Make: Step-by-Step Embroidery Hoop Picture Hanging

Sorry for the dreadful pun…
This is a step-by-step post demonstrating how to make an Embroidery Hoop Picture Hanging: the one I’m making in this post is for Busby’s nursery. (Instructions for each step are underneath each image.)

I saw this idea on Instagram the other day and thought “Wow that looks like such an awesome, but incredibly simple idea – I’m going to give it a go!” I have trawled through hundreds of photos to find out who posted their example so I can thank them for inspiring me, but alas they are nowhere to be found. However, if you’re reading this and it was you who posted the wonderful picture, then thank you so much – it’s such a fab idea! I also found inspiration in the beautiful Inari fox wall-hanging by Mooshpie – thank you as well, Cheska!

Step 1: You’ll need some gorgeous fabric (I love this print – perfect for the woodland nursery) and an embroidery hoop. Size doesn’t matter *wink wink oooh Matron* – it depends on how big you want your picture to be. 
Step 2: Paint the outer hoop whatever colour you fancy. (You don’t have to do this – I just didn’t think the brown of the wood did anything for the fabric.)
Step 3: Iron your fabric.
Step 4: Using the inner hoop, work out which part of the print you want as the picture.
Step 5: Cover the inner hoop in the fabric…
Step 6: …and slide the outer, painted hoop on and secure with the screw at the top. Make sure the fabric is taut. 
Step 7: Cut the fabric around the hoop. 
Step 8: But make sure to leave at least 2cm of fabric.
Step 9: Use your glue gun (I love my glue gun – one of the best things I’ve ever bought) to secure the fabric to the inner hoop.
Step 10: Press down to secure.
Step 11: Ta-da! You have a beautiful wall-hanging! You can either hang like this, or attach a piece of ribbon where the screw is to hang. 

It’s so simple, but so beautiful. I’m making these for everyone at the moment! 


  1. Amanda

    5th April 2013 at 7:34 am

    That fabric is gorgeous, love it. This is such a nice way to add some decoration to a wall.

    Love the nail varnish too!

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 8:17 am

      Thanks! I found the fabric on Folksy – my OH doesn’t like it as it’s “too kitsch” but I think it’s cute xx

  2. The Handmade Mum

    5th April 2013 at 8:09 am

    I have been meaning to get some embroidery hoops for ages! Looks great-you’ve even had time to paint your nails I’m impressed, can’t remember the last time I did that! x

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 8:19 am

      Haha this nail varnish is seriously amazing (but more on that later)!

      I found these hoops on eBay and Amazon – £1.50-3.00 depending on size. I’ve been really impressed. The one Bea is holding in the photo is teeny – I’m going to make a really cute picture with that when the new fabric I’ve ordered arrives. xx

  3. little old lady

    5th April 2013 at 10:14 am

    Love it! A perfect excuse to buy those pretty FQ which I never think it will be enough to do anything with πŸ˜€

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 4:57 pm


      Exactly! πŸ™‚ This is a perfect use for FQs xx

  4. Kate on Thin Ice

    5th April 2013 at 4:54 pm

    What a cool idea! Recently picked up about 20 of these hoops and only need one so wall hangings is clearly the way to go

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Fab – I’d love to see the results πŸ™‚ xx

  5. Corinna Pool

    5th April 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I stapled fabric over a plain canvas for Immys room but like the frame of the hoops πŸ™‚

  6. farfromhomemama

    5th April 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Is it wrong that I looked through this and thought ‘fab nail polish’? Sewing’s not really for me but gorgeous nails, I can do!

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Haha you will love one of my posts next week then πŸ™‚ xx

  7. Lauren

    5th April 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Oh my I *love* this. I’ve wanted to make one of these for so long but wasn’t sure how to.
    Thanks for showing it in easy steps x

    1. Hannah

      5th April 2013 at 8:20 pm

      My pleasure πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Kelly

    24th April 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That’s lovely fabric. When I made these for Kate’s room I used superglue on the back because it was all I had and I was impatient! I need a glue gun.

    1. Hannah

      24th April 2013 at 7:44 pm

      It’s all about the glue gun!!! xx

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