HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Embroidery Hoop (I used the 12″ Hoop)
- Fabric (I used Burlap)
- Paint & Brush
- Vinyl (Color Doesn’t Matter)
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Glue Gun
- Faux Stem Leaves (I used Eucalyptus leaves)
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File – Welcome BA1480 (available for free in my resource library)
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here. Look for the file called Welcome BA1480. It will be listed under the Everyday category.
STEP 2: CUT AND TAPE VINYL DESIGN
Open the design in your software program. Resize the design so it’s a little bit smaller than the inside width of your hoop. The inside of my hoop was about 11.5″, so I resized my design to 10.25″ Pay attention to the height of the design. You’ll want to make sure your fabric is 1/2″ – 1″ taller than your design.
Draw a rectangle around the design to create a stencil. You’ll want the rectangle to be the same height as your fabric piece. Once everything is sized correctly, cut out the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.
Then, weed away the excess vinyl. Since this is a stencil, you’ll be pulling out the letters from inside the rectangle. You can use your weeding tool to make it a little easier.
Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design. Before you put the vinyl on the tape, rub a t-shirt or towel over it. This will remove some of the tackiness, which will make transferring the vinyl to the burlap a little easier.
Place the vinyl on the transfer tape.
Use scraper to rub over the design. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.
STEP 3: STENCIL THE FABRIC
Cut a strip of fabric to about 4″ x 15″. If there are folds or wrinkles, you’ll want to iron them out. If you’re using burlap, you cut pull some of the strands out of the top and bottom to create a frayed edge.
Flip the vinyl over and carefully remove the vinyl backing. Because we removed some of the tackiness of the transfer tape, it might take a little extra work to get the backing off.
Place the vinyl on the burlap and center the design. The top and bottom edges of the stencil should match up with the top and bottom edges of the fabric. Do you best to center from left to right, but it doesn’t need to be perfect.
Rub over the design again with your scraper, then carefully pull off the transfer tape.
It might be a little tricky to get the vinyl to stick to the burlap, just go slow and use your fingers to help the vinyl to stay on the burlap.
Put a piece of cardboard under the burlap to catch any paint that might go through the fabric Then, start filling in the design with paint.
Use an up and down motion to apply the paint. Try not to brush back and forth. This will help minimize bleeding.
Once everything is dry, carefully pull off the stencil. You can use a craft knife or weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters.
STEP 4: ASSEMBLE HOOP
Separate the embroidery hoop and place the fabric over the inside hoop. Center the design as much as possible.
Place the outside hoop over the top.
If the design shifted and isn’t centered or straight, you can gently pull at the fabric to adjust it. Once the design looks good, tighten the hoop.
Flip the hoop over cut off the excess fabric. Then, glue the fabric the back of the embroidery hoop.
STEP 5: EMBELLISH EMBROIDERY HOOP
Cut several pieces off a faux leaf spray. I used eucalyptus leaves, but any type of small leaf would work. Remove some of the leaves from the from the bottom portion of the stems and then glue them to the top of the hoop.
Finally, you can glue on a pretty bow.
Tie some twine around the bow, leaves, and embroidery hoop to secure everything in place.
Leave an extra few inches at the end of the twine and tie a knot at the end so you have a loop for hanging.
And that’s all there is to it. This project is finished and turned out so pretty!
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library