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Embroidery hoops are essential for embroidery but they have many more uses than just holding the tension in your fabric. You can use embroidery hoops for floral wreaths, DIY lighting, thread catchers…the possibilities are endless. As an embroiderer though I find there is one way to use a hoop that is not only decorative but super practical. There is nothing worse than losing your tools and materials in the middle of an embroidery project. You end up spending those precious 5 mins you have looking for the embroidery scissors or trying to find that pesky needle down the side of the sofa. That when I decided to make my “Embroidery Hoop Tool Pocket”. Here is how I did it:

What do you need?

Fabric 11 inches by 11 inches (for the back piece)

Fabric 11 inches by 11 inches (for the front piece)


A 10 inch embroidery hoop

Ribbon (optional)

Embroidery Floss


1) Embroider Your Fabric

(It is an old video but still useful) Couching Stitch Tutorial: https://www.instagram.com/tv/BvV5h4JFjU5/

You don’t have to embroider your Tool Pocket but if you decided to personalise it with embroidery then you need to do this first. I created a simple art deco design for my hoop and I used Couching Stitch as a way to secure the ribbon. I also wanted to use a thicker embroidery floss to create a slightly bolder finish, I used Couching Stitch for this part to. To learn how to do this embroidery technique check out the link under the photo.

2) Sew the Pocket

I used a sewing machine for this part because it is quicker and more secure, but you can easily do this by hand stitching around the edge with a small back stitch.

3) Hoop Up

Start by separating your hoops then position the fabric over the top of the inner hoop and place the outer hoop securely over the top. Tighten the screw and gently pull the fabric until it is taut. Next trim around the edge leaving a seam allowance of about 1 inch.

Top Tip: If you have a thicker fabric, leave a larger seam allowance.

4) Back Your Hoop

Stitch around the excess fabric on the back of the hoop using a running stitch. Pull it tight and the fabric will gather toward the centre of the back. This makes the front look nice and neat and will make it easier for you to mount it on a wall or place on a stand.

Extra Step: I could also add a felt backing to your hoop using a blanket stitch or glue.

In just 4 simple steps you have created your very own Tool Pocket from an embroidery hoop. If you have a go at this little craft project, I would love to see how you got on. Send us a photo or a message using the contact form at the bottom of the page.