Embroidery hoops are popping up everywhere – fun stitched hoops add color and fun to your walls, and are simple to make. Plus, embroidery is a great portable project for waiting in the carpool line, at the doctor’s office, or just to work on in the evenings in front of the TV. I thought it would be fun to stitch out a quote, then turn that quote into a clock! I love this embroidery hoop clock, and though it took a little bit of effort to make it come together, I love the finished project, so it was well worth it!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Clock

To make the clock you’ll need:
Wooden Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Floss
Thermoweb SpraynBond® Basting Spray
Clock kit (from the craft store)
Marking pencil
Cardboard and glue gun

hoop clock supplies

Start by stitching your quote. I wrote the quote on the fabric, then stitched the outline. It took several hours, but it was easy to do.

stitch quote

To turn the quote into a clock, I wanted to mark the 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the clock face. I decided to do this with felt hearts. I cut out each heart from the felt, used the basting spray to secure them in place, then stitched around the edge.

attach hearts


finished stitching

Once all the hearts were in place, I pulled it out of the hoop. I marked a circle in the center, and cut a second piece of fabric only slightly larger than my hoop. I lay the two pieces right sides together, and pinned just so that they wouldn’t shift.

prepare to add clock

The circle needs to be at least 3/4″ in diameter. Any smaller won’t work for a hoop 12″ or larger. Stitch all around the circle on the sewing machine. This will secure the two fabrics together. You can remove the pins.

stitch circle

Cut an X into the circle.

cut center

Here comes the fun part – pull the backing fabric up through the circle. This will take some patience, some tugging, and a lot of wiggling.

pull fabric through

Once the fabric is through, press well and put back into the hoop. Insert the clock kit as instructed in the kit. Glue cardboard to the back to secure the clock to the frame. Hang your finished clock!


Embroidery Hoop Clock


This is a perfect Mother’s Day gift, teacher or friend gift..or just to let someone know you love them! Change the heart to flowers..the skies the limit!

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