My Mother in Law doesn’t get rid of anything. She’s got bins and boxes and a BUILDING full of nic-nacs, odd & ends, family heirlooms and other random stuff (aka junk). Occasionally I benefit from her collecting (aka hoarding according to the Hubs). Recently we were looking for something that the Hubs wanted and I stumbled across an entire dresser stuffed with vintage doilies… My brain started spinning with all the crafty possibilities! I snagged a couple of my favorite ones to put to good use! First up, this absolutely fabulous DIY doily clock!
Don’t worry! My MIL gave me permission to take the doilies 😉 The one that I use in this DIY doily clock was purchased at a thrift store and had no sentimental value. I will get my hands on the “special” ones some day… and I’m going to come up with a worthy project for those. In the mean time, Lets talk about how you can make your own DIY Doily Clock!
Here’s what you need:
9″ Wooden Embroidery Hoop
12″ x 12″ piece of fabric
Sewing Machine & Thread
Glue Gun & Glue
Cardboard (at least a 10″ square)
Step 1: Sew the doily to the fabric. Follow the edge and sew all the way around, making sure that the doily is even and flat. Then go around a few times on the inner sections, be sure to sew close to the center where the clock works will be.
Step 2: Take the inner ring of the embroider hoop and place it on the cardboard. Trace a circle on both sides of the hoop. I angled my pen slightly to make sure that the cardboard would fit inside AND have enough of an edge to glue. Cut out your cardboard circle, around the outer circle. Then carefully cut slits from the edge of the cardboard to the inner circle. Fold the flaps back to the line.
Step 3: Slide the cardboard circle into the inner embroidery hoop. Pull back a few of the flaps and glue in place. Then find the center of of of the circle. Poke a hole and widen it to fit your clock pieces.
Step 4: Place the fabric and doily on top of the center/cardboard piece and center. Gently slide the outer embroidery hoop over it. Tighten it, and carefully tug on the fabric to tighten and center the doily as needed.
Step 5: Using the scissors, poke a hole through the centered cardboard hole and into the fabric. Widen enough to just fit the clock works. Trim the corners of the fabric off.
Step 6: Run a 3″ line of hot glue along the edge of the of the folded cardboard, push the fabric into the glue and tuck as necessary. Repeat all the way around to secure the access fabric to the back.
Step 7: Add your clock works! I just ordered one off of amazon, but it didn’t come with instructions :s Fortunately my Father-in-Law is a clock making/fixing genius and he helped me put the pieces together in less than 5 minutes! I’m sure I could have figured it out on my own… but hey! He’s right next door, so why not get his help?!?! 😀
Now, find the perfect spot and hang your favorite new creation! A pretty DIY doily clock will add a little vintage charm to any room in your home.
I couldn’t be happier with the way my DIY Doily Clock turned out! It was exactly what this little wall space needed and I can’t help but stare at it a little 🙂 Its just so danged pretty!!