Friday, 23 November 2012

A stitch in time… from an embroidery hoop to a clock

Trouble keeping track of the time? This DIY embroidery hoop wall clock is a must have for every sewing enthusiast.

You’ll need:
  • scrap fabric about 2.5 cm wider on all sides than your embroidery hoop
  • embroidery hoops  (the pink one is 17.8cm (7 inches) wide and the small wooden one is 7.7cm (3 inches) wide – it was a tight squeeze)
  • foam core scrap
  • craft knife
  • rotary cutter or sharp scissors for trimming fabric
  • writing instrument
  • cutting mat
  • spray adhesive
  • clock kit
  • chopstick
Begin by tracing the inner loop of your embroidery hoop on foam core. Trim circle with craft knife. Verify circle fits in inner hoop snuggly - a little loose is fine too.
Apply spray adhesive to the back of the scrap fabric and center the disc-shaped foam core on the sticky side.
Identify center point of foam core/fabric piece, poke hole with the scissors or knife - You will be inserting the clock pieces through this hole, so compare size of clock kit post with your hole, enlarge hole until the clock post easily goes through. The chopstick works very well to create a gradual increase in size so that you don’t offshoot your mark.
On the backside of the fabric/foam core piece, place the inner embroidery hoop and mark the circular edge from where you will trim the excess fabric (while manhandling, be considerate of your time pieces as they bend easily).
Load clock components as pictured on package and add the battery.
Trim fabric with a rotary cutter or scissors and tighten the embroidery hoop.
Hang and admire
Note: The clock components will protrude from the back of the embroidery hoop. Your clock will therefore hang from the clock kit, not the top of the embroidery hoop, so you should take care to line up the clock-kit when mounting to fabric.

Visit the Charm Stitch Blog and your local Fabric and Textile Warehouse for more for more creative craft ideas.

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