Small hoops (3″ – 4″) are perfect for ornaments but keep in mind that larger hoops are lovely for wall decor. And, they can be made for any holiday or for display all year around.
You can find hoops in various sizes at the craft store or you’ll find a good selection here. Both wooden and plastic hoops work so choose what you like best.
To finish off your ornaments, glue a round piece of felt to the back of each hoop.
The ornaments shown above are perfect for anyone who loves cats. They’re easy to make with wool felt fused to a background fabric and embellished with buttons and machine stitching. Cotton fabric will work nicely too if you don’t have wool felt on hand.
These ornaments are also wonderful examples of how any small applique shape can be made into a pretty ornament.
The next two sets of ornaments are made using leftover Christmas fabric. Simply piece together enough scraps to create a section that’s large enough to put into a hoop.
In the following examples, by Elea from Elea Lutz Design, the seam lines become part of the design. Notice how the seams are strategically placed in each ornament.
The next set, from Laurie of Dresden Lane Designs, is designed around a pretty fussy cut piece of fabric in the center of each ornament. The centers are then framed with coordinating scraps.
Larger hoops and fussy cut fabric make lovely wall decor. The following were made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter.
Julie includes many other examples in her article, including the one shown below.
In the following examples, rick rack and strips of fabric mimic the look of round tree ornaments. These are from The Crafty Cupboard (website no longer available) and included in Julie’s article (link above).
With a bit of imagination you, too, can have lovely ornaments and wall decor made from leftover fabric and embroidery hoops. It’s not hard to do and is a nice project for using up some of those scraps.