Team a few pretty fabric and haberdashery scraps with an embroidery hoop to create your own embroidery hoop storage pockets – great to hang in your sewing space, or fill with stitching treats and give one to a sewing friend.
You will need…
Print cotton in three contrasting designs, fat quarters would work – we used Foxglove by Aneela Hoey for Cloud9 kindly supplied by Hantex. See here for stockists.
Embroidery hoop – 19cm diameter
(see Pretty Fabrics & Trims for a great selection of ribbons and ric-racs)
Adhesive-backed hessian – available from Hobby Craft
You can sew pocket dividers into the storage by simply stitching a series of vertical lines through the layered fabrics before you secure them into the hoop.
You can scale this pattern up or down to fit a larger or smaller hoop by simply increasing the size of the fabric pieces – be sure to include at lease a 2cm border to allow the fabrics to be folded in neatly.
1. Create the Base Fabric
Trim the main fabric to 24cm square, fuse the Vlieseline F220 on to the wrong side of the fabric and set aside.
2. Make Large Pocket
Trim the fabric for the larger pocket to 16cm x 25cm. Along one long side, fold under a 1cm to the wrong side and press, fold under a further 1cm and press again. With a straight machine stitch work a line of neat top stitching across the folded edge to secure the fabrics.
3. Create the Smaller Pocket
Trim the remaining fabric for the smaller pocket to 10cm x 25cm. Along one long side, fold under 1cm to the wrong side and press, fold under a further 1cm and press again. With a straight machine stitch work a line of neat top stitching across the folded edge to secure the fabrics.
Position a piece of ric-rac along the length of the pocket and work a line of stitching along the centre to secure it to the pocket front.
4. Layer the Fabrics
Place the backing fabric right side uppermost and layer the two pockets on top aligning the lower edges. Open out the hoop and use the outer portion – the larger one – as a template to draw a circle on the back of the adhesive-backed hessian.
5. Secure the Fabrics in the Hoop
Place the outer portion of the hoop over the top of the layered fabrics and the inner portion onto the inside and secure the fabrics in place. Tighten the fittings to ensure that the fabrics are secured firmly in the hoop.
6. Affix the Backing
Working on the back of the hoop, fold and press in the excess fabrics into the inside of the hoop – trimming away any bulk at the corners. Position the hessian in place onto the back of the hoop and firmly secure to conceal all the work on the back. Trim a length of ribbon and feed through the hoop fastening before knotting to create a hanging loop.
You’ve now created your own embroidery hoop storage pockets! Well done!
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