Here is a quick and easy way to decorate the edge of your embroidery hoops using just three things:
1. Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
2. Coordinating Piping in whatever size you like (or have)
3. Glue (I'm using Tacky Glue because I use that for everything and have a giant bottle of it)
First, unroll a length of bias tape that is longer than the circumference of your hoop. Unfold end of bias tape and then fold over the unfinished edge. Slather a bit of glue to the INSIDE edge of your hoop. If you glue all over the hoop, the glue will seep through the tape and make it yucky. Don't want that! (The only part of the tape that is getting glued is the edge you see at the top of the hoop.)
Now you can add a little glue to the hoop at a time, and adhere the edge of the tape to the hoop. I use the premade folds of the bias tape as a guide- the fold gets aligned with the edge of the hoop. Continue around until you reach the end of the hoop, then fold and glue the bias tape end as before.
Time to add the piping. Snip a few of the threads from the end of the piping and then pull the fabric covering back, exposing the cord. Snip off a bit of the end, straighten out the fabric, then fold and glue the end. This makes a nice, neat edge.
Add a bit of glue to the inside edge of your hoop as before, right on top of the glued bias tape. Begin gluing your piping around the hoop, making sure the piping is glued as close to the hoop edge as possible.
Here you can get a glimpse of how much extra tape is still dangling over the back of the hoop. This is necessary for when you get to covering the back! When the glue is dry, add your finished embroidery. I didn't think that far ahead while making this tute so I had to stitch something up in a hurry.
At this point you have a few choices to finish it off. You can trim your embroidery fabric and:
1. Glue the excess to the inside of the hoop and then do the same with the untrimmed
2. Glue your embroidery to the hoop then glue a felt or fabric circle to the bias tape, OR
3. Be all lazy-like and leave the embroidery alone and then sew a felt or fabric circle to the bias tape.
Just keep stitching, just keep stitching...
All done! How cute is that?