Reverse Embroidery Hoop Monogram DIY–a finish fifty project

I’ve been meaning to do this project for a while. I was inspired to create this embroidered monogram for Allie after seeing this pinthis post and finding this shop – you know how these things work, jumping from one thing to the next in a long hunt to find the original. Anyway, I never did track down a how-to, so I wanted to take a little twist on it and do a photo tutorial for my own version of this reverse embroidery.  
The monogram is nestled in a display of embroidery hoops festooned in some great prints to make a big wall of fun in my daughter’s room for her room redo (more on that later).

Don’t let the complex look of this project fool you–truly, it is super simple. You need to know the back stitch for the letter outline, and really, that’s it. The rest of it is just random stitches. I think this project would make a great kids’ craft as it doesn’t really matter how the rest of the stitches are done. In some ways, the messier the stitches, the better.

A HUGE thanks to Lizzy House, whose beautiful fabric adorns almost every single hoop.  These fabrics cover three or four of her collections, too. She’s so good at making it all work together! Can you tell the new colors in Allie’s room? bye-bye, pink–*sniff*

I will show you the before and after of her room soon. So excited to tell you that it is a feature in the upcoming Discovery Girls magazine. If you want to see it sooner, go get the June/July issue in stores any day now! 

Oh, and you know this project coming off of that finish fifty list, big time!

Here are the DIY instructions for the Reverse Embroidery Hoop Monogram:

Embroidery hoop(s) (I used an 8″ one for the last name initial and 6″ hoops for the first and middle initial)
Embroidery floss (in desired color, I used 8 or so skeins for the three letters!)
Embroidery needle
Craft glue
Water soluble marking pen (or chalk pen)

Print out desired initial such that it will fit on hoop with 1/2 an inch to spare around all lines. Tape monogram onto bright window, with fabric on top. Transfer initial to fabric with a air-soluble fabric marker.

Using back stitch, trace the outline of the letter. Then, use random stitches for about 1/2″ outside the outline of the letter to create a border of stitches.

Layer and overlap the random stitches as you go. Add outlier stitches further spaced out towards the outside edges of the border.

Pull the fabric in the hoop especially taut.  Tighten the hoop. Trim the fabric around the hoop leaving about 1/2″ all the way around. With craft glue, secure the fabric to the back of the hoop. 

You’re ready to hang!  Repeat for all desired letters. To make a whole display, simply use other coordinated fabrics in hoops of various sizes. I have a post for you with hints on how to hang the collection.  Coming right up! 

Happy stitching! xo, anne

  1. Wow such a cool tutorial, love the final product. I thought it looked like little grains of rice when I first saw it and thought “ooh how did she do that with rice!” then realised it was embroidery!! So cool, I’m thinking of doing this for out bathroom and toilet so people know which is which!!! Awesome Anne!

  2. nicole

    I love those! Really, really nice and the whole room looks so colorful and full of texture. Pretty!

  3. Anonymous

    Reeeeally cute! I HAVE to go to a crafts store to buy my kittens some cheap embroidery hoops. I know its something the would enjoy doing. It’s one of those things where I have to be hypnotized prior to entering said stores…a well meant, practical, fun for the kids intention, but once I’m in I become Imelda Marcos on a shoe shopping spree…serious lack of self control.

  4. Anonymous

    Hello, this idea is really great,
    I am French thus I am not on that my English is completed.
    I too have a blog but there is a translation English if to wish you to come to see him(it)

    See you soon

  5. Anonymous

    I like the embroidry technique and the bright colours of the fabric look so awsome.I really love this project!!!

  6. I love this SO HARD!!!!!!! Very inspiring! xoxoxox

  7. jenn

    oh this is spectacular! I love the colors and your finished product. thank you for the instructions. i’m bookmarking this so i can get to it once i finish all of /my/ unfinished products 😀

  8. These monograms are brilliant. I love, love, love them. Almost as much as I love your wall of embroidery hoops. So fun and cheerful. I am so inspired… and I am your newest follower.

    • I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this project in my monthly round-up of my fave projects tomorrow. Check it OUT here.

  9. anne

    Thank you so much everyone!! You are all so wonderful to leave such lovely comments.

    • anne

      Yay! Thanks so much for sharing with your readers!

  10. Anonymous

    What was the font that you used? Looks great!

    • anne

      Thanks! It’s Desdemona. I love it, too.

  11. Holly

    This is adorable! I’m about to make some changes to my daughter’s room and this is such acute idea. I also must comment on her initials…which are fab…my daughter’s initials are WAM. 🙂

    • anne

      Thanks so much for your comment Holly! I love that your daughter and mine share initials!

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