For this activity book page, I integrated a clock as a pocket watch so that I could incorporate buttons somewhere in the book.
What time is it?
Practice buttoning and unbuttoning.
I’m a relative sewing novice, so I learned some new terms: polo shirt placket and welt pocket; and it was my first time making any type of pocket and buttonholes. The buttonholes were particularly intimidating because of all the extra foreign hardware that was involved. Luckily, I still have the original sewing manual from the machine (and its button-making hardware) that I inherited from my mother.
This page had to incorporate some cotton fabric because felt would have added too much bulk. For the inside of the pocket, I used the fabric that I’m planning to use for the book cover and had to remove the welt pocket (felt) flap.
I created a template for the numbers (download below) that I traced and used to embroider using the tracing paper method. While embroidering, the white clock face was reinforced with a stiff interface.
I wanted to reinforce the clock face even further so I added a piece of recycled paperboard. The clock arms were reinforced with paperboard as well. Instead of ribbon, I used jewelry chain that is sold by the yard because it has a nicer quality to it.
Felt, fabric, sewing thread, buttons, brass fastener, interfacing, batting, yarn, jewelry chain, recycled paperboard
Number of cut pieces: 9
Colors used: apple green, goldenrod, white, dark brown
INSPIRATIONS / REFERENCES
In adapting the pocket watch pattern from here, I created a new template for the white clock face (a larger cutout) with a traceable template for embroidering numbers of the clock face.
Download pocket watch template.
Polo Shirt Placket Tutorial
Sewing Welt Pockets