Wednesday, August 8, 2018

DIY Personalized Embroidery Hoop & Fabric Polka Dot Wall

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Once upon a time in late 2013 I was very preggo with an itty bitty baby girl named Olivia.  It had already been decided to do a pink and grey baby nursery but I just couldn’t find anything that I loved enough to hang on the wall over her crib.  I knew I wanted her name over her crib, but I wanted something more than that... something as unique and special as this precious baby girl for which I had always prayed. 

I have always loved polka dots and I thought it would be really great to somehow incorporate those with her name, but I knew I didn’t want wall decals or vinyl or anything like that.  I wanted something soft and delicate… ethereal.   

Enter embroidery hoops. 

I vaguely remembered seeing an article online about someone decorating with embroidery hoops, and when I just so happened to pass them in Hobby Lobby one day, a light bulb went off in my head, an idea was formed, and I ended up dreaming up perhaps one of my favorite creations ever – Olivia’s embroidery hoop wall.

I had never used embroidery hoops before, so I was a bit hesitant about taking on something foreign like that, but y’all, it was so easy!!  Anybody can do this!  Another great thing about this is that it is completely customizable to match any décor you already have, and it is also easily interchangeable.  When the décor in the room changes, all you have to do is pop the old fabric out and pop some new fabric in to match your new décor.  And the very best part?  This entire project was SO CHEAP considering it fills an entire wall!

Here is what you will need to make your own wall:

Embroidery Hoops – as many as you need in whatever sizes you need (I used 4 12-inch, 2 10-inch, 2 8-inch, and 5 4-inch hoops)
Wood Letters for the name
Fabric Swatches (I used 13 different ones… a different one for each hoop but you could repeat some of the same if you like!)

Step One

Lay the letters on the ground to spell out the name and place the empty hoops around them to see what works best for the overall layout.  Keep moving everything around until it looks just right and until it is the correct size to fit your wall.  As you can see, I rearranged mine several times throughout the process until I had them looking just right.

I have always shopped for wood letters at Michael's, but in recent years, Amazon has completely upped their game and they have pretty much anything you could ever want when it comes to wood letters.  I am completely and utterly obsessed with these and I think I feel a project coming on!!!! 

They also have a huge array of embroidery hoops in all shapes and sizes for SUPER CHEAP.  You can even buy them in packs of different sizes like this one.   

Step Two

Once you are pleased with the overall layout, take your fabric swatches and lay them loosely on top of each of the hoops just to get an idea of what patterns and colors work the best together.  Keep moving them around until they look just right.  Again, Amazon has a million different options and I find them to be way cheaper than Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Step Three

Once you have your overall design, snap a picture so you won’t forget where everything goes, and then it’s time to spray paint.  Spray paint your letters and each of the embroidery hoops with whichever color you choose.  We used white spray paint for Olivia’s wall and it looks nice and crisp.  I also can’t help but wonder how amazing metallic gold hoops would look with the right color scheme!!  (I think I might be formulating something spectacular as I type this!)

Step Four

When your hoops have dried, lay them all back out in place on the ground and set your fabric back on top of each one so you don’t forget which fabric goes where.  Once that is done, insert your fabric into each of the hoops taking care to pull the sides tight so the front is nice and smooth.  Trim any excess fabric off of the back.  Repeat for all of the hoops.

Step Five

Hang the letters for the name using the Command Strips.

Step Six

Hang the hoops with nails. 

All done!!

It is seriously that easy!  And it will make a statement like no other!

Even if you're not in need of decorations for a baby nursery or a child's room, you could still use the embroidery hoops and fabric to decorate anywhere else in your house!  Oh, the possibilities!

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  1. I love her wall. I didn’t realize it was that easy. You did great!

  2. This is so pretty and EASY! Well for me personally it would be impossible to pick the fabrics that match but also don't, ha!! Such a pretty touch to a nursery!

  3. You did so good! The fabrics you chose are so pink pretty! I just love it!

  4. That's such a great idea and it turned out perfectly!! We have pretty similar color selections for the nursery as well! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. What a cute idea! I am going to pin this Lindsay!

  6. So cute and so fun! Love the pink zebra!

  7. I have embroidery hoop decor in Gabbie's and in Simon's rooms! I actually used some of their is but stained baby clothes as the fabric which provides for great memories. Maybe I'll post about them one day too. ��

  8. This came out so good and I love that you made all of them for her! That is so special! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  9. These are amazing. I wish I had this idea when I was decorating the girls nursery.

  10. So cute =) I had the same crib bedding set for Alyx =) Emma and she shared a room, and I was able to find the matching comforter in a full size for Emma with the same print and it was so cute!

  11. This came out beautiful and I love the color sheme you used. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J. :)

  12. I love this! I have a little girl also named Olivia and her nursery is also pink and gray. Wish I had found your blog before she was born! :)

  13. LOVE this! Especially how all the colors pop against the gray <3
    Green Fashionista

  14. I seriously love the idea of the hoops. It's so pretty and timeless!

  15. I've never used embroidery hoops either but looks simple enough with a great final product.

    1. It really was so simple. I couldn't believe how easy it was to do! And thank you!


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