We could all use a little extra love these days. Our journey into 2021 hasn’t exactly been the smooth ride we were all counting on. So why not brighten someone’s day with a very cute and very punny ‘I lava you’ volcano hoop?! This felt DIY is so very simple, you can probably whip it up in an hour!
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So I made this loving little guy into a hoop, but you could totally put him on a flag banner or enlarge the pattern and turn him into a pillow. I love designing patterns that can be used in a multitude of ways!
I wrote this post in anticipation of Valentines Day, but this volcano can easily be year-round decor. He’d be great for a kids room or playroom!
And if you are looking for more Valentines ideas, I have this post of 16 Valentine’s Day Embroidery Ideas, this free printable (and hilarious, in my opinion) card, and this French Valentines card for kids. It’s shockingly hard, in a bilingual country, to find french cards! So I made my own. I also just finished this very Valentine’s appropriate embroidery pattern!
Alright, let’s make this cutie!
Easy DIY Felt Volcano Hoop
To start, gather up your materials.
You will need:
– Printed pattern – make sure you print it at 100%
– 7″ Embroidery Hoop – my fave are these bamboo ones, I can usually find them at Michael’s
– Wool felt – I used Silver from this shop and 100% wool in Cappuccino from this shop, and a bright red scrap that I can’t find a link for, sorry.
– Matching embroidery thread
– Cotton background fabric 10″x10″
– Felt for backing 10″x10″
For the fabric and backing, just lay your embroidery hoop on top as a template and cut the fabrics a generous 1″ past the edge of the hoop.
How to Prep the Embroidery Hoop
Simply layer your fabric and backing, center the print of the fabric if there is one, and secure them in the hoop.
I like to finish the edges by first trimming the felt backing as closely to the hoop as possible.
Then fold and hot glue the excess fabric to the inner ring of the hoop.
Once the project is done, you can finish the back of the hoop (if you want to, I hardly ever do) by glueing a circle of felt or cardstock or scrapbook paper to the hoop. I show how to do that in this floral embroidery DIY post.
Assemble the Valentines Volcano
Now you can position and sew the body of the volcano in place. Lay out all your pieces before you stitch anything, just to make sure you’ve got the placement right and there’s room for the text underneath.
Use a single strand of thread and a backstitch for the volcano body, and for the lava and smoke later on.
Next, trace the words onto a scrap of tissue paper.
Using 2 strands of thread and a tiny split stitch, embroider the words through the fabric and paper. You could also use a tiny backstitch if you prefer, but I always do a split stitch.
When the words are done you can very gently tear away the paper. Use a pair of tweezers like these to gently remove the paper that usually gets stuck in the center of the ‘a’ and ‘o’.
Sewing a Simple Valentines Day Hoop
Now all that’s left is to sew on the lava and smoke.
You’ll notice I accidentally snipped off the top of the mountain so that it doesn’t quite line up with the lava. Oops. Usually you can wiggle and stretch the felt a bit if the pieces don’t line up, but I did too much damage. Haha oh well. He’s still adorable!
I made another version a while ago and was happy to find a photo of it, I just wish I still had some of that starry night fabric too!
See, I told you that would be an easy DIY Valentines project! Or birthday project, or Father’s Day project……