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DIY Turn Your Hoop Art Into A Giant Patch Tutorial!

Craft With Conscience

'Craft With Conscience' began in early 2016 as a weekly Instagram series dedicated to sharing the work of other creatives and as a platform to openly discuss certain aspects of ethical art-making and consuming in the age of the internet and social media.  

This series arose out of my own frustrations related to seeing my work constantly copied stitch-for-stitch, sold without permission, and credited to other people.  Rather than wallowing in unproductive negative emotions, I wanted to find a way to bring this common issue to light in a positive way.  My solution was to share the work of artists, crafters, designers, and makers who I greatly admire for their originality and dedication. Initially, I shared work similar in materials or subject matter to my own, having heard the argument, "There are only so many ways to stitch plants, I'm not copying you..." one too many times.  The truth is, no matter what the medium or subject, every artist from hobby crafter to professional painter has their own perspective and voice. It takes effort to develop one's visual vocabulary and it can be disheartening when your's is taken and misused by other individuals and sometimes larger companies.

All that being said, now is an incredible time for working artists because of the vast resources of the internet including sources of inspiration, the ability to reach a large and global audience, and as a community building tool. As you may know, I love sharing my work on Instagram and following other makers. It's a wonderful way to connect with other artists, be inspired, and feel supported, but we all need to be aware of how we use these resources and what effect it may have on others.

Since the start of 2016, 'Craft With Conscience' has grown and evolved just like any other creative pursuit and has recently expanded to include short interviews with featured artists. I've asked participating artists a series of questions about their studio process, sources of inspiration, and how image-sharing sites like Instagram and Pinterest influence and affect them. I hope you read on to see what they have to say!

DIY Turn Your Hoop Art Into A Giant Patch Tutorial!

Sarah Benning

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As someone who makes hoop art and writes hoop art DIY patterns for a living, I get asked a lot, “But what do I do with it?” Usually my reply is to hang your new artwork on the wall, but maybe that isn’t your style or you have enough hoops on the wall already, or for whatever reason that isn’t an option for you. It certainly isn’t the only option out there, which is where this little tutorial comes in!

I have been on a real clothing embellishment kick lately—spicing up my own wardrobe and planning a few pieces that will someday find their way to my shop (PLUS I am teaching an embellishment workshop August 18th in Vermont!)—and I thought this would be a great way to re-imagine and re-purpose some of my hoop art pieces!

So, here it goes! I hope you find it useful and inspiring!

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  • A piece of hoop art! I am using my July #SKBDIY Fern Forest Pattern. You can find it here!

  • An item of clothing (like a jean jacket) or other object (like a canvas tote).

  • Sharp fabric scissors and thread snips.

  • DMC embroidery floss and a needle.

You may also find it helpful to have an embroidery hoop—I am using a 7 inch hoop (it is one inch larger than my embroidery patch)—and a pencil. You can get by without these additional tools, but having them will make the process easier!

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Complete your hoop art. As I mentioned, I used my recent Fern Forest Pattern. My PDF pattern will walk you through the steps to create your artwork. It is complete with the design itself, a suggested materials list, color guide, stitch diagrams, and step by step instructions.

Step 1: Complete your hoop art. (If you need some help with this head over  here !

Step 1: Complete your hoop art. (If you need some help with this head over here!

TIP: It is best to select a piece of hoop art that is made using smaller stitches. Very long satin stitches will sag and droop when removed from their original hoop, so be mindful! And, if you are putting your patch onto something that will be washed, be sure your original hoop art was made on pre-washed fabric to avoid any awkward shrinkage.

Step 2: Cut out your design.

Step 2: Cut out your design.


Remove your completed hoop art from its hoop.

If you need to, you can use a pencil and the outer hoop to trace a guide for cutting around your stitching. You should have at least 1/4 inch of extra fabric around your stitching.

Use sharp scissor to cut along that guide line, being careful to avoid cutting too close to your stitches. You don’t want to undo any of your hard work!


Use Dritz Fray Check (not sponsored or anything—just what I have on hand!) and follow instructions on the bottle to prevent any fraying along your cut line.

This stuff is runny and comes out fast, so it’s best to have a piece of cardboard or something underneath.

Step 3: Use Dritz Fray Check around the edges of your fabric.

Step 3: Use Dritz Fray Check around the edges of your fabric.

I didn’t have any cardboard nearby, so I used a sketchbook. And don’t worry! The Fray Check dries clear—at least, it did on the cotton fabric!

Step 4: Use a running stitch to place and secure your patch.

Step 4: Use a running stitch to place and secure your patch.

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Place your soon-to-be-patch on your jacket or bag (or whatever) and use a running stitch to hold it in place. This running stitch can be big and loose and will be covered up in the next step, so keep it pretty close to the edge of your fabric.

I used size 8 pearl cotton for this stitch because it was on hand, but any kind of thread will work here—a strand of embroidery floss, some sewing thread, etc.

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Use satin stitch to complete your patch. I made mine about 1/4 inch wide starting at the very edge of the fabric and going in towards my embroidery. If you need to, you can use your pencil to draw a guide line or guide lines to keep the width of your stitching consistent.

Step 5: Use satin stitch to complete your patch!

Step 5: Use satin stitch to complete your patch!

TIP: Have more embroidery floss on hand than you think you will need. You see that blue section of satin stitch? Yeah, that’s where I ran out of the yellow I was using. ALSO, using a hoop to stabilize the fabric while you are working is very helpful! You may need to iron the piece once you have finished stitching to get rid of any marks left from the hoop.


And there you go! Now you are ready to wear your new totally amazing, customized piece out and about! Get ready for some compliments and if anyone is curious how you did it, be sure to send them this way!

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