Materials:- 5 embroidery hoops
- 5 clock kits
- 5 pieces of fabric (about 1/2 yard per clock)
- Scrap cardboard pieces
- 1 AA battery
- Optional: decorative thumbtacks
- Exacto knife
- Hot glue gun
For our set of clocks, we went with a bold combination of bright fabrics, all found in the outdoor fabrics section of our local JoAnn’s.
Loosen the screw at the top of your embroidery hoop to separate hoops. Lay the smaller hoop on your fabric and draw a circle about 2 inches larger than the hoop. Cut out the circle and then iron it to get out any wrinkles.
Place your fabric in between the two hoops, as if you’re about to embroider. Use scissors to trim off any excess fabric. Tighten the screw at the top to keep everything in place.
To create support for your clock kit, measure out two strips of cardboard that will fit into the back of the hoop creating an X-shape. Be sure that the cardboard is firmly wedged into your hoop. Use a ruler to mark the center, and then use an exacto knife to cut a hole through the cardboard (all the way through the fabric).
Use a pen to mark where your cardboard lines up on the inside of the hoop. Take the cardboard out of the hoop and press your clock kit through the center of the cardboard. Now place it through your fabric.
Line the cardboard back up with your marks and secure it in place with hot glue. Flip over, and push the fabric down around the center of clock so a little of the gold part is showing.
If this all seems confusing, just follow the diagram on the back of the clock it; it’s very easy, we promise. Don’t forget to put in the battery!
The last thing to deal with is those pesky numbers! We didn’t like the look of the adhesive numbers that came with our clock kit so we substituted thumbtacks and marked where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 numbers would be. Simply press each thumbtack through and use needle nose pliers to secure on the other side.
DIY : Turn an Embroidery Hoop into a Clock
Reviewed by Justin Jamil