Hi all! So are you sick of Halloween ideas yet? Sorry. Got one more for ya.
This one took me awhile to complete because 1) I got sick and 2) my first attempt at making it was a complete FAIL. See, I had the idea to use an embroidery hoop on the front door, and just thought I’d have it say “Boo.” Simple, but kinda cool. Well…it just looked weird and half-finished and not at all blog-worthy. For one thing, I used iron on paper to transfer the image and didn’t cut around the letters closely enough so there was too much shiny-ness that transferred onto the fabric, making it look discolored. Back to the drawing board I went, thankful to have purchased enough linen to try again. Happily, I really like it now! As you can see, I just used some clip art (courtesy of The Graphics Fairy) along with the word “Boo” in a spooky font to decorate a piece of linen. I also painted the hoop black the second time around to make it look more finished. Here’s the skinny:
Embroidery Hoop Halloween Door Hanging
Nap Rating = 2 naps (if all goes to plan)
Tools & Materials
- Embroidery hoop in size of your choice
- Fabric of choice (I chose linen, which was 50% off at JoAnns)
- Black paint
- Inkjet printer
- Inkjet iron-on photo transfer paper
- Sharpie (optional)
- Ribbon to hang
- Paint the outside edge of the larger embroidery hoop (the only one that will show) and let dry.
- Meanwhile, find an image you like and copy it onto the iron-on transfer paper using an inkjet printer. (Frankly, I fiddled around with this a bit because the paper I bought required me to flip the image before printing which proved to be easier said than done. I have since learned that the Purple Chimp brand allows you to skip this step.)
- Iron your fabric
- Following manufacturer’s directions, iron the image onto the fabric, making sure you’ve allowed yourself enough material all the way around the image to stretch the entire circumference of the embroidery hoop.
- If image doesn’t transfer completely, use a black Sharpie to fill in a little.
- Center the fabric with your image in the hoop and tighten the screw to draw it taut.
- Cut excess fabric away from the back of the hoop.
- At this point, I used a Sharpie to make a circle of tiny dots around the image, just to dress it up a little more.
- Loop a ribbon through the tightening blocks and tie a bow. Pull the long ends up and tie another bow at the top for hanging.
- Stand back and admire your handiwork!
Now we just to have to find our perfect pumpkins…