… Or do you use it to hang the needle work?

    1. Hi Becky, thank you for asking, On this occasion I added the button as a decoration, however I have in the past tied some twine around it (once sewn on) and created a little loop to hand the hoop from. Sarah xo

  14. Thank you! I feel better about finishing my hoops now :3

  15. Thank you! I feel better about finishing my hoops now :3

  16. I still have e6000 and hot glue on my finger tips from the last hoop I finished, but I now I know a better way. Thank you Sarah!!!

  17. I just finished my first ever embroidery piece and used this to finish off the back. Very easy! Much appreciated!! :)

  18. So simple, yet so beautiful. Thank you!


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, it really does make my day! If you have a question, please do ask away and I will do my very best to answer. Sarah xo

Update July 2020: Unfortunately, due to a large increase in spam and inappropriate comments, I have turned on 'Comment Moderation', so your comment will not appear immediately. My apologies for this!

© A Little Happy Place | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig