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Vintage Embroidery Hoop Purse

By: Tamara from Etcetorize

Talk about unique!  This Vintage Embroidery Hoop Purse is a great way to upcycle and recycle items that you probably have on hand already.  With an old hoop and a vintage scarf, this DIY purse is fashionable, fun, and budget friendly!

Embroidery Hoop Purse


  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Glue Gun
  • Vintage Scarf
  • Fabric Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Hemp Cording
  • Sewing Machine and Supplies



  1. Separate your hoops so that you have two and tighten the one with the screw as small as it will go.  (I'm using 10" hoops, but you can use any size.)

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  2. Run a bit of hot glue down the centre of your hoop and start wrapping your hemp cording around it.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  3. In very small sections, add a bit of hot glue to the inside of your hoop, and wrap the hemp cording tightly around.  Keep the glue on the inside.  It will seep through a bit and is less noticeable when it's only on the inside.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  4. You can get really creative and use macrame knots instead. Or, if you're really industrious, try embroidery thread. It comes in way more colours, but it's much finer, so you'll need a lot more.
  5. Secure the end of your cording with the glue and set aside.
  6. Now, we're going to make a purse body to go with your lovely new handles that you just made, with a lovely scarf.
  7. Fold your scarf in half and then fold the long edges over about 2.5" and press.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  8. Now, most patterns will tell you to sew your sides first, but if you do that you'll have a very difficult time sewing your circular handles onto your purse, trust me, it's not fun.  The first one will go on OK but the second one will have to be handsewn, and then it will look wonky because they're different.  So, leave your sides alone for now.
  9. Pin the edge you just pressed around one of your covered hoops.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  10. Sew each edge down, keeping your hoops to the left of the sewing machine and far away from your needle.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  11. OK, now you can you sew your sides together.  With right sides together, sew your scarf together, leaving approximately 4" at the top separated.  If you go too close to the top it will be difficult to open your purse.

    Emboridery Hoop Purse

    Emboridery Hoop Purse
  12. Remember one of your hoops has a little closure on it, so slide it around until it's hidden inside your fabric.
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What an awesome idea for a real vintage looking bag! I love that you use a vintage or old scarf you have laying around...myself, I would go to the thrift store and thoroughly enjoy rifling through the racks to pick out the best scarf for my bag. There's always something that speaks to me! This would make a great gift for a girlfriend who has it all, already!



This is really cute! I like the idea of using the embroidery hoops. I think the hemp would be too scratchy on my hands, but I have lots of unused embroidery floss,could even use paracord. I'd like to suggest using a bit of glue on the srew though, it'd be a shame to have it come loose & lose all that work. Thanks for a cool idea!


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