The trouble with jumping on the hexy EPP bandwagon is that you start seeing hexagons everywhere – the tile on bathroom floors, road signs, honeycombs, and most recently… a picture of a clock in the new Ikea catalog.
(Smycke Wall Clock, image from Ikea.com)
This clock! Oh man, it isn’t just a hexagon decorated wall clock. the hexagons are REMOVABLE, and can be re-arranged any way your little hexy-lovin’ heart desires. Of course, the colors were a little too “Lego” for my taste.
… but it was nothing a little fabric couldn’t fix. Fabric makes everything better.
In this case, fabric makes it way… way… better.
how to hack it
- Smycke Wall Clock
- Phoomph Fabric Bonding Sheets (2-3 sheets), or some other double-sided adhesive sheets (I used the Phoomph sheets because they are designed to stick to fabric and the thickness of the Phoomph masks the color of the hexagon plastic.)
- fabric – (The fabric line used in this project is LillyBelle by Bari J.)
- art knife and cutting mat
Step 1: Attach fabric to the loose hexagons
To attach fabric to a loose hexagon, cut out a square(ish) of Phoomph just a bit larger than the hexagon (Figure A). Remove the paper backing on one side to reveal the adhesive and stick it to the wrong side of the fabric (Figure B). Remove the second paper side and stick the hexagon smooth side onto the Phoomph (Figure C.) Use the art knife to trim off the extra Phoomph and fabric (Figure D and E). Repeat to cover all 28 loose hexagons.
This method results in nice clean edges on each of the loose hexagons but it won’t work for the hexagons on the clock face.
Step 2: Attach fabric hexagons to clock face
To cover the six hexagons on the clock face, cut out hexagons from the Phoomph using a loose hexagon as a template (Figure F above). Stick a Phoomph hexagon to the wrong side of the fabric, trim down the fabric to match the shape of the Phoomph, and then the fabriced Phoomph onto a hexagon on the clock face.
Step 3: Attach all the pieces
Now all that remains is the fun task of arranging the fabric covered hexagons…
…and then attaching them to the clock face using the connectors from the Smycke clock kit.
It’s almost as fun as Legos…
…but much prettier.
Hi Jodi, this is AWESOME!!!! I lOVE IT. My brain is scanning my fabric library in my head – no – need a new charm pack. I need to go to ikea!
Have fun! and share pics!
It’s beautiful, Jodi! Love it!
Thank you and thank you for sharing on Makezine!
Jessica @ Dear Emmeline says
great idea! love that fabric collection!
You are a genius. The end.
Jess @ Quilty Habit says
Omg. I think I’ve convinced my husband to buy this clock. Lol!
Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says
It’s so pretty, Jodi! I think this is a fabric project that even I can handle! LOVE!
You can cover the clock face. on the front you see the hex nut? take that loose, there maybe a nut under each of the hands as well. It is just the same as you would find at a hobby store. easy to take apart and put back together. In fact you could buy the clockworks at the hobby store cheap, get cardboard(cereal boxes or the like); cut, cover and piece the same as paper piecing (except leave the cardboard in). And you would have the same clock but much cheaper. play to your hearts content.
Mel the Crafty Scientist says
Love your blog and this project – so creative and fun and I’m a BIG fan of 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
Ann Johnson says
Jodi, I made a hexagon clock using your great idea and Connecting Threads fabric. You can see the result in my blog posting today on our staff Notions blog –
Thank you so much for the inspiration!! Ann
LOVE LOVE this idea! Already ordered my clock- ready to make it cute! Did you use the soft or stiff phoomph? And you only needed 2-3 sheets? Thanks!
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How did I miss this when you posted it?? Genius, simply genius and awesome.