How to Make a Clock for Your Sewing Room
I am in the process of reorganizing my sewing/craft/work, etc. room and one of the things that I wanted to add was a clock. I searched and searched the internet, but didn’t find anything that appealed to me. I wanted a clock that was fun, functional, and sewing room related, so I decided to make one of my own design. In this tutorial, I will share the steps about how to make my clock, so you can also make one of your own. The only real issues that I had were trying to settle on the final design, but I finally got to a design that I was happy with. If you choose to make one of your own, don’t be afraid to use your imagination to get the look and feel of the clock that suits your own personality. So, without further ado, tick tock, let’s make a clock!!!
Paper plate – to put your paint on
Water container – to rinse your brushes in
Brushes – ½” straight and a ½” angled
Paint – FolkArt – French Blue #639; Burnt Umber #1618; Sunflower #4018; Baby Pink #1611
Wood letters – I used 1 ½” letters that I had in my stash. If you have a Cricut, you can cut letters from one of your cartridges.
DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze – to use on any embellishment that you would like to make shiny and give extra texture to
Lace ribbon – to make a frame around your canvas. I just used some that I had in my stash.
Stretched art canvas – mine is 8” X 24”
Fabric piece – enough to cover and stretch over the back frame of your canvas
Light tack masking tape or painter’s tape – 1” width
Sheet of tracing paper
Embroidery hoop – choose a size that is the size that you want your clock face
Thread that matches your fabric
Numbers – 1 through 12 or something else theme related to your clock – I used sewing charms from BohemianFindings on Etsy; she is wonderful to deal with.
Clock mechanism for 1/8” surfaces
Clock mechanism – I purchased the one for 1/8” surfaces
Battery – get the size that will fit your clock mechanism
Rotary cutter or scissors – to cut your fabric
Ruler – to measure your fabric and to use as a guide when cutting your fabric
Cutting mat – to lay your fabric on when you cut it with the rotary cutter, so your cutting table doesn’t get cut
Exacto knife – to cut the center hole in your clock face, so you can insert the clock mechanism
Battery – get the size you need for your clock mechanism. Mine took a AA.
Pencil – to trace your circle and mark you numbers
Iron – to iron your fabric
Ironing board – to iron your fabric on
Staple gun – to attach your fabric to your canvas frame
Staples – to put in the staple gun
Hammer – to hammer down any staples that aren’t flush to your frame, after stapling
Cardboard – just enough to fit the back of your canvas
Using your Vagabond, cut out your wood embellishments. Also, cut one fabric muslin partial dress to be put over your dress form.
If you are using your Cricut to cut your wood letters for your phrase, cut them now; otherwise, gather your letters for your phrase together with your other wood embellishments.
Paint your wood embellishments and let them dry.
After your paint is dry, if you want to add some depth and shininess to any of your wood embellishments, use your glaze to paint them. I only used glaze on the top of my buttons and the stand part of my dress form. Set aside to dry.
While you are waiting, cut your fabric for your canvas. Make sure you cut your canvas big enough to wrap around the frame of your canvas. If your fabric has a pattern, make sure you cut accordingly.
Next, center your canvas on the right side of your fabric piece and tape along the edges on the fabric to form a tape frame; making sure your tape is straight along each side.
This part is a bit tricky, so take your time – it took me a couple times to get it right, so do one step at a time, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Fold your circle in half, then in half again, and then fold your quarter circle into thirds. Crease your seams and unfold your circle. You should have a circle with 12 sections. If you creases are faint, take your pencil and draw a line on the line of each section, so you don’t lose any of the lines.
Take your circle and place it on your fabric inside the tape frame. Position and pin where you want your clock face to be situated. Pin each pin where you want your numbers.
Set your charms aside on your cardboard in the same order as you are going to sew them.
Get out your embroidery hoop and enclose your pinned paper and fabric within the hoop. Then, thread your needle and hand sew your charms in their respective spots on the inside of your hoop.
When you are done sewing your charms, remove your hoop, carefully tear away your tracing paper, and iron your fabric being careful to not iron the tape.
Next, take your fabric piece and lay centered right side up on your canvas, using your tape as a guide, making sure that your clock face is where you want it.
Now, turn your fabric with the canvas over, so you are looking at the backside of the canvas, then fold your fabric edges over to enclose the frame of your canvas and staple the fabric to the frame, making sure that your fabric is taught and even. When you come to the corners, fold them in like you would when wrapping a present. Remove your tape as you make your folds. *Tip: Pin your fabric to the canvas as you fold, and then go back over with the staple gun. Remember to take out the pins when you are done. If you have any staples that didn’t go in all the way, use your hammer to hammer them in, so that they are flush with your canvas frame.
Turn your clock over, so that it is face up, take out the center pin, and mark the center of your clock with a fabric pen.
Now it is time to get out the cardboard. Measure and cut your cardboard to fit in the back of your frame where your clock face is. You need a piece of card board that will back the entire clock face for stability.
Insert your cardboard piece into the back of your frame behind your clock face and take your Exacto knife and drill a hole through the cardboard, canvas, and fabric that is big enough for your clock mechanism to fit through. Start out small – you can always make it bigger.
Follow the instructions that came with your clock mechanism to put the mechanism together.
You are almost done!!!
Now for the fun part – now is the time to affix your embellishments to the front of your clock. I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion to attach mine.
When you have completed this step and the glue is dry, you have completed your clock. Just insert the battery and hang. Make sure to show it off to your friends and family – they will probably want you to either help them make one for them or want you to make it for them, so have fun, get your creative juices flowing and make yourself and others’ a clock, and remember; everyone needs a clock!!!