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Celebrate 50 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean with an Embroidered Hoop DIY

Hey Disney Style fans—Natalie here! For those who don’t know me, I have a passion for DIY-ing just about anything, but particularly love stitching Disney embroidery hoops to decorate your home! Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland, so I never miss a chance to ride it when I visit the Park. And today, we’re celebrating its 50th anniversary with a trio of embroidery hoops inspired by the attraction! For this DIY, I was inspired by the pink and burgundy hues of the attractions’ concept art, the fun fashion trends of the ’60s (the ride opened in 1967), and of course, the pirates.

Here’s what you’ll need for the first one, which is inspired by the attraction’s streamlined pastel building in New Orleans Square:

Attraction Building Hoop Supplies:

  • Embroidery needle
  • Felt sheets (One of each: pink, grey, light grey, burgundy, light brown, brown)
  • Vintage Fabric
  • Large (8”) Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Glue
  • White Puff Paint
  • Sewing Pins

Steps

  1. Cut a square (10×10 inches) of vintage fabric and pull it tight around the inner hoop frame. Secure the fabric inside the hoop by snapping on the outer frame and tightening the screw. Make sure your fabric is pulled extra tight.
  2. Now it’s time to cut out all your felt pieces. I made this handy-dandy template for you guys so you know what to cut out and in what color. Cut out everything and set the pieces aside. 
  3. Start with the large rectangles, two pink and one maroon. Stack them and secure with sewing pins. Place the maroon one over the edge of the bottom, so you have enough room to trim it. 
  4. Stitch those pieces on and cut the bottom felt piece to fit the wooden edge of the circular hoop. Glue the bottom edge to secure.
  5. Next, take a look at how the building should fit together and start stacking your remaining felt pieces. Use sewing pins to secure, and then start to stitch. Your stitches should be taught, but not so tight that they dig deep into the felt. 
  6. Last, take your two brown “shield” pieces and sew only the dark brown one on. Use the puff paint to create a small skull and crossbones on the light one and let dry overnight.
  7. Sew on your puff-painted piece. You’re almost done!
  8. When you feel like your building is complete, it’s time to stitch up the back. Cut out a piece of felt to the circumference of the inner hoop, glue it in the back, cut the edges of the fabric, and then thread up the back. There are a number of ways to “complete” the back of a hoop, and Pinterest is the best resource for ideas. On my “Zip-A-DIY” board you can find a few different methods as well. 

‘Yo-Ho’ Hoop Supplies

  • Embroidery needle
  • Maroon Fabric
  • Small (4”) Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Thin marker

Steps

  1. Cut a 5 x 5-inch square of burgundy fabric and pull it tight around the inner hoop frame. Secure the fabric inside the hoop by snapping on the outer frame on and tightening the screw. Make sure your fabric is pulled extra tight.
  2. Use a thin marker to outline the phrase “yo-ho, yo-ho”. I have made this a little easier for you guys by creating a graphic you can trace. The easiest way to do this is to gently tape your hoop to the screen of your computer or tablet and use the backlight to trace the design.
  3. Now you are all set to start stitching! If you want a thinner design, make sure to split your thread to get your desired thickness. 
  4. What’s great about embroidery is you can really begin wherever you want, there isn’t a correct way to do it. For this design I used mostly split stitch. I reference the stitch here if you’re not quite sure what that means.
  5. Stitch until your words are all filled out, and then close up the back just like the other hoop. 

‘Pirate’s Life’ Hoop Supplies

  • Embroidery needle
  • Medium (5”) Embroidery Hoop
  • Red Embroidery Thread
  • Micro Felt Red Marker

Steps

  1. Prep your hoop just like the other two with a tan 7×7-inch fabric.
  2. Use a thin marker to outline the phrase “A pirate’s life for me.” Here is the template for this one! Again, the easiest way to do this is to gently tape your hoop to the screen of your computer or tablet, and use the backlight to trace the design.
  3. Use the same stitching method as the second hoop, but on this one just stitch the outline and not fill in the words.
  4. Once you are done with the stitching, use the thin red marker to fill in the words to give them a two-toned, three dimensional effect. 
  5. Stitch up the back, and you have a beautiful set of hoops to show off your appreciation for the Pirates of the Caribbean! 

I hope you guys have fun with these and put your own spin on them! If you have a troubleshooting question or other craft emergency you can always send me a tweet. For other hoop art and DIY ideas, you can find me on YouTube or on my blog, Ariel and Alder.

Posted 4 months Ago
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