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.


17 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

Heidi Kuijer said...

Just made my own version of your clock and love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

Greetings from Holland,
Heidi

Jantine said...

This is really brilliant! I loved the clock already but seeing this... I have to get one ;-)

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