Retro Camper Embroidery Hoop Art

Retro Camper Embroidery Hoop Art with Free Pattern

Summer is around the corner! And that means vacation time. Now someday I would love to have a fabulous pink and turquoise retro camper that is all decked out with pretty fabrics and a bunting to roam the country in. Though if it is pink and turquoise and buntinged (totally a word) up, I might be by myself since I’m not sure my husband will set foot in it. A girl can dream though right?

Until then, I’m going to just dream, and make all sorts of things with cute little campers on them – like my new Retro Camper Embroidery Hoop Art!

Sweet Retro Camper Hoop Art

I’m kind of in love with how this turned out. I used the “get out of town” phrase that is on my Kate Spade Knockoff Bag – I thought it went pretty perfect with the little camper.

Get Out of Town Hoop Art

This is not hard to make either. I know it has some sketchy little stitching on it, but that is really easier than it looks. And if you don’t want to do that, you could embroider it by hand, or just leave the stitching off!

Here’s your materials list:

  • One 8″ embroidery hoop
  • fabric for background
  • interfacing or embroidery stabilizer
  • fusible webbing
  • assorted fabrics for camper
  • ribbon or trim for camper
  • pom pom trim for hoop
  • hot glue/gun
  • embroidery thread for stitching
  • disappearing ink marker
  • Retro Camper Pattern

Cut out all your hoop pieces from the pattern and iron fusible webbing onto the back. I just added small strips of webbing to the tops of the bunting pieces, I wanted the ends to be loose so it looked like it was hanging there.

camper hoop pieces

Assemble your hoop:

  1. Remove the fusible webbing backing from all the pieces. Iron the top and bottom of the camper to your background fabric. Iron the wheel in place too.
    Iron a piece of fusible interfacing or stabilizer on the back side of your project. This will make it so your sketchy stitching doesn’t pull the fabric and make it pucker.
  2. Use a free motion foot on your sewing machine and stitch around the edge of the camper and the wheel twice. It’s cuter if your stitching isn’t perfect.
  3. Cut a piece of trim a little wider than your camper. Tuck the ends in and sew in place over the dividing line of the camper.
  4. Iron your window and door (and door window) in place on the camper. I put my window a little higher on the camper than it shows on the pattern – but it would be cute either way. Stitch around the windows and door. Stitch window panes onto the camper window.
  5. Fuse the tops of the bunting pieces in place. Stitch along the tops of the buntings, leaving the ends free so they come off the camper just a little.
  6. Close up of the door so you can see the stitching a little better.

steps for stitching camper hoop

Trace the lettering under the front of the camper with a disappearing ink marker. Embroider the letters with a simple back stitch. (Tutorial here if you need it)

get out of town embroidery

Trim around the edge of the edge of the hoop so there is about 1/2″ of fabric all the way around. Glue the fabric to the inside of the back of the hoop. Glue your pompom trim onto the back side of the hoop as well.

pom pom trim on hoop

If you want, you can finish off the back of the hoop with a circle of felt. This keeps everything nice and tidy looking. And that is it!

Stitched Retro Camper Hoop Art

I have the hoop hanging in my entryway – with my other summery type hoops and some other fun things – I love how cheery it all looks as soon as you walk in the door!

Hoop Gallery Wall

Sweet Caravan Hoop Art

Retro Camper Hoop Art

Do any of you have a little retro camper? Or maybe you’re just crushing on them like me?! Either way I hope you give the hoop a try!

If you want to check out some more fun hoop art – take a look at these:

Hello Sunshine Hoop Art

Simple Stitched Coffee Hoop


  • Reply May 21, 2014


    I am totally in love with this!!! I am the proud co-owner of a 1957 Jewel camper. I love all things retro and camper, so you had me at hello, today!
    Thanks so much for the great tutorial :)

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    Hi Bev,

    Wow! I love it, it’s camptastic!

    I’ve been trying to find old campers to photograph lately, just for the fun of it. I want to make this, but it’s been a long time since I embroidered or crafted for that matter, ha! Your step-by-step makes it look simple though, I think I will try:)

    Thanks ma’am! Di

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    Oh my goodness – I love all of these!! I’m going to have to make one this weekend :)

  • Reply May 21, 2014

    julie fowler

    very cute and what a great idea for some wall candy. thanks for sharing.

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    I have been into little canned ham campers since long before ‘glamping’ was a word. -like 25 + years. I’ve had a couple , & just loved them. This is just too cute!

  • Reply May 21, 2014

    Penny Owings

    My hubby and I are actual campers. I love pink. He loves vintage. This will look darling in our camper! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    I absolutely adore this – it reminds me of our old caravan

  • seriously?? So cute!! Tweeted & pinned :)

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    I SOOOOOO love this…I’m not quite an “embroidress” — but you made it look so easy, I just might have to try it.

  • Reply May 21, 2014


    How cute are these. I picked up a few hoops at a yard sale. Now I know what to do with them. I think I can do it with fabric glue.

  • Reply May 22, 2014

    Selfish Necessities

    Well how cute is this? Would love one of these for a summer studio.

  • Bev- I ADORE your embroidery hoop art. Every single one is beautiful. I’d love to have a collection of them on my sewing studio wall. This one is adorable. Beautiful work. :)

  • Reply May 24, 2014


    Your retro camper is just adorable! You have a great eye to be able to mix and match the fabrics so well. It really is a cute design!

  • Bev, this is too adorable! I just wanted to let you know that your blog is one of my absolute favorites to read! Your photography is beautiful and you have so many wonderful and inspiring ideas. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by embroidery projects, but I’ve decided to finally try my hand at one- you’ve inspired me to do so! Thanks for all of your wonderful, colorful projects! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  • I literally haven’t ever seen anything this cute in my entire life! This is darling!

  • Reply May 25, 2014


    This is so cute!! I LOVE the camper and the little pom poms. Thank you for the pattern!! :)

  • SO super cute, Bev!! I love all the little details you added. One day I want to try your “sketchy” method! Its so fun!

  • Reply May 25, 2014


    I love love love all of your hoop art. Going to have to find time to make one or more of these. The retro camper or caravan as we call them here in Australia is just gorgeous. Thank you for the pattern. Would love to make a patchwork quilt with different styles of retro campers on it.

  • Reply June 22, 2014


    Im so making this today :)

  • Reply August 28, 2014

    Vanessa B

    Adorable!!! Thank You for sharing this :-)

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