Embroidery Hoop Wreaths From Old Shirts

These embroidery hoop wreaths are so much fun to create. This sunflower Embroidery Hoop Wreath I had a visual for, but the snowflake one I made up as I went along. I had planned to sell them but am keeping them both because they are so cute!!

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

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This one took me three trips to the store and one redo to complete it — but I LOVE it and think it was worth the hassle.

I didn’t have any old, cute shirts to use, so … shopping time it is. I ran to my local thrift store and snagged a few fun items to reuse.

Embroidery Hoop Decor Supply List

  • Wooden Embroidery Hoops (or plastic works too)
  • Material for base
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Ribbon, for accents
  • Faux greenery, for accents

Sunflower Embroidery Hoop Wreaths

The first one I created had a bigger print for the buffalo plaid. It just wasn’t what I had in mind when it was done.

I think buffalo plaid has to have a certain size plaid vs accents (floral) proportion for the design to look great in the end. Here’s a pic where the plaid was just too large.

fall embroidery hoop DIY

It looked off to me with the larger plaid in this medium size embroidery hoot.

Since I didn’t have cute old shirts to use so: shopping time it is. I ran to my local thrift store and snagged a few fun patterns, plus I found a cute sweater you can see where I made this winter embroidery hoop wreath.

Embroidery Hoop Wreaths and Recycled Shirt DIYs

Assemble Your Embroidery Hoop Wreath

1. First, align the pattern over the smaller hoop. I like to do a rough ‘build’ of the embroidery hoop wreath, so I know what it will look like when I’m done.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath
First attempt with the old shirt (with the larger buffalo plaid print)

2. Next, add ribbons now if you want (here is where I added my burlap ribbon).

Embroidery Hoop Wreath
I didn’t end up using these leaves but they are so cute.

3. You will then place the larger hoop on top and tighten the top bracket until it’s almost completely tight.

4. Now, tug on the fabric and ribbon to align things how you want them. Finish tightening the hoop when you are satisfied with the placement.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

5. Flip over and trim so excess fabric to about 1/2-1” long. This helps it hang correctly against your wall or door.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath
Be sure to glue it flat like this so it will hang nice on wall or door.
  • Hot glue the excess fabric to the embroidery hoop. The fabric needs shouldn’t stick out it hangs flat on your wall but it doesn’t have to look pretty.

6. Finally, add floral and accent items — the fun part. Haha! Adding the floral accents makes it your own wreath. There’s no right or wrong way, good design is up to the maker. You can use faux floral or paper flowers if it’s not going outside.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath
This larger pattern buffalo check is just speaking to me. I had to change it.
These easy embroidery hoop wreaths
Embroidery Wreath idea

Do you want to see the final?

This grayer buffalo plaid had a smaller-sized pattern, and I think it looks more balanced. The gray is more subtle and makes the sunflower pop!

The “thankful” word was from Hobby Lobby. And so was the ribbon.

Speaking of which, isn’t that ribbon adorable??? It has a nice wire in it and holds the placement well. The “thankful” word is hot glued on.

These hoop wreaths are so fun to make!

Embroidery Hoop with Scrabble Tiles
Embroidery Hoop with Scrabble Tiles

Have you made one? I’d love to see yours too!!

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  1. Ahhhaha! Love the whole using his shirts idea! I have a couple I want to use right now ????❣ I can say 100% cotton shrinks and he hates tight arms/chest. Hehehe

    1. Right! It’s perfect for those shirts you like but can’t wear anymore! And easy to change it out when you want to refresh the decor.