I first saw a mini embroidery hoop necklace a few months ago on Pinterest. Crafters were finding mini half- to two-inch embroidery hoops, and creating tiny masterpieces on them to wear as jewelry. I loved how the embroidery hoop necklace looked, but I know myself. Whatever embroidery skills I have will not translate well to a two-inch canvas. But, when I found some mini embroidery hoops at my local craft store for two euros, I decided to buy them and see what I could come up with.
They sat unused in my drawer for a few weeks, until I cleaned out my closet this weekend and found some beautiful velvet-and-mesh fabric. I decided that, instead of driving myself nuts with stitching on a tiny canvas, I’d frame some of the fabric using the hoops. The result was beautiful! Because of the mesh in the fabric, the hoop retains some transparency, which adds dimension to the finished product.
Today I’ll show you how to make these easy, no-sew mini embroidery hoop necklaces. Grab your supplies and let’s go!
Embroidery Hoop Necklace Supplies
- Mini embroidery hoops (available on Amazon through my affiliate link here, or just search for “mini embroidery hoop”. )
- Large jewelry rings (one for each hoop)
- A jewelry chain (one for each hoop)
- Fabric of your choice
How to Make No-Sew Embroidery Hoop Necklaces
Lay the fabric flat. Move your mini embroidery hoop over top of it until you find a spot where the fabric has an interesting pattern.
Place the backing under the hoop and fit the top half around it. Tighten the fabric so there are no wrinkles. Cut around the hoop with a margin of about 1 centimeter.
Place the jewelry ring between the two ends of the top hoop. Carefully push the screw in so that the ring is around it. Make sure there’s enough room to add cord later.
Tighten the screw and thread your cord or chain through the jewelry ring.
For the excess fabric, you can choose to cut the fabric close to the hoop, as I did. This will retain the transparency of the fabric you chose, and keep the project no-sew. If you don’t have mesh fabric, you can stitch through the excess a few times by hand and tie it into a knot, to keep everything from fraying. A final alternative is to hot glue a ring inside the inner hoop, and then press the fabric edges into it like in this tutorial.
And that’s all there is to it! These necklaces are so easy and inexpensive, but they make great gifts and have a beautiful result. Let me know of you end up making them at home!