Before you start your hoop art, trace using a soft leaded pencil or fabric pen the inner hoop’s contour onto a piece of felt, then cut out.
Once you've finished your embroidery, turn the hoop over and trim the excess fabric 1” ( 2 ½ cm) away from the hoop edge.
Using embroidery thread or something similar, starting at the top, stitch a row of running stitch around the seam allowance, ensuring that you leave a long tail at the beginning.
Once you’ve stitched the full circle, take the thread ends and pull them together to gather the fabric. Knot the thread in place to secure the pleats. I have at time left my hoops like this, however when gifting them I always do the following.......
To neatly finish the back of your hoop, take the circle of felt you prepared earlier and Whip Stitch in co-ordinating coloured embroidery thread the felt circle to the gathered linen below.
In case you're interested, the piece I backed was my Autumn Leaves Hoop, which you can read all about HERE.