diy project: faux-embroidery quote hoops

this fun guest diy project comes from brooke premo, whose whimsical etsy shop is named playing grownup. {thanks for sharing brooke!}

I love the cozy, homey look of embroidered words. Especially when the needlepoint spells out meaningful quotes or phrases. But, honestly, who has the time? For a wedding shower, I wanted to surround the bride with fun quotes from love songs in a pretty, meaningful way, so I created these Faux-Embroidery Quote Hoops. Perfect for looking like you really put in the time, even if, like me, time is what you’re short on!

Now I keep these in a cluster on my wall. I keep thinking of more and more quotes I want to surround myself with – quotes about love, proverbs for encouragement, and even some Liz Lemon one liners (“Blerg!”). -Brooke

for the full instructions after the jump!


  • Embroidery Hoop (any size)
  • Solid Color Fabric (enough to stretch across your embroidery hoop)
  • Iron-On Transfer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Kingthings font (download here)
  • Free Downloadable drop-caps (Brooke got special permission from Jessica Hische to use her Drop Caps for her private project)


  • Embroidery Hoop – (depending on size you choose) $0.95 – $1.95
  • Solid Color Fabric (may use leftover fabric or purchase about 1/2 yard) – roughly $2.00
  • Iron-On Transfer Paper – $10.00/ pack of 7 sheets (you will only use 1 sheet for this project)

Time: 1 – 1.5 hours


1. First decide what quote you would like to use. There are many websites with wonderful quotes which you can search according to themes (such as friendship, music, or wisdom). Or you may just have a funny saying or movie quote you would like hanging on your walls.

2. Find the first letter of your quote in your downloadable drop caps set. She has designed several drop caps per letter, so scroll through a while and choose the one that has the colors and design that best fits your decor and quote. Once you have chosen your beautiful drop cap, save it onto your computer.

3. Now you can create a file (I just did this in Microsoft Word, but the more computer-savvy folks may use Illustrator or Photoshop) that begins with your drop cap, then finished the words to your quote in the Kingthings font. You should keep the circular shape of the hoop in mind when typing the quote (as far as spacing goes), but you can cut and past after you print as well, so you don’t need to create a completely circular quote in this step.

4. Follow the directions on the back of your transfer paper to print your quote. (Don’t forget to flip the image since you will be ironing it on.)

5. Iron your fabric so it’s nice and smooth before you begin to iron on your words.

6. Cut out the individual words (you may not need to do this if you made a circular image already) and test them in your hoop to get your best shape and spacing. Do this on the surface where you will be ironing on the words, so you can keep your nice shape and begin ironing. (Remember, the quote will look backwards at this stage because it should be a mirror image, and the printed side should be facing the fabric.)

7. Still following the directions on the transfer paper packaging, iron the quote onto your fabric.

8. Once you peel away the excess paper, put your fabric into the embroidery hoop as taut and snugly as possible (tightening the hoop’s screw as you go), then trim away excess fabric around edges.

9. Now you can hang the hoop from the ceiling using string, or hang the hoop directly onto a nail on the wall. And now you have beautiful needlepoint with no need for needles or thread!

  1. Thats a really cute idea!! Sooo much easier!

  2. Mary-Keeley says:

    GO BROOKE! Alabama, Represent!!!

  3. Nicole says:

    Very cute project! Now I have to see if even the most un-crafty of people (me) can try this.

  4. Shannon says:

    Excellent project!!

    What brand of iron on tranfer paper do you use? The only one that I’ve seen around here doesn’t really transfer. You print onto the front which is “fabricy”, then you peel the paper off of the back, and lastly you put the “fabricy” side face up on top of your fabric and iron to adhere it to the fabric. There’s always a white edge… :(

  5. gina says:

    super cute! question though: do we have permission to use the drop caps for this project? on her website, it says they can’t be used for printed material…

  6. nikki says:

    I now have to make these with rap lyrics. Love the mix of attitude and homemaker!

  7. Brooke Premo says:

    Gina, you’re so right. I’m such an idiot for not noticing that. Even though we’re not selling these, we should probably get our drop caps from here where they state they can be printed as much as you want:

    1. grace says:

      hi brooke and gina-

      i changed the text to use that new link, i agree with your point. thanks for updating us on that :)


  8. Brooke Premo says:

    Thanks Grace!

    Sheesh, I’m a teacher. You’d think I would read instructions!

  9. Natalie says:

    Great idea to use Liz Lemon quotes~~haha! I can’t wait to decorate my future sewing room with these!

  10. Missy says:

    Yeah – cute project! But I would like to know the type of transfer paper, too. I have the kind for light fabrics, but it leaves a semi-clear border round the images, too.

  11. yep! Brooke had special permission from me to do this since it wasn’t for resale and was just for a small personal project (in normal circumstances this breaks the license agreement so please do not use my drop caps for such purposes on your own without written permission from me).

  12. gina says:

    thanks for the new link! i love the project :)

  13. Katie Mac says:

    I agree with Mary Keeley-way to represent Alabama crafters! I wish yall knew Brooke in person-she is the cutest, sweetest thing!

    Thanks Grace for posting this-I was about to literally drive to Brooke’s house to ask her how she did these when I saw them on her blog!

  14. Dan Shand says:

    Wonderful design!

  15. Lashley says:

    Cute! I’ve recently used Wilton brand transfer paper (I bought it at Michael’s). In response to Shannon’s comment, you have to be sure to look for transfer paper, not iron-on fabric or printable fabric (made that mistake before). There is a clear film-like look to it after ironing, but the closer you cut to your actual design, the less of it you see. I think transfer paper is a genius invention – I like using it to transfer designs on canvas boards, myself!

  16. Jennifer says:

    I’m a huge fan of Jessica Hische’s work — her drop caps are gorgeous and I’m always trying to dream up new applications for them. What a great idea!

  17. Patt says:

    That’s a great idea! I’m always looking for some project to do with quotes besides just posters.

    I looked up her shop on Etsy. The chalkboards seem like a really good idea, too.

  18. Love the embroidery hoop project. I look forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Amanda Joy says:

    They are SO wonderful! And the best favors/prizes ever. Lame box of m&m’s no thank you.

  20. Whitney says:

    Hey there! Love these!! What brand of transfer paper did you use? Yours turned out beautiful!!

  21. Embroidery says:

    Wow its amazing ..the embroidery pattern is lovely i like the material its fantastic…


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