Saturday, August 20, 2011
Simple Yo-yo Directions
Several people contacted me after the last post I did for Creative Charms to say that they did not know how to make a fabric yo-yo (click HERE to see the original post). I thought I'd share a few photos to show how I made the yo-yo behind this sticker.
I started with a circle of sparkly netting cut at about 3 1/2 inches. The circle size you start with should be about twice the diameter of the size you want for your finished yo-yo.
Thread a needle with strong thread and make a running stitch all around the edge of the circle. A running stitch is just an easy in and out stitch. Be sure to cut the thread long enough to sew around the edge and have some thread left to pull. Try to keep the stitch length fairly uniform to produce that prettiest folds in the gathering. With netting the needle will go in and out easily and you should soon have a little pouch like this.
Draw up the edges to complete the circle and tie several knots to hold the gathers in place.
Then flatten the netting into a neat circular shape. Be sure the threads are knotted tightly and cut off the excess thread. Use your fingers to arrange the gathers for an attractive circle shape.
I usually make a group of these once I get started. You can add many things to cover the center. Buttons look cute and flowers or stickers and other embellishments can hide the centers. If you are very tidy when you sew, you will just see a gathered edge and you don't really need to add something to cover the center.
These are fast and fun to make. It is nice to keep some fabric circles precut and ready to go and to bring a little bag of pieces along to work on when you are traveling.
I had company for the day on Friday and we have house guests that arrived Friday night so this is just a quick (and, I hope, helpful) post. Have a wonderful weekend - we had thunderstorms and hail here (!) but the forecast for the next day or so doesn't look too bad...
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