Saturday, July 7, 2012

Yo-Yo With A Twist!

A few months ago I was inspired by a craft article on yo-yo's, circles of fabric traditionally made from scraps of cotton and used to embellish and decorate. They were often sewn together as a blanket or pillow cover. I made a few for fun and then got the brain wave to use silk scraps, the colors are brilliant and fabric is wonderful to work with...take a look...

 I used the cork coaster from my coffee table as a pattern. It was handy and turned out to be the perfect size, about 4 1/2 inches across. Fold about 3/4 of an inch over and put in a running stitch.

When you have come full circle, gently pull the thread as tight as you can and knot it off, but don't cut.

*A traditional yo-yo would not have the center or "eye".

The silk is heavier and that is as small as I can gather it together. So I came up with the idea of sewing a 2 inch circle on top, folding the raw edge under as I go.  Don't worry about it looking perfect, they are handmade and are all unique.

 Just be careful...they will take over...

Now the question is, what to make out of them, any suggestions?


  1. How fun...thanks for sharing.
    I think a pillow would be fun. Or a shopping bag?

  2. They are very cute!! I like Carla's idea of putting them on a shopping bag. :-)
    And they sure make a cute photo!

  3. Thanks for the ideas ladies! I never thought of a shopping bag, they really add a nice decoration to just about everything.

  4. Use them as flowers for an applique quilt. My mom made one for Joy when she was little. It has something similar for the 'flower'. I'll have to add a pic of it to fb

    Susan Mc

    1. Oh how cute! In the article I read, they put several together and made a "flower pin". That was really cute too.