Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

I was looking for another excuse to use the remnant from the armchair slipcover that keeps on giving! For years we had an annoying slipcover on one of our living room chairs. I say annoying because I was constantly tucking it back in. Happy to finally remove it, I kept the fabric knowing it could be recycled. And that it has several times, more recently with these Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Embroidery Hoop Ornaments for the holidays.

DIY Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

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Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Christmas Ornaments


I knew right away when I signed up for the Christmas ornament leg of the tour that we're hosting today that I would make an ornament using the red ticking stripe fabric. What I hadn't planned was adding the embroidered detail.

Farmhouse Ticking Stripe Christmas Ornaments

I haven't picked up an embroidery needle in years but just like riding a bike, the stitches came right back to me. While the ticking stripe fabric gives the Christmas ornaments a country feel, the Rae Dunn inspired words gives them that modern farmhouse charm.

Embroidered Rae Dunn Inspired Christmas Ornaments

I still have a lot of slipcover fabric leftover even after using it to make several Fall Ticking Stripe Pumpkins, a Ruffled Office Chair Bolster Pillow, and an upholstered Farmhouse Bentwood Stool. Maybe I can come up with something to use the rest of it for Valentine's Day.

Our home is decorated in traditional red and our tree is an eclectic mix of vintage-looking ornaments so these DIY farmhouse ornaments fit right into our holiday decor. I'll be showing you our non-designer Christmas tree in December.

DIY Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

What you'll need to make it

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Here's how I made it...

DIY Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Ornaments Tutorial

Step 1 - Paint the embroidery hoops

The first step (not pictured above) is to paint the outer embroidery hoop a warm white. I used chalk paint that I had on hand but acrylic craft paint is fine too.

Step 2 - Transferring words onto the ticking fabric

My ornaments are made with five 4-inch embroidery hoops and so I cut the red ticking stripe fabric into 7-inch squares.

Next, I made a printable with Rae Dunn inspired words for the holidays using an Amatic font in PicMonkey and printed it in landscape orientation on letter-sized bond paper. I've included a free printable download that you're welcome to use. Click your mouse on the graphic below for your unwatermarked printable.

Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Wood Ornaments Printable

Once printed, cut each word out to fit over the fabric pieces. To transfer the words onto the fabric, rub the backside of the paper behind each word with a pencil (I used a graphite pencil). Center the paper with the good side facing towards you over the fabric. Press firmly while tracing each letter so the graphite transfers onto the fabric (pictured above).

Step 3 - Place the fabric into the embroidery hoop

Center the fabric over the inner rings of the embroidery hoops and stretch the outer ring over the fabric and tighten the screws to hold in place.

Step 4 - Embroidery stitch details

With 4 strands of Colonial Red embroidery thread and a large-eyed embroidery needle, I used a simple backstitch over each letter. If you've never done embroidery before there are several video tutorials on YouTube that are very helpful. If I can do it, you definitely can!

The red dots resembling red berries were made with a French Knot embroidery stitch. But first I measured and spaced the dots evenly around the hoop using my handy multi-mark measure tool. I included links to that sweet tool in my 20 Gift Ideas For The Beginner DIYer post.

Step 5 - Trim the excess fabric

Trim the excess fabric along the back of the embroidery hoop. You can leave it long enough to wrap inside the back of the hoop and hot glue in place OR just trim it flush with the back of the hoop like I did.

Step 6 - Embellish the embroidery hoop ornaments

Add a couple sprigs from a faux cedar evergreen pick and hot glue it in place at the top of each ornament.

Cut 1/4-inch red ribbon 14-16 inches long. Loop it through the screw on the embroidery hoop and make a 6-inch loop and tie a knot to make the ornament hanger. With the ribbon tails tie a small bow and secure it over the evergreen with the hot glue gun.

Bow Tip:

Set the ornament onto a work surface with the top of the ornament closest to you (facing upside down). Tie your bow basically upside down and when you turn the ornament in the right direction, so will the ribbon. I hope this makes sense.

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33 comments

  1. Ohhhh so pretty! I have some of those annoying sofa arm slip covers too that I keep tucking back in. LOVE the ticking fabric and the adorable vintage look ornaments you made. Now I want to go back to embroidery also. I have everything except the time but maybe I will make it happen.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I did the embroidery while watching sappy predictable Hallmark Christmas movies. Those dang movies are addictive!

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  2. I love these, Marie! They are so festive. The stitching is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bev! It was kind of fun getting back to embroidery again. It's been many decades!

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  3. I love your beautiful and adorable ornaments! Pinning! Happy holidays!

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    1. Thank you so much both for your sweet comments and the pin. Happy Holidays back to you!

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  4. These are adorable, that ticking stripe is just perfect for these

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I was happy to put more of the slipcover fabric to good use.

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  5. Your embroidered ornaments are so cute, Marie! I might have to go dig out my embroidery hoop, too :) And I love the little bit of evergreen on the top.

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    1. Thank you Wanda, it was fun playing with the embroidery stitches again and I was thrilled that I actually remembered them.

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  6. Rae Dunn is my favorite & I thought of her pieces as soon as I saw these. The slipcover is perfect for these ornaments and your embroidery is beautiful.

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    1. That makes me happy that you thought of Rae Dunn as soon as your saw these, Jenny! I was concerned with the letters being embroidered that it might take away from the look.

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  7. How pretty these turned out!

    I took up embroidery again about 10 years ago after a 30 year break and rediscovered how much I enjoyed it.

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    1. That gives me hope because it's been about that long since I embroidered too. It really was fun and I hope to find more projects to use it on. Thank you 😊

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  8. What absolutely beautiful ornaments! That little sprig of evergreen is the perfect compliment to the red and white of the embroidery and fabric. And I love that it's a recycled project, too!

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    1. Thank you very much, Nicole! I was so glad to put more of the slipcover remnant to good use.

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  9. These are really pretty, the stripes are so classy.

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  10. Oh my goodness, Marie! Those are so cute!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Tania, they look great on my tree and now I want to make five more. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. These are beautiful! They would look perfect on my tree!

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    1. Thank you Roseann! They look so pretty on mine that I've decided to make more.

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  12. These ornaments are so detailed! I love the embroidery.

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    1. Thanks Jessa! They were easy to make and didn't take long at all.

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  13. Love them adorable farmhouse hoop ornaments.
    Now, if only I could do embroidery.
    ColleenB.~Tx.

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    1. Thank you Colleen! Trust me, if I could do these embroidery stitches, you definitely could. Super easy and lots of YouTube videos tutorials out there too.

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  14. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!

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  15. Marie,
    I love these hoop ornaments. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2019/12/over-moon-linky-party_68.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you very much for the feature, Bev, much appreciated! xo

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  16. These ornaments are just beautiful! I've never embroidered before, but I'm willing to give it a try :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin! Believe me, if I can do the embroidery stitches, you definitely can. YouTube has some great video tutorials and you'll be surprised how easy they are!

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