Episode 708

stephanie chan

Good Timing by Stephanie Chan

Make a cuddly clock pillow to introduce the concept of telling time to little ones in a fun, simple way.

stephanie chan


1/2 yard of print cotton fabric

1/3 yard of white cotton twill fabric

1/4 yard each of 2 coordinating solid or small print cotton fabrics

1/2"-diameter covered button kit

Matching all-purpose thread

Rotary cutting system

Double-sided paper-backed fusible web

Removable fabric marker

Spray starch

11" square of tear-away stabilizer

Polyester fiberfill

Hand sewing needle

Seam sealant (optional)

Cut It

Download the Good Timing templates for the clock numbers and hands here. Print, and then cut out each template according to the directions.

From the print fabric, cut two 18" squares for the pillow front and back.

From the white fabric, cut one 11" square for the clock face.

From one solid fabric, cut two 6"x8" rectangles for the clock hands. From the coordinating solid fabric, cut two 8"x12" rectangles for the clock hands.

From the fusible web, cut one 6"x8" rectangle, one 11" square and one 8"x12" rectangle.

Prep It

Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the small fusible-web rectangle to one small fabric-rectangle wrong side. Remove the paper backing, and then fuse the remaining small fabric-rectangle wrong side to the exposed fusible side, creating a fabric sandwich. Repeat to fuse the large fusible-web rectangle and large fabric rectangles.

Using a removable fabric marker, trace each hand template onto one fabric-sandwich side; cut out. Topstitch each hand perimeter. Mark a 3/4" vertical buttonhole 1/8" from each clock-hand straight end (1).


Stitch an automatic buttonhole along the mark; use a seam ripper to cut open the buttonhole. To prevent fraying, apply seam sealant to the buttonhole cut edges. Spray each clock hand front and back with spray starch. Let dry several hours or overnight. Reapply spray starch until the hands stand up without flopping over while holding them; set aside.

Using a covered button kit and a leftover fabric scrap, create one covered button; set aside.

Fuse the fusible-web square to the white fabric-square wrong side; leave the paper backing intact. Using a removable fabric marker, draw a 10 1/2"-diameter circle onto the fabric right side. Mark the circle center, and then mark the circle into four quadrants to denote the 12, 3, 6 and 9 placements (2). This is the clock face; set aside.


Fuse the large fusible-web rectangle to one large fabric rectangle. Leave the paper backing intact. With each number template right side down, trace each number onto the paper backing, and then cut out through all layers.

Peel off the paper backing from number 12, 3, 6 and 9. Position the applicable number fusible side down onto the marked circle, 1/2" from the perimeter along each quarter mark (3). Press lightly with your hand to temporarily secure the numbers. Peel off the paper backing from the remaining numbers and position them equidistantly in order between the 12, 3, 6 and 9, 1/2" from the circle perimeter (4). Fuse the numbers to the clock face.



Sew It

Designate one print-fabric square as the pillow front. Fold the front into quarters; press to mark the square center, and then unfold. Peel off the paper backing from the clock face.

TIP: Use two coordinating print cotton fabrics for the pillow front and back.

With both right sides facing up, align the clock-face and pillow-front center; fuse (5).


Position the stabilizer square behind the clock face. Set the machine for a 5mm-wide, .5mm-long satin stitch. Stitch the clock-face perimeter. Carefully tear away the remaining stabilizer.

TIP: Instead of satin stitching the clock-face perimeter, topstitch rickrack to the edge for another decorative element.

Place the short hand over the long hand with both right sides facing up, aligning the buttonholes. Insert the covered button shank through both buttonholes (6). Hand stitch the button to the clock-face center mark.


Position the pillow back over the pillow front with right sides together; pin the perimeter. Stitch the perimeter using a 5/8" seam allowance, leaving a 5" opening along the lower edge for turning.

Clip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Press the seams flat. Stuff the pillow with fiberfill. Hand stitch the opening closed using a slipstitch or ladder stitch.

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