Make telling the time fun with these cute animal wall hangings designed by Esme Clemo

Cat and dog kids' clocks

These floppy-eared kids’ clock designs make time-telling fun

For each clock, you will need:

Finished size: 20cm diameter

✤ 35 x 35cm turquoise or pink cotton fabric
✤ Scissors and pins
✤ Matching cotton thread
✤ Embroidery thread in dark brown, lime green, bright pink, mustard yellow, purple, light blue, magenta, dark green, navy, bright yellow, lilac, red, blue and yellow
✤ Vanishing fabric marker
✤ 20cm embroidery hoop
✤ Embroidery scissors
✤ Embroidery needle
✤ Yellow or green spray paint
✤ Thick cardboard and pencil
✤ Clock quartz movement and clock hands
✤ Hand-sewing needle
✤ Pink or turquoise ribbon

Stockists Free Spirit cotton fabric in Paradise Blue and Pink, £2.35 each for ¼m, The Cotton Patch (0121 702 2840;; analogue medium-length clock-hand set, £1.59, and clock quartz movement, £5.99, both Maplin (0333 400 9500;; PlastiKote Twist & Spray paint in Luscious Green and New Yellow, £7.49 for 400ml each (0844 736 2235;; embroidery threads, 90p each, and embroidery hoop, £2.50, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400;

Making the ears

Enlarge the ear templates below and cut out four ears for each clock from the fabric.

Pin two ears right sides together and machine-sew with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn right sides out and repeat to create a pair of ears.

For the cat: Sew a running stitch around the edge with two strands of green embroidery thread and press.

For the dog: Fold the ear tips down and press in place.

Making your template

Photocopy our photo of the clock face and enlarge it so it measures 20cm across.

Trace the embroidery design and centre of the clock hands on to your fabric using a vanishing fabric marker.

Cat and dog kids' clock template

Use our template to make the ears

Embroidering the fabric

1 Place the fabric within the embroidery hoop and stitch the traced numbers in chain stitch for the cat or stem stitch for the dog, using two strands of embroidery thread. For each number, use a different colour of embroidery thread.

2 To stitch the animal faces, use two strands of dark brown embroidery thread to satin stitch the nose and eyes, and backstitch a mouth and cat’s whiskers. For the dog’s cheeks, use four strands to create the French knots.

3 Remove the fabric from the embroidery hoop and press lightly on the reverse.

Painting the hoop and clock hands

1 Working in a well-ventilated area, spray the outer embroidery hoop and clock hands in yellow for the dog and green for the cat.

Apply a few thin coats, waiting for each to dry completely before applying the next coat.

2 Allow the hoop and hands to dry for 48 hours.

Making the clock

1 Draw around the inside of the inner embroidery hoop on to some thick cardboard and cut out with scissors.

2 Place the embroidered fabric in the embroidery hoop and tighten the screw to secure.

3 Put the cardboard circle into the back of the embroidery hoop to sit against the fabric. Push a pin through the centre of the clock face and cardboard to mark the centre, enlarging the hole slightlywith a pencil.

4 Push the clock’s movement shaft through the back of the cardboard and fabric. Attach the clock hands on to the front of the clock face, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

5 Trim the excess fabric on the reverse of the embroidery hoop to 2.5cm. Using a hand-sewing needle and matching thread, sew a running stitch all the way around the edge of the remaining fabric, pull taut and secure the thread end.

6 Position the ears on the reverse of the hoop and hand-sew to the excess fabric.

7 Loop a length of matching ribbon through the embroidery hoop screw, and use it to hang your clock.

Esme’s Tip

Blanket stitch a circle of felt to the reverse of the clock to neaten up the back, but don’t forget to cut out a square for the clock movement so you can replace the batteries.

Stitch Guide

French Knot

Bring the thread up through the fabric, hold it with thumb and first finger and wrap it around the needle once or twice. Still holding the thread firmly, insert the needle close to the point where it emerged and pull the thread taut to create a knot on the surface.

French knot

Stem Stitch

Working from left to right, bring the needle up at the end of the line and make a short stitch. Bringing the needle up again, adjacent to the first stitch and halfway down its length, make another short stitch.

Repeat to make a line of stem stitches in this way.

Stem stitch

Satin Stitch

Following the outline of the shape, work straight stitches close together. Keep the tension even and stitches close for a smooth, flawless finish with no background fabric visible.

Satin stitch


Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric a stitch length in front of where the stitching will begin.

Take a stitch backwards, then bring the needle up again a stitch length in front of the original entry hole and draw the thread through. Take another backwards stitch and repeat to create a line of backstitch.


Chain Stitch

Bring the needle to the front of the fabric at the end of the stitching line and reinsert at the same point, but do not pull taut.

Bring the needle to the front of the fabric a stitch length along, looping the thread around the needle tip.

Pull the thread through, reinsert the needle at the same point again and repeat to create a row of chain stitches.

Chain stitch

Running stitch

Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric, insert the needle back into the fabric a short distance away and then bring it back up again, leaving a similar gap.

Repeat to make a line of stitches.

Running stitch