12 Days of Creating: Embroidery Hoop Advent Calendar {DIY}

EmbroideryHoopArt (2 of 2)I’m unable to sleep tonight which is a result of my back hurting and me taking a Midol in hope to ease the pain. Well, pretty sure my Midol has caffeine of powerful sorts in it. Or maybe my decaf Carmel Brulee Latte wasn’t a decaf tonight before the Parade of Lights we attended ;) I didn’t think caffeine had this effect on me, but apparently it does! YIKES. Anyways, I thought why not post the blog I had hoped to post yesterday anyways :) This is a step by step tutorial of our embroidery hoop advent calendar!

As today is December 1st, it’s not too late (it really never is!) to create/do an advent calendar.

I love creating a new advent calendar each year and this year I wanted something in our colours and that was really me. I searched my craft supplies. I had a ridiculous amount of embroidery hoops and this is what I came up with. Enjoy and I hope you’re inspired to create! (Tutorial photos are taken with my iPhone and the results with our Canon, so all of you photogs out there, please excuse the colour and quality difference ;))

Supplies used for entire advent calendar:

-Embroidery hoops: Embroidery hoops cost little to nothing at thrift stores here and hopefully wherever you are located! I used a few different sizes and shapes to create our advent calendar.

-Hot glue gun and glue sticks.


-Fabric (this is a perfect time to use those fabric scraps you don’t want to throw away)

-Fabric scissors

-Felt (4/$1 Hobby Lobby)


-Mini clothespins (Walmart or Hobby Lobby – some of mine were from the $1 section in Target)

-Super gaudy/sparkly “garland” (also from the $1 section at Target)

-Foam stickers from Hobby Lobby

HGTV.COM and DESIGN STAR season 4 were on for most of this advent calendar making :) Just a little creative fun to watch while creating!

The Fabric Wrapped Hoop:

Step 1: For this particular hoop I cut my fabric a little less than an inch wide.

Step 2: I dabbed a small amount of hot glue to the hoop and pressed my fabric onto it.

Step 3: (not pictured here) I unscrewed the hoop for easier, quicker wrapping.

Step 4: Wrap, wrap, wrap.

Step 5: Glue end and cut excess material. And you’re done.

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As you can see in the above photo of the red and white stripped wrapped hoop, I added a piece to the middle and for this particular one I left the edges on the material for a fun touch. (sorry for the blur! Unfortunately I realized AFTER I took the photos that I had a smudge on the lens. BAH! ;))

The Yarn Wrapped Hoop.

Step 1: Unscrew hoop.

Step 2: Tie a small knot onto hoop.

Step 3: Wrap, wrap, wrap.

Step 4: Tie or glue end onto hoop.

Step 5: Add a fabric middle, or even a yarn strand, or leave it open.

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The Fabric {and} Yarn Hoop:

For this particular one I wrapped the yarn all around the middle as you can see pictured. Chaseyboy says it looks like a tire :)

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The Sparkly Hoop:

Step 1: Glue

Step 2: Wrap, wrap, wrap.

Step 3: Glue finish.

Step 4: Leave middle piece of hoop out.EmbroideryHoopArt (1 of 1)-2(Optional)

I glued a small piece of twine to the back so to hang the numbers from.EmbroideryHoopArt (3 of 7)

The Lace Wrapped Hoops:

Both the below and above hoops are just wrapped with lace!EmbroideryHoopArt (5 of 7)embroideryhoopDIY-5For the numbers:

Step 1: Trace circle onto felt (make sure they are big enough to hold your numbers first)

Step 2: Cut circles out (probably the most tedious task of this entire advent makin’ ;)

Step 3: Stick foam stickers onto felt. They actually stay SUPER well so you won’t have to worry about them falling off.

After you’ve hung your hoops on the wall…

Step 4: Strategically add the twine to hoops

Final step: Add clips and numbers.

(This particular advent does not have the advent for the day on the back of them. I actually have our family activity advent all planned out on iCal this year and each day we will take down one felt at a time)

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And, you’re finished! Even if you aren’t making an advent calendar,  at least now you know how to make some embroidery hoop wall art :)

Hope you are inspired to create this or anything in particular! G’night! (uh, hopefully, hehe)


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