Ready for a quick and easy method for finishing the back of a hoop? I've already shared one method to back a hoop; but today, I'm showing you an even easier way, and the one I use 99% of the time. 

This is a method I devised one day when I was in a hurry, and discovered that not only is it quick, and easy, and practically non-goofable, it looks amazing too! It's now my go-to method. 

I've created a tutorial in pictures, in order to share it with you!  

How to: back an embroidery hoop (the easy way)

1. Start with your finished embroidery. You'll also need a piece of fabric to add as backing. I'm using linen, but you could use cotton or another fabric that will fray - not felt. If you're unsure, put a piece of the fabric you're thinking of using into a hoop, trim it as I explain, and test-fray it before proceeding with your finished work.Take your finished piece out of the hoop (2) and lay it face-down (3); then put your backing piece on top (4). With me so far? 

How to: back an embroidery hoop (the easy way)

Now, put your finished piece into the hoop again, keeping the backing fabric in place (5). You're essentially sandwiching the backside of your stitching. Make sure your image is centred, then tug/tighten/even the fabric as you normally would. Now take your scissors and trim the excess fabric all around the hoop (6); you'll likely be left with a bit sticking up (7) so take your smaller scissors and do a second round of trimming, as close to the hoop as you can get (8).

How to: back an embroidery hoop (the easy way)

You'll still have a tiny bit of raw fabric edges showing (9), so the next step is to take your finger and rub it over this raw edge (10), applying some pressure so that the edges fray (11). This will create some loose ends, so take your small scissors and trim again (12). From here, you can decide if you're happy with how it looks; you can repeat the fray-and-trim step a few times until you're satisfied.

How to: back an embroidery hoop (the easy way)

And voila... the easiest, quickest, best-looking method I know - so you can get your hoops tidy and presentable in no time at all. And, no needle pokes or glue gun burns are required (wink). 

How to: back an embroidery hoop (the easy way)

What do you think - would you try my method? Let me know if you do! 

*Please note: this method involves trimming your fabric with scissors; if you would like the option to display your piece in a different way in the future, or if the piece you are working with is an heirloom or very precious, I would recommend using a different method.