Monday, April 19, 2010

a little project to share

I love it when I can take something practical and add some embroidery to it - or embroider something and turn it into something practical. Whichever way you look at it, it always makes me happy when I can pull it off. I had this idea recently to make a hanging wall mirror framed in an embroidery hoop. It would be perfectly fine if it were made with a pretty cotton print but you know me, I had to add some embroidery just for fun. This one says, "Well now, don't you look cute today!" Who wouldn't want to see that when they looked in the mirror?
Here's how to make one of your very own:
You will need: three fabric squares (all the same fabric or three different fabrics - it's up to you.) I used squares that were 11 inches by 11 inches. You will need a piece for the front (I used light blue linen), a piece for the facing (I used the dark floral shown here) and a piece for the backside
(I used regular muslin)
an 8 inch embroidery hoop
embroidery floss/needle
6 inch round mirror
interfacing if you like (I like! - I used it on the back of my linen and on the muslin for the back)
If you plan to add any embroidered accents do your stitching before you cut your fabric. Be sure to take into account where the hoop and the mirror will be placed.
Cut the center holes in your front fabric and facing fabric according to the cut guide (the 4 inch center circle)
Here is the guide that shows all the circle measurements you will need to know:


Pin the facing and the front fabric together - right sides together.

Sew the fabrics together 1/2 inch from the circle opening. Because I used interfacing on the back side I simply followed the edge of it as I stitched.

Cut notches just up to the seam line taking care not to cut into the seam. This will help your fabric lie flatter.

Turn the facing fabric under through the circle opening so that the wrong sides are now together.
Give your fabrics a quick press.

Layer your fabrics with the backing fabric on the bottom and pin them together. You will be stitching a line 1/2 inch from the mirror opening. I used a water erasable marker to mark my stitch line.

Start stitching along your stitch line. Only stitch half of the circle because you still need to insert your mirror.

After half of the circle is stitched insert your mirror and carefully finish stitching around the circle securing the mirror in place.

Finish your mirror by securing your fabrics in your 8 inch hoop. You could trim the excess fabric on the back or use a running stitch along the edge and cinch it tightly to keep it gathered in the back.
I used a matching grosgrain ribbon as a hanger.

I would love to try this with some different embellishing techniques - maybe add a topstitch around the mirror opening, use some felt flowers or buttons, or even a patchwork design for the front. As usual, I have more ideas than I have time to try. If you try this project I would love to see how you made it special and unique!
As with every tutorial I have posted: please let me know if any part of this is unclear or if you have any questions. Enjoy!

22 comments:

CraftyCripple said...

I love this idea. It is so gorgeous. Somedays you really need a pick me up when you look in the mirror.

susan said...

you are so creative corinne! this is an adorable project. i think i will try one first with a patchwork. thanks so much

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

marla said...

Oh I love it! How adorable for my little 8 year old to check her hair in on the way out the door each morning! Gonna certainly add this to my list of projects-to-do! Thank you so much, Corinne!

Melissa Crowe said...

Is it wrong to say I wish I'd though of this?! ;-)

~*Jessica*~ said...

Love it!

Can you say what font you used for the wording?

jody mcdowell said...

this is such a creative idea! and with some heart, even. i love it, great job!

Glenda said...

This is fabulous!

I wish I could borrow the creativity part of your brain for a few weeks :).

JennyC said...

Brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Amanda said...

Oh I love it! Thankyou so much for sharing it with us! It's such an original idea! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

Corinne said...

Hey thanks for all the kind words everyone. I actually made this mirror awhile back and didn't get the instructions written until just recently. I wasn't sure if I would post it or not - I had a lot of uncertainty about it. (A small confidence crisis seems to come hand in hand with every new project!). But I am delighted to hear that people like it. :D
Oh, the font I used is called 'noodlescript'.

Kaye Prince said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love it! I'm definitely going to try this out - I just need to find a 6" mirror!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I *love* this! It's so, so creative! Thanks so much for the fabulous idea, I'm so glad you posted it! I'll be linking.

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RosaMaría said...

ohhh these is so pretty and original idea!!! thanks for sharing!

Miss Muffin said...

Love this!!!

Caroline said...

Fab idea! I am going to make one for my daughter, she always need to check her look before she goes anywhere!

Beansieleigh said...

THIS is too darn cute today!! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I have some nieces who might LOVE these for Christmas! ~tina (Oh!.. And of course I want one for myself!!)

QuiltieComments said...

Love it, this is a great project, thanks so much for sharing!!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Its so cute and practical project, sure I ll do one... its really ainteresting, I am going through your other posts now ... love your Paisley emboridery too...

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Kindly pay a visit there if you have time, hope you enjoyed... Love

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

great tutorial. i love it.
do come and link it up here http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-15/ so our readers can find you also.

as well, if you want to do a free give away at a later date to promote your etsy shop, I'd be open to this as well, as I love your style. It's unique.

as well, the diy craft tutorial party is opening an new linking every wednesday.

Talin's Corner said...

What a great tutorial and I love the end product. Came over from Allie-oops blog.