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Buffalo Plaid Embroidery Hoop Ornaments // Learn How to Make Your Own!

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I’m in love with the buffalo plaid embroidery hoop ornaments I’ve seen floating around lately!  So of course I decided it was time to make my own! Last Christmas I was obsessed with buffalo plaid and used it to make envelope pillow covers and my DIY table runner.

Apparently this winter is no different. The buffalo plaid obsession continues!

If you want to personalize your Christmas decor this season, you need to try this DIY embroidery hoop ornament.

"DIY Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments" with image of red and black buffalo plaid ornament on Christmas tree.

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My Silhouette Cameo skills are still lacking, but I was able to make this work without too much difficulty.

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How to make buffalo plaid embroidery hoop ornaments:

As per usual, this took a bit longer than I had anticipated. This was mostly due to my inexperience with my Silhouette Cameo. Mastering that machine is something I plan on doing VERY soon.

If you follow Love Our Real Life, be prepared for many more Silhouette Cameo posts in the upcoming months.

See what I did there?

If I put it in writing for others to see, I feel like I’ll have more accountability! Does anyone else try to trick themselves like this?!

Supplies for embroidery hoop ornaments:

  • Embroidery hoops. Mine were 4 inch, but you could select a larger size if you’d like. This tutorial is for “ornaments” but this could easily be a wall hanging, too!
  • Fabric. My focus is on buffalo plaid, but feel free to grab any fabric you’d like. The flannel worked great!
  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Heat transfer vinyl
  • Ribbon of choice to decorate top
  • Wood stain in your stain color of choice should you decide to stain the outer hoop. You could also paint the hoop!
  • Chip brush for wood stain
  • Towels to protect floor
  • Rag to wipe off excess wood stain.

Steps 1: Stain the embroidery hoops

This step is optional, but I think the stained hoops gives it more of a rustic look. I’m planning on giving these ornaments as Christmas gifts, so I stained A LOT at one time.

If you are one of my speech pathology work friends, I’m sorry you are seeing your gift in advance. I have a blog to run, ladies;-)

12 embroidery hoops on towel, using Special Walnut wood stain to stain the outer hoop

You will only need to stain the outer hoop as this is all that will be seen!

The stain was applied with an old chip brush. Once all of the stain was on the hoops, I went back and wiped off any drips.

Allow a few hours for the stain to dry prior to assembling your hoops with the fabric!

Step 2: Determine Design for vinyl and create!

As I mentioned above, I am certainly not an expert with my Silhouette Cameo yet. I muddled my way pretty well.  I followed a beginner’s guide for heat transfer vinyl from The Pinning Mama.

Even though I’ve made a few t-shirts, I’m still not 100% confident in my skills. If you are new to using a Silhouette Cameo, please check out the tutorial for using it above.

I tried to keep my designs around 3 inches to ensure they would fit within the 4 inch hoop.

Collage of silhouette cameo and MacBook Pro, Iron, and red and black check buffalo plaid flannel scraps.

Step 3: Use an iron or heat press to iron the vinyl onto your fabric

If you do not own a heat press (I don’t), an iron will do the trick! I use parchment paper over the vinyl and hold the iron in place for 15 seconds. Hold it with a lot of pressure and do not move the iron around.

This method has worked well with t-shirts as well.

Step 4: Place the fabric in the hoop

Put the inside hoop on a hard surface. Center the design over the top of the inner hoop. Place the outer hoop on top of the fabric. You might need to loosen the outer hoop slightly.

Gently slide the outer hoop over the inner hoop.

Tighten the hoop and pull the fabric as needed to ensure it is taut and centered.

Red and black buffalo check fabric in embroidery hoop with "Christmas begins with Christ".

Side note: I used old scraps left over from when I made my envelope pillows covers last year.

This is the perfect project to use up your scraps! As you can see in the above image, the fabric came from a flannel buffalo plaid throw. I got it as a doorbuster deal at Michael’s last season for a few bucks!

It was too thin to really use as a throw blanket, but I got a TON of use out of it with a variety of projects.

If you come across table cloths, unlined curtains, sheets, etc that are on clearance AND you love the fabric grab them. Even if you can’t use them as they are intended, you might just find a way to repurpose them.

Fabric is kind of pricey, so I’m always on the look out!

Step 5: Cut the excess fabric from the back

Definitely do not overthink this part! Once the outer hoop is sufficiently tightened, simply cut away the excess material.

Nothing fancy is needed!

In the below image, you can see the unstained inside hoop. The excess fabric is hanging around the edges.

Backside of embroidery hoop ornament before cutting away excess buffalo plaid fabric

Just cut around the edges, trimming away any loose pieces. You will likely not be able to get super close, but certainly good enough!

Back side of the buffalo plaid embroidery hoop Christmas ornament.

Step 6: Make a pretty bow for the top of the ornament

Get as creative as you’d like with this part!

I had some natural raffia in one of my craft boxes. Absolutely no idea why I’d purchased it, but it worked out great for these embroidery ornaments!

Some faux holly berries were added with hot glue and it was done!

"Christmas Begins with Christ" buffalo plaid ornament on a Christmas tree.
Christmas tree at night with lights on.

See the fun, buffalo plaid tree skirt? It’s yet another inexpensive throw blanket used as a tree skirt.

The lighting is not great in my photo above, but you get the idea of how our Christmas tree looks! Our new ornament is front and center.

Here’s another buffalo check ornament:

Buffalo plaid ornament that says "Merry Christmas".

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Don’t forget to pin this to your favorite Christmas Pinterest board for later!

Have a great week!

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  1. This is absolutely adorable! I am obsessed with buffalo plaid. It’s so cute and festive! This would be such a fun DIY!

  2. These are so cute — I love them! I’m going to use them as dual-purpose gift tags!

  3. April my daughter just got a silhouette machine. I live this ornament. Going show her so we can try and make some

    1. That’s so exciting, Candy! I have so much to learn! Please share any fun projects you try! Your daughter should join some Silhouette Cameo 3 FaceBook groups. I’ve gotten so much valuable information from those!

  4. I really LOVE the buffalo plaid pattern. I’ve been wanting to incorporate it into my Christmas decorations. This seems like a pretty simple way to add a splash of buffalo plaid.

  5. This is such a great idea! I love this – I have always wanted to try making my ornaments, and this is so unique!

  6. These are adorable! I’ve used embroidery hoops before but this is a great use of an old scarf or scrap and I love adding the words! I’m hoping to try this with my kids help too! Thanks!

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