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Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

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Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

Because I spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest… I see a lot of things.

And right now I seem to be seeing a lot of embroidery hoop art. Somewhere along the way I saw someone upcycle a sweater to make an embroidery hoop sweater wreath. Then I saw ornaments. Then I saw embroidery ON the upcycled sweater IN an upcycled embroidery hoop….and on and on and on.

Let’s just put it this way… I had a beanie I was about to give away. It was still very cute, but had been stretched and never did fit just right. So in the spirit of trying to not hang onto things I’m just not gonna wear, I had it in a bag at my front door waiting for me to take it over there to the Goodwill.

Speaking of things not being used… I have an assortment of embroidery hoops in my “Solitary Confinement for Craft Supplies” cabinet.

I don’t consider myself an optimist. Except when it comes to making stuff. In the heat of the moment I convince myself that I WILL MAKE ALL THE THINGS. I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

And then 5 years later I have over a half-dozen embroidery hoops just sitting… waiting for their moment of creative glory.

But I digress.

To make your own embroidery hoop art feat. an upcycled beanie you will need:

  • a beanie (with or without a pom)
  • an embroidery hoop
  • probably a hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • maybe twine or ribbon

Take your beanie, carefully remove the pom (I cut mine off), and cut the hat down the seam.

Next step: trim beanie with an inch of extra-ness…

Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

The yarn on my beanie is pretty, darn chunky, so simply securing the beanie on with the outer embroidery hoop wasn’t going to be enough. I had to hot glued that bad boy to the inner hoop.

Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

Due to the chucky-ness, re-using the screw wasn’t an option. Instead, I cut a piece of twine to tie to keep the outer hoop secured. I also added a little hot glue in a couple of spots between the fabric and the outer hoop for extra measure. That was just the ticket!

Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

And then, I trimmed the extra fabric off of the back and hot glued the pom over the twine. 

Embroidery Hoop Art: Upcycled Beanie

That cute little pom covered-up that issue nicely!

IDEA! If one uses a beanie without a pom, I bet a nice, big bow or a sprig of greenery would work just as nicely.

Whaddya think? Do you have a sweater-y something just lying around waiting to be made into a charming piece of holiday art??? I BET YOU DO!!! I think this could be a really fun gift to give as well!

What? This isn’t enough? You can also check out my DIY for Waterless Snow Globes, and this fun way to decorate with all those mini Christmas trees you are seeing everywhere right now!

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