Friday, May 4, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Wall Clock

Check this out!
My very first tutorial!

It was easy to make, so hopefully easy to explain, but let me know if I'm missing something!

Embroidery Hoop Wall Clock
Embroidery Hoop....I believe mine is 9 inches
Clock Mechanism....I bought a 1/4 inch and it worked fine for this thickness
2 pieces of decor weight, iron on interfacing, 12x12 each
Fabric, cut to 12x12
Embroidery Floss

First of all, I painted my embroidery hoop.
I did 2 coats on the edges and outside and one coat on the inside
(If you lay it on wax paper, it won't stick too much, even if you put it down on a wet edge)

While that dries, iron the first piece of interfacing to the back of your fabric.
Iron the second piece onto the first piece, to create a double thickness.

Take the inner circle of the embroidery hoop and trace it onto the back of your fabric.
I used my microwave plate cover (it has a hole in the middle) and laid it on top of the circle, then marked the center of the fabric.

Take a ruler and mark the half way points on all 4 sides of the circle.
 (Paint is still drying!)

Using tiny scissors, cut a hole in the middle large enough to tightly fit the clock mechanism.

I used embroidery floss to sew on my buttons, because I thought the thickness of it would look better then regular thread. So, go ahead and sew on those buttons!

Alright, time to put it all together!

Lay your fabric on top of the inner circle, making sure to keep to the traced line.
Open your embroidery hoop ALL the way (in case you haven't already) and fit it onto the circle.
Insert the screw and tighten it down as much as you can, so that your fabric is pulled taut.

Make sure that everything is where you want it to be, lining up the top of your hoop with your "12".
Now, go ahead and cut away the excess fabric, taking care to cut as close to the back of the hoop as possible.

Put the clock mechanism on, following the directions on the package. Use your tiny scissors to make sure any stray threads (from cutting open the hole) are tucked under the bolt.

Insert the battery and voila, a new clock!

I saw this idea somewhere on the internet and couldn't wait to make it for my sewing room.
It took me awhile to get the clock mechanism, but after that, smooth sailing!
Hope you enjoy!


PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Yay!! Hooray for first tutorial! I've wanted to make one for my sewing room. Now I can!

Anonymous said...

I'm not an expert when it comes to this. Didn't even know this was possible. Useful read, appreciate your posting this.