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?

5 comments:

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

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

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

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  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

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

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