Monday, 14 July 2014

Free Project #1 - Colour Wheel Embroidery Hoop

I have this thing for embroidery hoops. I rarely embroider, I just have a thing for the hoops themselves. I have a narrow wall in my studio beside my sewing table that is perfect for a cluster of hoops, so I'm working on filling that with hoopy goodness.

Since every artist needs a colour wheel handy, I decided to make a fabric colour wheel for my wall., and since you can never have too many freebies, here are the directions in case you want to make your own.

Six, 10in x 10in squares of quilting cotton in the following bright colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. You can use solids or prints.

Neutral sewing thread (I used grey).
Sewing thread to match each fabric (This is for sewing on buttons, you could also use embroidery thread).

72 buttons of various sizes - 12 buttons in each colour. If you don't have this many buttons in your buttons stash you could definitely get away with fewer.

One l2 inch diameter embroidery hoop.

Sewing machine, dressmaking scissors, hand sewing needle, iron and ironing board. 


Cut an equilateral (60 degree) triangle with a side measurement of 9.5 inches for your template out of paper or cardboard.

Cut a triangle from each colour fabric. 

Using a 1/4 inch seam and your neutral thread, machine stitch each triangle in colour order in sections of three pieces to make two half hexagons.
Stitch red to orange and orange to yellow; then green to blue and blue to purple.
Sew the two half hexagons together. 

Press well and then place the hexagon into your embroidery hoop, pulling it tight. Be sure to place the screw at the top. On the back, tack around the diameter of the hoop about 1/2 inch in from the edge to gather up the excess fabric in the back. 

Turn over and lay out your buttons on the front in one colour grouping at at time and hand sew them in place.

Your custom colour wheel is now ready to hang. Or hold up to the sunshine if you want to see translucent prettiness. 


  1. I love this project! So cute. Been wanting to put some hoops up in my sewing room, this will definitely have to be one of them! Thanks!

  2. I have seen this kind of thing in my local patchwork store ...looks great... :)

  3. Love the addition of buttons to this pretty piece.

    :) Linda

  4. What a great way to use some of my precious vintage buttons I've been hoarding for ages. Love it. Thank you

  5. Love the addition of buttons to this pretty piece.


  6. love the display of buttons with machine embroidery designs.


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