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Monday, May 14, 2012

Button Clock

Here's the tutorial on my button clock I was promising
I went to our local fabric store and got some burlap, lace, clock mechanism, 

and an embroidry hoop. I already had the ribbon on hand.

I knew what buttons I wanted to use for the main numbers. I had a Cameo button from long ago that I wanted to use for the 12. When I got these nice buttons from my SuzQ, my button swap partner, I knew I wanted to use these for the 3, 6, and 9.
You know how some clocks don't have any other numbers on them. Well I debated whether or not to do that, and decided I needed more buttons. So, I dug around in my stash, and laid everything out. 
First I measured out my burlap to fit the hoop and then measured where the numbers should go and sewed on the buttons. This was the hardest, as the clock mechanism did not have a templet. I just had to use another clock and eyeball it. It's not perfect, but pretty close.

The next part was pretty tricky. Adding the clock component. There were no instructions so I had to play around with it. I poked a hole in the middle of the burlap, and poked the clock through, and added the hands. On the back I tied the component to the hoop adjustment on the top, looping some ribbon for hanging. I had to play with it a little, but eventually, I got the look I wanted.

After sewing on the buttons, and making sure the clock was in place, I made sure the fabric was in the hoop straight and smooth. I then trimmed the burlap some more, hot glued the lace to the back, and tied a bow around the adjuster on top of the hoop.
There you have it. Like I said, the hand are too small, so I will be looking around for some bigger hands. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I did spray paint the hands black so they would show up better.  Other than that, I love it, and it will go very nicely with the headboard I painted from 
ugly brass
to black.


  1. I think your design is the most brilliant! Love the clock idea and using burlap is a a favorite! Totally cool project with buttons!

  2. How cute is that?! what a fantastic idea ... LOVE it

  3. Oh my mom would have loved your clock!!! You did a wonderful job! Love the buttons you chose!!! Especially those black ones.

    1. Did you see what I made with the rest of the buttons you sent? It's the next post after this one.