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Here's a quick and easy way to make a lightweight embroidery hoop out of a plastic take-away container. It only took me about an hour for my first try, figuring it out as I went. 
I used my completed hoop to embroider something for another 'ible, please check it out too!
 
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Step 1: You need...

Picture of You need...
  • A plastic container with a lid that 'clicks' into place. E.g. a take-away container, or a small ice cream tub container
  • A Stanley/Utility knife, or an X-acto knife. Any knife strong enough to cut through plastic
  • Strong pair of scissors
Some other optional stuff:
  • Nail File/Sandpaper (not shown)
  • Duct tape (not shown)
  • Wire/pipe cleaners

Step 2: Cut the container like so:

In the first photo, I marked the containers with a red pen to show where you should cut. Basically, cut 1/2cm in from the raised edge of the lid (1/5 inch) and 1/2cm from the raised edge of the container.

<---!SAFETY NOTE--->
Use the knife, and take lots of care! If you're really young and nervous, or even if you're not so young and nervous, I suggest that you delegate this job to someone with steady hands. 
Also, make sure you're cutting on a protected surface, so on lots of newspaper or a thick magazine. 

Step 3: Filing and duct tape

The next, optional step is the file the edges smooth and/or cover them with duct tape. 
It is kinda important to have smooth edges that won't catch on your precious fabric, so I do suggest one or the other. 

Sonars2 months ago

fantastic! I have a group of kids that I want to do basic t-shirt screening with.... But the idea of purchasing expensive hoops for a craft project.... This solves two issues for me... What to do with the Chinese takeout containers I have (there are many) and how to make inexpensive hoops!! Awesome!

Sonars2 months ago

fantastic! I have a group of kids that I want to do basic t-shirt screening with.... But the idea of purchasing expensive hoops for a craft project.... This solves two issues for me... What to do with the Chinese takeout containers I have (there are many) and how to make inexpensive hoops!! Awesome!

dismissie2 years ago
What a great idea!
fantastic idea, I have an ice cream tub that would work perfect for that, much cheeper as well, cheers for sharing this I intend to make one for my embroidery, :)
piggleliggle (author)  Pixie Puddle2 years ago
That's awesome, I'd like to see a photo of it when you've completed it :D And thanks :D
banker2 years ago
Brilliant!
ChrysN2 years ago
That is a really smart idea, nicely done!
Ez-Kabob2 years ago
What a cool idea!