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**And now, for a brief Halloweek interruption**

Remember the Pinterest Challenge I participated in this summer when I made the wooden letter canvas?

Well, some of the same talented ladies are doing it again and of course I had to join in on the fun.

When I was a child I loved to cross-stitch with my grandmother. I’ve long forgotten the proper stitches and technique, but I still love to embroider a random project from time to time. There is something so beautiful to me about a plain old embroidery hoop. So when I saw this pin, I knew it would make the perfect gift to recreate.

I made my own version for a baby shower gift for my dear friends Anna and Kevin, who are expecting a baby girl named Amelia in a few weeks. I based the design around the colors of the nursery (yellow and grey- great minds think alike)  and the pattern of Amelia’s bedding.

I sketched out her name and a flower from the bedding on the embroidery cloth with a fabric pencil (whatever you draw will disappear with water-you can get these at any sewing/craft store).

I grabbed a few skeins of embroidery thread and got to work. This is a great downtime project because it’s pretty mindless and the little stitches around the letters don’t have to be perfect. Again, I don’t know the names of the stitches I used, I just kind of winged it- but it worked.

Here’s the finished product:

I added a yellow ribbon bow to take the cuteness factor over the top.


For the back, I trimmed the excess fabric and hot glued a circle of leftover wedding fabric –that just so happened to match– to cover all the knots and messy stitches.


Overall, such a sweet and simple gift. And it cost less than $5.


Update! Anna sent me a picture of Amelia’s embroidery hoop hanging in the nursery. Don’t you just love that stuffed Razorback?


Anyone else participate in the Fall Pinterest Challenge?
Please share your links below, I’d love to see them!

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  • Anna November 3, 2011, 5:37 pm

    And we love it! I should take a picture of it where it found a home but I’m not sure how to put it on here? Maybe FB and you can do it :)

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    • Jessi November 9, 2011, 5:01 pm

      oooh yeah! Will you post a pic to my Facebook page or the Jessi Makes Things page and I’ll add it to the post

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  • Cara Cannon December 26, 2020, 8:22 am

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in-depth information you offer. Thank you so much for these patterns – and thank you to the OPs too. Delightful and lovely ideas, I’d never have thought of them myself! Really looking forward to digging out the sewing machine.

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