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How to Back an Embroidery Hoop with Felt

Since I’ve been stitching up so many embroidery hoops, I thought I’d share a little video on how to back them with felt when you’re done.  I’ve tried a few different methods, and this is the one I like best.  There’s no messy glue, and it turns out so nice.  If you find this post useful, make sure to take a look at my How to Embroider for Beginners series.


How to Back an Embroidery Hoop with Felt

The video says it all, so here you go.  If you can’t get it to play below, you can also watch it on my YouTube channel here.  Enjoy!

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Erin Brooks

Friday 2nd of October 2020

This was an amazing idea! Thank You! I've never really though of putting felt on the back, but it makes sense. I started since I was little and now this would have made a gift for my aunt look so much better!

Jennifer Bonnell

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I started embroidering recently, and I cross stitch and do other crafts. I have always framed the finished product, but I was wishing for a different way to do so. I have now done two birthday gifts this way, and they were loved by everyone. Thank you again!


Thursday 16th of April 2020

Hello. This is a great tutorial. I have just completed my first ever embroidery, as I usually cross stitch, work with clay, etc. i have never done straight up embroidery. I was wondering how much thread you use to stitch your fabric to the fabric from the project? I have an 8” embroidery hoop that I am using, and I know you said multiple times to make sure you have thread that’s long enough. I was just wondering if you had an idea on How long is the ideal length. Thank you so much, and I love seeing your projects.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I think I measure around the hoop 2.5 times and use that amount of thread for the part where you stitch the felt on.


Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hello, thank you SO much for the instructions? I was just wondering, how tightly should your fabric be in the hoop, both WHILE stitching, and once you’re ready to add a felt backing and put it on display? I can’t really find a clear answer on this! Thanks so much. =)

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 9th of March 2020

I like mine as tight as possible without distorting my pattern and stitches.


Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Thanks so much for all your tutorials! I’ve tried this with some random felt in had in my cafe drawer BUT everytime, even when I’ve carefully measured it there’s too much stretch and there’s excess material left over and then it gaps etc etc.... so I’m wondering is there a specific felt you use when backing and if so what is it?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 4th of January 2020

I use a wool/rayon blend made by National Nonwovens. It's my favorite felt for everything. Joann Fabric sells it, and there are also several online retailers.

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