Embroidery hoop initial tutorial

I finally have both of my boys sleeping together in their room. 

And it only took me 18 months. 

So I'm slowly getting rid of the green and yellow nursery things and bringing in more red and blue big boy things. 

Yesterday I made applique monograms and then put them in embroidery hoops to hang on their wall.  Here's how I did it.

You'll need:

9 inch embroidery hoop (any size will do, but my fabric measurements are for this size)
11 x 11 inch square of white fabric
5.5 x 5.5 inch square of applique background fabric
fabric scrap big enough for your initial
Heat 'n Bond Lite or a similar product
Contrasting thread

Iron your Heat 'n Bond to the back of your fabric scrap and 5.5 inch square fabric.  Carefully cut out your inital.

Peel the paper backing and iron your appliques to the background fabrics.  Using a small stitch length, sew the initial to the background fabric, and using a zig zag stitch with contrasting thread, sew the entire applique to the white fabric.

Center the entire piece in the embroidery hoop and tighten.

Trim the excess from the back and you're done!


  1. "sew" cute... love embroidery hoop projects...

  2. I just got all the material to make my daughter one of these about a week ago! I like seeing one done before I try mine:)

  3. So adorable! I love it! I think I'll make one for 5 yo DD out of pink french poodles fabric!

  4. So cute! I did some appliqued embroidery hoop things in my daughter's bedroom, but didn't think of doing an initial- what a great idea!

  5. Looks great. A really nice addition to the bedroom. Thanks for posting it.

  6. Very cute. I like the lowercase initial. (And you can never go wrong with red polka dots.)

  7. This is darling Cheryl - what a cute idea!

  8. Those are just adorable! Great job!!

    Visiting from Tatertots and Jell-o

  9. so cute! and I love your new header!

  10. love this simple tutorial.

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