Monday, July 01, 2013

The Patchwork Clock - Ikea Hack

The first ever patchwork that I did was helping my mum out with a hexagon quilt, back in the days when she was starting to learn too.  Ever since then, I have a special place in my heart for the six-sided shape, especially when combined with pretty fabrics.



So on my latest trip to Ikea, when I saw this clock, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.



Each of the hexagons come separate and can be clipped on so that you can choose your own final shape.



With a bit of Mod Podge glue, I covered each shape with quilting fabric.  Initially I folded the fabric around the edge but found that the didn't fit so well together by doing this.



I then trimmed the edges with a sharp pair of scissors and spread another layer of Mod Podge over the top, making sure I got the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.


It was then simply a matter of clipping the bits together and hanging on the wall.



I still have some pieces left over.  I found I didn't like how the dark grey and black showed through the fabrics.  Once we get a fine day again, I'm going to spray paint those pieces white, cover them in some more fabric and make the clock bigger.

I'm really pleased with the result, especially for a single evenings' work.


15 comments:

Hot Fudge said...

How clever are you! Thank you for sharing your how-to-make instructions for your delightful clock. I feel a trip to Ikea coming on.

chris said...

Looks great!

Red Hen (dette) said...

what a great idea. I think i'll have to do one for my classroom

Kyo Modern said...

What a great work! I want one too.

reread said...

Cool .. Way to spruce up some IKEA click clack!

lerusisik said...

What a brilliant idea! I´ve bought the clock too and I want to make something like yours. Thank you very much for an inspiration!

ChingyPingy said...

Ooooh! I want to make one too!

Anna said...

Such a great idea. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this! I follow Ikea Hacker and want to make one so bad. I don't quilt, but I scrapbook and this will be great in my scrapbook room where I REALLY need a clock.
Thanks!

Rachel said...

That's BEAUTIFUL! What a fun way to display favorite fabric. I just clicked over from IKEA Hack and I would love to link o this in the Daily DIY if you didn't mind.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

oh i haven't seen this in Ikea, i obviously need to go! thanks (arrived here via Ikea hacker, now off to see the rest of your blog)

Ms. D said...

Love it, I may have to knock off your idea for my living room. It looks better than the original plastic clock.

John Rozer said...

What a brilliant idea! I have bought the clock too and I want to make something like yours.
We deal with Patchwork Fabric in Australia and a one stop solution of all kinds of scrapbooking supplies in Australia.

lindasteller said...

I made one too. Come see it on my blog: lindasteller.wordpress.com I told everyone I got the idea from you in the first post I made about the clock. Thank you so much for the awesome idea!

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Love your blog and this project - so creative and fun and I LOVE hexagons! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of clock re-dos and makeovers here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

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