October 4 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

on October 3 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 59 Comments

Every day this month we’ll share some Handmade Holiday inspiration. It’s going to be fun!

Little Hoop Embroideries by Megan, Lilac Saloon

We don’t have a tutorial to share for these cute, little embroideries, but we love the idea of using 3″ hoops to design some one-of-a-kind ornaments. Megan sells these as custom name embroideries in her Lilac Saloon shop, in addition to some beautiful, larger embroidered pieces. If Megan’s work inspires you to design your own small hoops, you can use our Hand Sewing Month posts as a great stitching resource.

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59 Responses to October 4 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

  1. carriem says:

    I just love this idea!

  2. Nancy in IN says:

    Ornaments are great; shouldn’t take a lot of time. Love the placemats and napkins

  3. Beth T says:

    Somewhere I have a box of cross-stitch Christmas scenes, waiting for me to do something with them. This may be just the thing.

  4. Greeblygreebly says:

    Those are darling, I love the look of the cotton print behind the felt.

  5. happy zombie says:

    So adorable!

  6. These are so adorable and a great idea! Cant wait to make some and put them on our tree!

  7. Anna Dorothy says:

    very inspirational..so much one could do!

  8. jil says:

    That idea of using a hoop as a frame hit a nerve with me, it would be the answer to small gifts I have waiting to make in my head, thank-you

  9. Christina D. says:

    that’s a great idea!!

  10. Sara says:

    Those are really cute little name hoops –

  11. Sara says:

    Love this one too! These little hand stitching inspirations. Perfect for the soon-to-be midnight breastfeeding mama to do. Thanks!

  12. Jessica says:

    I love anything in an embroidery hoop, and these are adorable!

  13. Shannon O. says:

    I really want to take at look at “Everything Alice.”

  14. Lilly Trapp says:

    This is just what I need. I’m a member of a quilt guild and they all have cute name tags. So far I’m nameless. But this will solve that problem. I can’t wait to try them out!

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  16. Shirley Clark says:

    These are adorable! I have a friend who will love this idea!

  17. Sarah S says:

    Super cute. I think I have a vintage sheet that matches the floral on the Megan one!

  18. Heidi says:


  19. Super CUTE! I even have some hoops this size. What a bonus!

  20. Katrina H says:

    WOW! These are soooo cute!

  21. Barb in MI says:

    They look just perfect for the x-mas ornament exchange! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Heidi Anderson says:

    lovely inspirations! The wheels are turning…

  23. Jessica H says:

    These are beautiful. Thanks for the idea.

  24. Sherri S. says:

    Oh, soooo cute! Definitely going to make some of these as gifts. Thanks!

  25. Jennifer says:

    These little hoops are so cute. I think they would look cute on the bedroom doors at my house!

  26. Anya says:

    These are perfect for my kids to make for gifts this year (I better get them started!) as they just learned how to embroider this summer!

  27. krystina says:

    These are so sweet, what a great idea!

  28. Ellu says:

    They are really awesome!

  29. Betsy M says:

    What a cute idea!I am going to have my girl’s each try to make one.

  30. OOhhh, exciting!

  31. Kylie C says:

    These are adorable, I like the Megan one it has a great dimensional look. I think she used a layer of cotton batting to achieve it- must go experiment.

  32. Alli says:

    That is a cute idea for ornaments! Now if only I had room for a tree… 😀

  33. Jennifer N says:

    These are very sweet ornaments. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Jessica says:

    I love these! I think I’ll make a pair for my brother and his girlfriend!

  35. Gill says:

    These tiny hoop embroideries are gorgeous! I’m off to see if I can find some small hoops!

  36. Alice S says:

    Adorable! I want to make this if I can make the time.

  37. MarciaW says:

    These are very cute – thanks for the idea.
    Everything Alice sounds interesting.

  38. susan mzf says:

    oooh these are impossibly cute! can’t wait to make some for christmas gifts.

  39. rwebb says:

    precious! great idea for ornaments for kids!

  40. sarah says:

    This is such a great, simple idea!

  41. Miet says:


  42. Jess says:

    These are just lovely! I really like the idea and plan to add it to my list of ideas for small Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing it.

  43. Hilary says:

    I was hoping for some tips on how to finish the back of the hoop so it looks tidy!

  44. SweetPea says:

    Love this idea! So cute!

  45. Erika says:

    so cute!

  46. Anne Marie says:

    These are darling!

  47. Louby Lou says:

    I love these, I’m really into hand embroidery at the moment so this would be a lovely little project.

  48. Natalie V2 says:

    I think these are sweet, and I was just envisioning the keepsake value of letting my six year make some too!

  49. Katy says:

    Cute, and non-expensive gift

  50. Jess says:

    Ooh, I love the idea of using several of these to create a kind of family tree on the wall, with holiday colors for Christmas!

  51. Maggie barber says:

    Great idea!

  52. Alicia says:

    Great idea
    Have a nice day

  53. these are sweet. they would be nice as gift toppers too, or stocking stuffers!

  54. Stacey says:

    These are darling!

  55. I love these. What great gifts these would make at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing.

  56. Glenys says:

    What a great idea to personalize.

  57. Mhairi says:

    Looking at the ideas embroidery I saw the post about sewing with kids and I was reminded of a great activity we did at preschool with the old orange bags (netting) and meat trays. Both work really well for sewing and you could use Christmas pictures with holes punched in them and felt stars to create a beautiful Christmas hanging made by your children. Then add one of these frames to it with their name so it it homemade and really special.

  58. Mhairi says:

    Wow – cute. How cool would these look on the tree or used as gift tags.
    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing

  59. Ramona says:

    Ok, those are amazingly cute. I’m gonna have to make some ASAP.

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