I have absolutely LOVED embroidery for as long as I can remember, it’s one of my favourite ways to spruce up craft and sewing projects. What I’ve put together here is a super simple but adorable hoop art project which combines embroidery and vintage buttons. It’s perfect for any newbies wanting to learn some new stitches and also a great quick project for those with a bit more experience!
Now, this button hoop art DIY calls for two embroidery stitches – backstitch and lazy daisy. These are both super easy, as you can for my little gif. above! But if this all seems a bit much, don’t worry, I’m going to guide you through it all! First up, materials!
– An embroidery hoop
– Cotton or linen homespun fabric (natural fibres have a nice rustic look and are a bit thicker than cotton-poly blends)
– 6-ply embroidery thread
– Embroidery needle
– Vintage buttons (most op-shops sell gorgeous old buttons. Otherwise just buy some cute new ones!)
– (Optional) PVA glue
Time: 1 hour
Start by placing your fabric in the hoop and pulling it tight so it’s like a mini drum. Then thread up your needle, pop a knot in the end of your thread and stitch a line of backstitch, starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. Once you have a nice length, pop a button on the top! Then finish off on the reverse-side (a few tiny stitches on top of each other usually work a treat!).
Now you’re ready to add some lazy daisy leaves and petals! Take your needle and pop on a contrasting thread and add leaves around you backstitch stalk. Adding some petals around the button can also look super cute!
Then continue adding buttons and stitch until you’re happy! The great part about this project is the design is nice and loose so you can figure it out as you go along and it’s impossible to make mistakes!
Once you’re happy with the design, trim off at excess fabric but leave a small margin. If you’re not planning to use the hoop again, you can use a little PVA glue to stick the fabric to the inner hoop – just be SUPER careful not to get any on your work! Otherwise, you can do a running stitch along the edge of the excess fabric to gather it in.
And there you have it – a gorgeous piece of hand-stitched art to brighten up your walls or maybe gift to someone special?