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How to Back an Embroidery Hoop

Once you’re done with your embroidery, you’ve most likely put a ton of hard work into it and spent hours stitching. Naturally, you’ll want the back of it to look just as good as the front! Here are two easy ways you can secure the fabric and back an embroidery hoop.

Finishing the back of an embroidery will help keep the fabric tight in the hoop as well as giving it a neat and clean finish. There isn’t a better way between the two of these for backing an embroidery hoop, it really comes down to preference,

This post is one of many posts about how to embroider.

trimming extra fabric around embroidery hoop

How to Finish An Embroidery Hoop With Felt

an embroidery hoop backed with felt

Note: You don’t need an extra piece of fabric on the back if you are covering the back with felt. For this example I used blue fabric on the back to show you that you can omit the felt, cover the back with a piece of fabric, and only do a running stitch to finish the hoop.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Finish the Back of An Embroidery Hoop With Felt

  1. Step 1

    Once you trim the fabric it will be hard to reposition your fabric in the hoop, so make sure your embroidery is centered and where you would like it to be before starting.
    Pull the fabric tight and tighten the screw of the embroidery hoop.

  2. Step 2

    Trim the fabric, leaving about an inch of excess fabric around the hoop.

  3. Step 3

    Tie a knot in a piece of embroidery thread and make a running stitch around the excess fabric.

  4. Step 4

    Once you’ve stitched around the entire circle, pull the stitches tight and tie the tails of the securely in a knot. You can stop here if you decided to add fabric to the back, or you can proceed to the next step to secure the felt on the back.

  5. Step 5

    Using a water soluble marker, trace the hoop onto a piece of felt and cut the circle out. Make sure that the felt doesn’t show through to the front of the hoop and trim as needed.

  6. Step 6

    Place the circle on the back of the hoop and make a whip stitch around the hoop, making sure to grab the felt and fabric together with each stitch.

  7. Step 7

    Finish by securing the tails of thread in a knot.

Backing An Embroidery Hoop With Fabric

The second way to finish the back of the hoop is to use a piece of decorative fabric. This is the method I normally use because I like the look of patterned fabric on the back more than plain felt and it’s a bit quicker than the first way.

Take the embroidery out of the hoop and sandwich the embroidery and decorative fabric together. Place both pieces back into the hoop.

fabric on the back of embroidery hoop

Next, trim the fabric leaving about an inch of excess fabric. (You can trim the back piece of fabric down to the ring of the hoop if you’d like so you don’t have to glue both layers down.)

Finally, secure the fabric with hot glue to the back of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop!

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