That’s right – Happily After Designs now has a new, exciting & unique set of designs available! And the best part? They are made entirely in the hoop (aside from sewing of the turning seams) and come in three different sizes. Yippee! 🙂 If you are wondering what in the world in the hoop keepers are, don’t fret. I’ll show you a few of the fun and creative ways to use these cuties!
Supplies You Will Need
- Felt or fabric of choice
- 4×4, 5×7, or 6×10 hoop & embroidery machine
- Small amount of elastic – an inch or two per keeper (1/4 inch wide works best)
- Sewing needle and small amount of thread to close turning seam at end
- Cotton or stuffing of choice (Optional)
How To Use In The Hoop Keepers
One of my favorite ways to use an in the hoop keeper is as a wire keeper. Not only does it keep those pesky wires together in a clean and neat space, it makes something that is otherwise drab look totally adorable! 😉 Simply bunch your wire (or multiple wires) and slide them through the arms of the keeper for a fast and secure place to store your wires! You may also use the keeper to cinch your wires at the back of your desk by feeding the wires through the arms and sliding the keeper into place. Try different methods for your wires and see which you prefer!
((Peekaboo! Check out the keeper in action cinching wires and “hanging” about. 😉 ))
Another fun way to use the in the hoop keepers is as a curtain holder. I know, it sounds crazy. You will have to trust me on this because the outcome is definitely adorable! All you need to do is stitch out one of the keepers in a size that would work best for the curtains you have in mind. Then just slide the keeper on by inserting the curtain through the arms. Easy peasy! The 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sized keepers work perfect for the more thin or sheer curtains. If your curtain is on the thick side, go with the 6×10 size just in case! Since you will get all three sizes regardless, feel free to stitch out one of each to see which is your best fit. 🙂 The best thing about using the in the hoop keepers as a curtain holder is that you can use them in two different ways. Facing out towards the window or facing in towards you. Just flip the arms over the body to change the orientation!
((Check out this little guy peeking over the curtain!))
((Flip the arms of the keeper around for a different look!))
Additional Uses & Ideas
Our in the hoop keepers are very versatile and can be used for tons more than just those two ways. Filling them with rice and using them for balloon weights, holding lollipops or other party favors, or even rolling up a baby blanket and securing it between the arms for a truly unique in the hoop gift. Get creative and have fun with them in any way you can imagine! As a side note, the keepers do NOT need to be stuffed if you do not like the stuffie look. They are still perfectly functional and adorable when sewn flat but will have more wiggle room between the arms so you may need to stitch a smaller hoop size than you would if you were to stuff it. These keepers truly are great for fast in the hoop gifts, stocking stuffers, party favors, decoration, and organizational tools! If you find a fun new way to use your in the hoop keepers, feel free to share it with me here or on the HAD Facebook page – I’d love to see what you come up with! 🙂
You may take a look at all of our ITH Keepers over on the Happily After Designs website. More new designs are added frequently so don’t forget to check back often! <3