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How To Back An Embroidery Hoop With Felt

Make the back of your embroidery look just as amazing as the front! In this post, you’ll learn how to back an embroidery hoop with felt. This method for finishing an embroidery looks so polished when it’s done. I’ll even show you an easy way to add your initials or name to the back to make it even more special.

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Supplies Needed

  • A finished embroidery
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Felt – I use this wool felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Marker or pen

I have included a downloadable PDF here that you can use or reference to add your own monogram to the back of the felt. I think this is a great way to “sign” the back of your work! Grab a contrasting color of embroidery floss to stitch with and a way to transfer the letters over. Frixion pens and stick and stitch work well for felt.

If you want the stitches to blend in, choose embroidery floss that matches the color of the felt you are using.

Secure The Fabric

In this tutorial, I’ll be backing this colorful mushroom embroidery I recently made. If it looks like something you want to stitch too, you can grab the PDF pattern here!

step 1 - trimming the fabric around the hoop
  1. Place your embroidery in the hoop. Trim the fabric so there is about an inch of excess fabric around the hoop.
step 2 - starting a running stitch

2. Cut a long piece of embroidery floss. (I like to lay the thread around the diameter of the hoop to estimate how long of a piece I need.) Then tie a knot in the end of it and begin making a running stitch along the edge of the excess fabric.

step 3 - gathering the fabric on the back

3. Work your way around the edge, gathering the fabric as you go by pulling on the working thread.

step 4 - securing the thread with a knot

4. Pull the thread tight so the fabric is secured on the back. Secure both ends with a knot.

Attach the Felt

step 5 - tracing the hoop onto the felt

5. Using a pen or marker, trace around the outside of the hoop onto the felt.

step 6 - felt circle

6. Cut out the felt along the inside of the circle you traced. The felt should cover the embroidery fabric but be slightly smaller than the outer ring of the hoop. If it’s not, trim it down just a little bit more.

step 7 - letters "CG" on felt

7. If you want to add a name or monogram, transfer or draw the letters onto the felt.

step 8 - embroidering the monogram onto the felt

8. Stitch the letters. I used a split stitch, but there are a variety of embroidery stitches that work well. If you need more ideas, this tutorial has tips for embroidering letters.

step 9 - embroidery with felt circle on top of it

9. Now it’s time to secure the felt onto the back of the hoop. Cut an extra long piece of thread, measuring it the same way you did in step 2.

step 10 - starting a whip stitch

10. Tie a knot in the end of the thread. First, make a stitch through only the embroidery fabric. This will hide the knot at the end of the thread.

step 11 - whip stitch tutorial

11. Now make a stitch through both layers of the fabric. Start by going through the embroidery fabric and then through the felt with your needle.

step 12 - whip stitch tutorial

12. Continue making these whip stitches around the entire circle of felt.

Finishing The Stitches

step 13 - sewing a finishing knot

13. Secure the thread with a finishing knot. When you make the last stitch, pull your thread through until you have a small loop. Take the needle off the end of the thread.

step 14 - sewing a finishing knot

14. Take the tail of the thread and pull through halfway, making another loop.

step 15 - sewing a finishing knot

15. Do this 2 or 3 times.

step 16 - sewing a finishing knot

16. Pull the thread all the way through and a knot will form. Trim the tail and you’re done!

And there you have it! A professional looking back of the hoop. This is one of several different ways you can finish an embroidery hoop: you can also use decorative fabric and even paper!

P.S. If you have leftover fabric scraps from trimming around the embroidery, let me show you how you can use them to bind an embroidery hoop.

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