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DIY: Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging

I’m here today with a super simple tutorial, it’s so simple I’m a little worried that I’m insulting people’s intelligence by explaining how to do it… but these embroidery hoop wall hangings are so cute, that I had to share the pretty.

I found these pictures on one of my daily (who am I kidding, hourly) Pinterest browses, and they inspired me to have a go at my own seeing as they looked really easy.



Itty bitty birdy home sweet home embroidery hoop wall art


So, on with the tutorial! (I apologise for the quality of the images, they got gradually better as I changed the light and settings around…)

You will need:

  • An embroidery hoop
  • Fabric (must fit the hoop)
  • Scissors
  • Cotton
  • Needle


Split your embroidery hoop and trap your fabric in between the two sides. Tighten the screw on top and pull the fabric so it is tight in the hoop.


Cut the excess fabric so you have roughly an inch all the way around.




Start a running stitch on the excess fabric and pull the thread as you go, so that it gathers.




Continue your running stitch all the way around pulling the thread as you go. When you get all the way around tie and cut the thread. I then cut off any extra fabric.




And you are done! Turn it over and admire your work! You can do them as big or as little as your hoops and fabric allow, and get as creative as your imagination lets you.





I hope you enjoyed this little DIY, and your intelligence wasn’t too insulted.

‘Til the next time!

sig laura



My Upcycled Dressing Table Project


It’s been a while! I sort of got sidetracked redoing my bedroom… I did love my bedroom but it was quite pink and anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not in the slightest bit a pink person.

It started off with me wanting a desk/dressing table in my room, so I rearranged everything (mainly bookcases) so that I could fit one in. Then the hunt began; I found lots that I liked, but none of them were quite right, they were either too big, too low down, too boring. Near were I live there is a shopping centre (Crystal Peaks for any fellow Sheffielders) and they have a British Heart Foundation second hand furniture shop. I kept going in to see if anything caught my eye, and one table did but it was £60 and I felt that was quite steep for a table I was planning on completely redoing. Tight, maybe (especially as it was a charity shop) but Kirstie Allsopp was doing it for free and I was adamant I would pay less. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the table was on for half price… how could I say no! So after a rather tight squeeze getting it in the back of my Clio, it was home and ready to be upcycled (I kind of hate that term, but it works…)




This is the table in it’s original state… rather fancy! I then sanded it down and painted it cream.



After three of four coats of cream I painted it mint green.



That only took two coats as it was going over a light base.

Here is the finished article…









table lighter


I’m really pleased with it! I kept the drawer knobs as they are really pretty, they’re like little bronze flowers. I just need a chair now!

Thanks for reading!


sig laura

Charity Shop Haul



Next Sunday (the 7th), I am doing a craft fair at The Nichols Building in Shalesmoor, Sheffield. While I have got lots of lovely things to sell, I couldn’t decide how to set them out on the stall, so after much Pinterest searching I decided to get some vintage plates to make a cakestand type thing (technical).

I went to the Stroke Association shop in Sheffield City Centre which is just next to the John Lewis car park for people who know Sheffield. It’s a pretty big shop and has a huge variety of items for sale, and in the back corner it has loads of plates, tea sets, candle holders and general bric-a-brac, which was exactly what I was looking for!

I picked up three plates, two glasses, and a baskets and it cost me £7.97 which I think is pretty good as they should last me a while, breakages aside! The first plate is a little side plate and cost £1.25. It is very floral, and I love the little bumblebee in the middle! This will be the top plate on my cake stand.

plate right way up

The next plate matches my bedcover pretty well! This one was £1.99 and it has a few imperfections, but that adds to the charm, I think.


This plate is kind of like a tray/ bowl/ plate. It has weird handle things and is quite deep, so I’m planning to put that on its own and not make it part of the cake stand.


These two glasses are probably for some type of alcohol, but little ol’ innocent me has no idea which type! (Maybe because I drink everything from mugs…) I’m planning on using them for the inbetween bits as they are quite tall and thin. They cost 99p for the pair.


This basket is probably a fruit bowl, I’m sure we had an identical one once…. It cost £1.75 and I’ll deck it out with some fancy lining and it’ll be good for holding something, I’m sure!


I’ll put a new post on when I’ve stuck them all together so you can see how the finished cake stand looks! Hopefully it’ll be ok to serve it’s purpose!

Talk to you soon!