Mini Embroidery Hoops - best tiny hoops and how to use them

Mini Embroidery Hoops: How to choose the best tiny hoop and how to use them

If you’re a budding stitcher with a love for all things mini, you’re in for a treat. Let’s explore the world of mini embroidery hoops together! 

These tiny frames open a world of creative possibilities, allowing you to craft charming projects that pack a punch without overwhelming your stitching space. Whether you’re new to embroidery or an experienced stitcher looking for a fun and refreshing challenge, mini hoops are a delightful addition to your drawer of embroidery supplies.

Why choose Mini Embroidery Hoops?

Mini hoop embroidery is a delightful way to explore creativity on a smaller canvas. The best part? These tiny hoops are perfect for beginners! If you’ve hesitated to start larger projects, mini hoops offer a less intimidating entry point. You can experiment with various stitches, patterns, and color combinations without committing to a more significant undertaking.

On the other hand, experienced stitchers can challenge themselves with detailed small patterns and embroider with one strand of embroidery floss for a more elaborate look.

Two mini hoops with embroideries

Getting Started with Mini Hoops

Before diving into stitching, let’s talk about mini hoops and how to choose the best one for your project.

Mini hoops, Miniature hoops, or Tiny hoops are made to display tiny embroidery pieces. They come in all shapes and sizes – round hoops, ovals, square-shaped, star-shaped, hexagons, or heart-shaped hoops. You can also come upon the hoops with the bunny years or in the bird’s shape.

It is important to note that these small hoops are not created for embroidery but for displaying it.

Usually, the mini hoop is made from wood, but you can also find plastic or metal ones. 

The constructions of the mini hoops vary. Some hoops have three parts: the outer ring, the inner wooden piece, and the outer wooden piece, which is a bit bigger and is designed to cover the back, and a mini bolt and a screw for tightening. Other hoops are made of two parts and do not have a tightening screw.

Things to keep in mind when choosing a mini-hoop

  • What is the size of your embroidery? The sizes of the mini hoops vary from 1 inch to 2,5 inches (2,5 cm – 6 cm). Choose the size that fits your embroidery the best. 
  • What is the shape of your embroidery? Is it oval, round, or square? Choose the mini hoop accordingly.
  • What is the final purpose of the embroidered piece framed in a mini hoop? Miniature hoops are fabulous for making mini brooches, keyrings, pendants, earrings, or Christmas tree ornaments. Some mini hoops are created to become pendants, and others are keyrings, so getting a tiny hoop suitable for your project goals makes sense.
  • The construction of the mini hoop. Small frames with a screw mechanism will allow you to manage the tension of the embroidery better. On the other hand, the mini hoops with no tension mechanism usually look better.

Some options for the mini embroidery hoops I recommend:

Premium hardwood Mini hoop embroidery frame kit on Etsy
Premium hardwood Mini hoop embroidery frame kit on Etsy | artbase
Mini frames of various shapes and sizes on Etsy
Mini frames of various shapes and sizes on Etsy | Rosebeading
Heart Mini Hoops on Etsy
Heart Mini Hoops on Etsy | hoopsnmore
Petal Shape Embroidery Mini Hoop on Etsy
Petal Shape Embroidery Mini Hoop on Etsy | hoopsnmore
Hexa Mini Hoop - 2 inches - 3D printed on Etsy
Hexa Mini Hoop – 2 inches – 3D printed on Etsy | EclipticaWorks
Mini Hoops for Pendants with a decorative edge on Etsy
Mini Hoops for Pendants with a decorative edge on Etsy | MillionOfStitches
Mini Wooden Embroidery Keychain Hoops on Etsy
Mini Wooden Embroidery Keychain Hoops on Etsy | MillionOfStitches
Hexagon Mini Embroidery Hoop on Amazon
Hexagon Mini Embroidery Hoop on Amazon
Animal shaped small wood hoop on Amazon
Animal shaped small wood hoop on Amazon
Embroidery mini hoop with floral composition

How To Frame Embroidery With A Mini Hoop

Step-By-Step Guide

Tools and Materials


  • Small sharp embroidery scissors
  • A needle


  • Your embroidery. Wash and iron your embroidery to remove tracing marks before framing it
  • Mini hoop that fits the embroidery by size and shape
  • Piece of felt fabric
  • Robust thread like pearl cotton
  • Fabric or Craft glue


  1. Gather all the tools and materials you will need for the project.
Tools and materials for framing embroidery with mini hoops

2. Prepare the inner wooden part. Mark the shape of this smaller oval on the felt fabric and cut it out. 

Cut out felt cover

3. Glue the felt part to the wooden oval. This extra layer will make the edges look smoother. Besides that, the embroidery will slip less, making working with such a small object easier.

Glue the felt cover

4. Place the inner part of the mini-hoop above the embroidery with a felt side looking towards the embroidery. Center it and mark 0,3-04 inches (0,7 – 1 cm) around. Cut out the embroidery.

Cut out the embroidery

5. Sew with a Running stitch around the whole shape. I used a pearl cotton thread, but you can use a robust sewing thread or any other durable thread.

Sew with Running stitch around the edge

6. Place the inner part of the mini-hoop above the embroidery. Draw the threads from the running stitch to gather the fabric, with backing pieces inside. Tighten the knot. 

Draw the stitches

7. Make additional stitches to secure the material gathered around the wooden back piece.

Additional stitches to secure the back

8. Place the piece with embroidery inside the mini-hoop and tighten the screw.

Tighten the screw of the mini hoop

9. Glue the bigger wooden piece to cover the back of the mini-hoop. You can use clothespins or sewing clips to hold both pieces together while the glue hardens.

Secure the back with clips until the glue hardens

10. Your mini hoop DIY project is done! You can turn it into a keychain or a necklace or hang it on your bag as a charm.

Video Tutorial

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Recommended Products

Disclaimer. To cover the cost of creating free embroidery patterns and video tutorials for this blog, I do sometimes link to products. Please assume these links are affiliate links. If you choose to buy through my links then THANK YOU! – it will make it possible for me to keep doing this.

Mini frames of various shapes and sizes on Etsy
Mini frames
Wool Blend Felt | One Yard
Wool felt fabric
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Glue for Fabrics Gutterman on Amazon
Glue for Fabrics
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton
Stork embroidery scissors
Stork embroidery scissors

Mini Hoop DIY Projects for Your Inspiration

Mini Florals

Bring the beauty of nature into your embroidery with mini floral designs. Create dainty blossoms, leaves, and stems using basic stitches like the Lazy daisy stitch, Whipped spider wheel, Fishbone stitch, and French knots.

Embroidered pendant framed in a mini hoop with floral bouquet

Miniature Animals & Creatures

Craft adorable animal characters for mini hoops. From cute cats to bees and butterflies, you can bring any creature to life with just a few stitches and a splash of imagination.

It took me less than 30 minutes to embroider this tiny snake.

Pendant with a snake embroidery framed in a mini hoop

Sentimental Keepsakes

Mini hoops are perfect for preserving sentimental memories. Embroider initials, dates, or special symbols that hold significance to you or your loved ones. These personalized tiny hoops make heartfelt gifts that will be cherished forever. 

If you want to make a hand-embroidered keychain for Father’s Day, check out the step-by-step tutorial I wrote for Creative Fabrica.

Keychain with embroidery made with Mini Embroidery Hoop

Final Thoughts

Mini hoop embroidery opens up a world of creativity in a compact form. Whether you are an embroidery beginner or a seasoned stitcher, these tiny hoops offer a wonderful canvas to express your artistic flair. So, gather your supplies, and let your imagination run wild!