Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Waverize It! Challenge Creation: A Fabric Mantel Clock

Today I'm happy to share a new project AND a fabric contest for you!  I was asked if I'd like to participate in the Waverize It! Blogger Challenge from Waverly fabric and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.   A chance to test my sewing muscles and inspire others for a new contest?  Of course I said yes.  Jo-Ann sent send me two yards of new Waverly fabric to use in a unique sewing project.  So I set about to sew something out of the ordinary: my Fabric Mantel Clock.

My clock is made from sewn fabric, but has a real clock face and working mechanism inside:

The Waverly home decor fabric that arrived had a soft sateen finish and a scrolling floral design.  It seemed perfect for a tambour style clock to sit on a mantel or shelf. 

And for practicality, I put a zipper along the back seam, so it's easy to change the battery in the clock mechanism when needed.  You've got to have form AND function, right?

To make my clock, I drafted up a curved tambour-shaped pattern and cut panels from my fabric: 2 matching pieces for the front & back, a long piece that would make up the curved top and a rectangle for the bottom.  

I adhered fusible stabilizer on the wrong sides of the front, back & bottom panels.  This added support for the clock hardware and to help retain the clock's signature shape when stuffed.  I sewed the bottom of the main panels to the base piece (including the zipper on the back seam) and then sewed the curved edges to the top fabric strip.  After clipping the curves of the seam allowance, and turning it right side out, the clock was taking on its proper form:

I painted an unfinished wood plaque white and added clock numerals when dry. 

I clipped a centered hole in the front of my fabric clock case and inserted the clock mechanism inside.  The shaft came through to the outside so I could place it through the wood face and screw on the clock hands.

I stuffed the clock with fiberfill to fill it out and give it weight to support itself.  Then just zipped it closed.  For added detail I hand stitched decorative satin cording along the seam edges.

All that was left was to set the time and my clock was ready to display:

To celebrate Waverly's 90th Anniversary, and September being National Sewing Month, Jo-Ann and Waverly are having a Waverize It! Facebook Contest you can enter.  They'd like to see what great creations consumers can sew up and are offering some great crafty prizes.  Just click HERE to get more info on how to enter.

I'm also sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES.
Click HERE to check them out!

I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received 2 yards of fabric from Jo-Ann and Waverly.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For my complete disclosure policy, click here. 


  1. Wow! This is amazing! I love it!

  2. Wow, this is really cute! I would never think of using fabric for a clock!

  3. This is so amazing! Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your clock!! How amazingly creative!! Fantastic job Cheryl!!

  5. This is a beautiful clock---elegant, decorative, and functional all at the same time. I absolutely love it, Cheryl!!!!

  6. Wow! I would've never thought of anything like that! Great job!

  7. Wow! A functioning clock softie!! Brilliant!! I've linked to your post over at Craft Gossip:

  8. This is adorable Cheryl! Love it! : )

  9. Cheryl this is beautiful. What a fantastic job you did! Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday favorite Things Blog hop.

  10. This is so pretty! =)
    Stopping by from "Thursday Favorite Things"!

  11. What an intriguing idea. I have two old vintage wooden clocks in this style that I've carried to all my houses over the years and I love them. But this would be a grand idea for one that is too damaged or for extra ones in other rooms. Thank you.

  12. Love what you've done with clock and so creative.

    Thanks for sharing at the BeBetsy Brag About It. http://bebetsy.com Hope to see you next week with another great project.

    Sharon and Denise ♥

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  13. So cute Cheryl!! LOVE the fabric choice!! I would be thrilled if you have the chance to share this at our new Fall DIY Challenge if you haven't already- today we are linking up BLUE projects - old or new! Hop over to The Happy Housie to share yours! Hope to see ya there!

    - Krista

  14. What a fabulous project Cheryl! Definitely a unique sewing project!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. This is such a great idea and a fantastic tutorial - thanks for sharing it :)

    Found your blog via the Calling All Crafters Monday linkup :)

  16. What a cute idea! I love the pattern you chose. I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-28.html

  17. What a creative and unique project. Such a great idea. I will be featuring this tomorrow night at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  18. Cheryl this is awesome! I love your fabric choice. Neat idea!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Get Your DIY On this week. Next week's theme is Fall Wreaths, I hope you'll join us!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  19. Cheryl, you amaze me! Fabulous! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/09/anything-blue-friday-week-25.html Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. Turned out great, looks amazing :)

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays last week, featuring and pinning this week at the hop...

  21. Congrats on winning the contest! Theresa @DearCreatives

  22. Thanks Theresa! I'm so thrilled and proud my clock won - such a great start to the weekend:)

  23. Love it. Thanks so much for showing us "how to".


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