HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Frame (My frame was 12″ square)
- Embroidery Hoop (I used the 7″ Hoop)
- Vinyl (I used Oracal 631)
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Glue Gun
- Faux Stem Leaves (I used Eucalyptus leaves)
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File – Home is Wherever I’m with You BA1481 (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 Home is Wherever I’m with You BA1481. It will be listed under the Everyday category.
STEP 2: CUT AND TAPE VINYL DESIGN
Open the design in your software program. Before you can resize it, you’ll need to grab some measurements from the sign.
Place the embroidery hoop on your sign. You’ll want to center it from right to left and place it 1/4″ – 1/2″ from the top of the sign. Make a light mark inside the hoop on both the right and left side.
Make another mark along the outside bottom edge.
Now, remove the hoop and measure the distance between the right and left marks. You’ll want to make the word home a little smaller than that measurement. The distance on my sign was about 6.5″, so I made the word home 6.3″ wide.
You’ll also want to measure the distance between the bottom mark and the bottom of the frame and also the size of the frame from right to left. Resize the other phrase to fit inside those dimensions.
I sized the phrase to 7.5″ wide.
Now that everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.
Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.
Use a weeding tool to pull out the tiny pieces inside of the letters..
Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the transfer tape sticky side up on your surface, then place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape and smooth it down.
Rub over the design firmly with your scraper tool.
Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing and cut apart the two phrases.
STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO SIGN
Now grab your frame and let’s apply the vinyl to it.
First, take the word home and remove the vinyl backing. I like to flip over the design and pull the backing away from the vinyl.
Center the word between the two marks you made earlier. Make sure it’s straight. You can use a ruler or you can just eye it.
Rub over the vinyl to get it to stick.
Carefully remove the transfer tape.
Repeat these steps with the other phrase. Make sure you position the phrase below the mark you made at the bottom of the hoop.
STEP 3: EMBELLISH EMBROIDERY HOOP
Next we’re going to work on the embroidery hoop.
Cut a couple of pieces off a faux leaf spray. I used eucalyptus leaves, but any type of small leaf would work.
Cut one so it goes around about 1/3 of the hoop and the other a little bit smaller.
Remove some of the leaves from the from the bottom portion of the stems.
Use some hot glue to attach the stems to the bottom of the embroidery hoop.
Once the glue has cooled down, glue the end of a piece of twine onto the stem about 1/2″ – 1″ up from the end of the stem.
Then, start wrapping the twine around the hoop.
Keep wrapping until the twine cover the same amount on the right side as it does on the left side.
Cut off the end and glue it down.
STEP 3: FINISH THE SIGN
Now, add glue all around the back of the hoop and glue it into place. You can use the marks you made earlier to help you line everything up.
You can also glue down some of the leaves to help keep the stems in place.
Cut off some of the smaller pieces of the stems and glue them between the other stems to make it look a little more full.
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