Crafts

Fire engine embroidery hoop art

fire engine

Hi there! Happy Monday πŸ™‚

So I’ve been seeing these adorable wall decors using embroidery hoops and I have wanted to make one for my boys for some time. As the copy cat that I am πŸ˜‰ I searched through Pinterest (my always go-to site) in search of ideas but found nothing that grabbed my attention so I took matters into my own hands πŸ™‚

My oldest son (who will be 3 on Saturday!) loves anything that moves- cars, airplanes, trains, helicopters, motorcycles (you get the picture πŸ˜‰ but he especially loves fire engines! He went through a phase that all he wanted to watch was Fireman Sam…over and over and over again… I actually had to ‘cut the cord’ before he would turn into Norman Price! (For those unfamiliar with the show, Norman is a bit of a menace ;).

I knew I wanted to make something with a fire engine and that’s when I thought of doing the following- I would use two embroidery hoops, one bigger than the other, and I would have a fire engine on one with its ladder extending to the second loop reaching up to a kitty stuck on a tree. Perfect, it would incorporate my son’s love for fire engines and Mommy’s love for kitties πŸ™‚

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I was initially planning to do some embroidery- maybe around the trees and to add some grass and flowers- but as I came to find out, the fabric I was using wasn’t good for embroidery (the needle would leave big holes) so I opted gluing fabric to create the scene without embroidery.

Materials needed:
Embroidery hoop 7in
Embroidery hoop 5in
Green cotton fabric
Blue cotton fabric
Fabric containing fire engine pattern
Green flannel fabric
Brown fabric
Cat button
Crafter’s glue

Instructions:
1. The first thing I did was stitch the blue and green fabrics together. These pieces would create the background for the bigger hoop.

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I found these fabric quarters for 97cents a piece.
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Prepping for stitching. The green fabric can’t be seen here but it’s underneath the blue fabric.
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The two pieces have been stitched together.
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I unfolded the fabric and ironed to flatten the where the two had been stitched together.
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I stitched once again but this stitch would remain visible.

 

2. I then cut out the fire engine from the fabric I had purchased on Etsy.

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Fire engine fabric

 

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I was positioning the fire engine to see how it would look.

3. I wrapped both embroidery hoops with strips of the fire engine fabric. I used crafter’s glue to keep the fabric in place.

 

4. I placed the background fabric in place on the bigger hoop. IMG_4295

5. I cut out a tree truck from brown fabric I had at home. This fabric had a pattern which was perfect for the tree trunk. I then cut a piece of green fleece for the top of the tree. Lastly, I loosen the embroidery hoop and passed the excess green fleece so that the fabric would stay in place.

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Here I’m just placing the pieces, without gluing, to see how everything looks.

6. Before continuing, I cut the excess background fabric on the big hoop and did a running stitch through the fabric as can be seen in the picture below.
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7. For the smaller loop, the background was only a piece of blue fabric. I cut some green fleece for the tree and cut some tree limbs from the brown fabric. Once again, I loosened the embroider hoop to pass the green fleece. I then repeated step 6 on the smaller hoop.
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8. Once the trees were glued on both hoops, I then glued the fire engine to the bigger hoop and glued the ladder continuation to the smaller hoop. And to finish off, I sewed the kitty button to the tree limb on the smaller hoop.

 

I placed the hoops on the entrance wall in my son’s room at his eye level so he can see them when he walks in πŸ™‚ And yes, there have been quite a few times I have to reposition the hoops since he decides to touch them πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,
Rosaly

 

 

 

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