How To: Cross Stitch Clock

It is always time to stitch, and what’s more fun than a cross stitched clock!

The goal of this tutorial:

  • Turn your Stitchy’ween and Stitchmas from 2023 into a clock. 
  • Use this tutorial to turn ANY stitch you did into a clock. 
  • Give you fun ways, other than frames, to do up your finished stitches.

We will go over step by step how to make these clocks. I will also give some suggestions on where to get the parts you need for these clocks. 

COMING SOON: I will also do this in video form after I move 😉 for now, it is step by step pictures to get you started. 

My Personal Clock Project:

I have created my sample clock with just a blank piece of fabric, as I haven’t stitched anything yet for my own clock. Once I do, I will be sure to add them in here. 

The plan, for my own clocks, is to have a wall in my office with clocks for each of the main “stitchee time zones” so the time zones we have loads of Stitchees in. I want to do a cross stitch with landmarks for each — maybe our Around the World snow globes in some style. So I will have a wall with all of those (hopefully by 2026 haha as I need a house to put them in).

What You Will Need:

Okay, let’s get started on our cross stitch clocks. 

You will need a few thing, and the sizing with depend in you are doing our Stitchy’ween or Stitchmas pieces, or different pieces. 

  • A hoop (size based on your piece) – I like the larger sizes like the 11 inch one. 
  • Your finished piece 
  • Clock guts (or when searching Amazon look for “clock mechanisms”) 
  • Craft foam (or foam board) that is 3/16″ Thick
  • Scissors
  • Glue (hot glue)
  • Some matching floss to fray check our center. 


Step by Steps:

Let’s get this clock put together.

NOTE: I will do this in video form for those that learn better with more visuals, that will be a FlossTube released for May 2024.

Step #1:

First things first, stitch up your design. This works great for our Stitchy’ween 2023 or our Stitchmas 2023. Be sure when you prepare your fabric you make it larger than your hoop so it mounts nicely.

TIP: Stitch this IN the hoop you want to use for your clock, it will save you removing it from one and into another.

Our patterns have a “center” but others can be used as well, just mark off where your center will be. Water soluable markers are very helpful here!

Step #2:

You will want to cut up your foam board to fit inside the back of your hoop. Use the hoop (or another hoop the same size, like I did, to measure).

Cut out the foam board to match the inside of the hoop. It is okay if its slightly smaller as we will hot glue it into place at the end. And cover it (optional).


Step #3:

Once your foam fits inside the back of your hoop, you will want to mark where the center is. You can do this from the front and just mark through the fabric where you want to cut the foam.

Step #4:

Cut the hold through your craft foam. Always double check BEFORE cutting that you are in the right spot to match your fabrics center. Also make sure your clock mechanism sits nicely.

If the “border” on your pattern is larger cut the foam closer to the size of the clock piece so it sits in there snuggly. Add a few dabs of hot glue to the foam to secure the clock mechanism to it.

Step #5:

Time to cut the center part of fabric. This part you will want your tiny scissors for accurate cuts.

Some of the designs may be larger “border stitching” than the hole needed. So cut the hole smaller, so it matches the actual clock piece, rather than a large hole which will show craft foam. The clock mechanism will fit in about a 3 x 3 square at 18 count.

Use a matching floss to back stitch around this square, one square away. This is just a quick back stitch to secure from fraying. So this would be a 4 x 4 square, and then cut the 3 x 3 square out of the center.



Step #6:

Now you will assemble the foam (with clock mechanism) behind the hoop, and it should go through this new hole you made in your fabric. Add a few dabs of hot glue to the hoop AWAY from the fabric just to lightly secure the foam to it. 

Step #7:

Once you are satisfied with the finish of it, you can trim off any excess fabric. Do this as close to the hoop as possible. 

OPTIONAL ADDITION: You can also add a piece of fun colored cotton fabric to the back, cut it to the size of the hoop. To add it on simple dab a line of hot glue around the hoop edge and add that fabric.