How to make a slogan hoop

We all need a bit of motivation, and now you can create your own with Junk & Glitter’s motivational embroidery hoop pattern. If you have a go at making Sophie’s hoop then take a picture and share it with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Oh and remember to pick up a copy of 106 and subscribe to Mollie Makes while you’re here.

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You’ll need

  • Cotton fabric, 20 x 20cm (7 78) (we used Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton in Shell)
  • Wooden embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″)
  • Embroidery threads in black, light grey, light peach, dark peach, light pink, lilac and pale lilac (we used DMC Stranded Cotton in 310, 762, 754, 3779, 819, 3743 and 3042)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing thread
  • Erasable fabric marker

How to make the hoop

Step 1

Separate the hoop and place the fabric over the outer hoop, right side up. Insert the inner hoop and tighten the screw, pulling the fabric taut, then trim back any excess fabric to 2.5cm (1″). Place the fabric flat onto the template and trace the design using the marker.

Step 2

Thread the needle with all six strands of black embroidery thread and knot the end, then use split stitch to embroider the lettering. We’ve got a handy stitch guide if you need it. Knot and cut the thread after each word, then stitch the dashes around the phrase using straight stitches.

Step 3

Fill the oval shapes using satin stitch – you can refer to the main image as a guide, or choose your own colour combinations. Fill the larger circles with French knots stitched closely together.

Step 4

Use straight stitches and V-shaped stitches to fill in the groups of scattered stitches.

Step 5

Remove any visible pen marks using a wet cotton bud, then take the fabric out the hoop. Place it back over the hoop, wrong side up, then insert the inner hoop and tighten the screw again, pulling the fabric taut.

Step 6

Thread the needle with sewing thread and double knot it 5cm (2″) from the end. Sew a running stitch through the excess fabric, then pull the thread to gather. Knot to secure, then trim any excess thread or fabric.


Sophie began designing on paper in 2015, but moved into embroidery after the birth of her second daughter. Find her prints and patterns on her Etsy.



  • Christine Dyson

    This reminds me of a young lad I knew who mentioned in conversation that he liked embroidery. I had been having a clear out and asked him if he would like a printed canvas kit that I hadn’t got around to doing. He politely declined and explained that he liked to doodle designs and then stitch over them. What a mind blowing idea!