Handsewing: Yo-Yo’s

25 May

Here is my first Pinterest-inspired and completed project! I came across “yo-yo” quilting and was intrigued. All those tiny hand-sewn little circles sewn together one by one, the perfect project to work on while watching t.v. and relaxing!

I picked up 1/4 yard of a few coordinating colors and found a nifty yo-yo “maker”.This little gadget saves time, as you don’t have to trace a ton of circles and then cut them out- you can just pop your fabric in between the discs, then cut around the edge leaving a small seam allowance. Sew through the disc’s sewing guide openings all around  then pop out your nearly finished yo-yo.

I made about 30 of these when I decided this would never be a quilt. So on a subsequent trip to the fabric store I picked up a pillow form and some brown fabric, made a pillow cover, and appliqued a block of 6×6 yo-yo’s to my new throw pillow.

I’ve seen tons of projects made with yo-yo’s; pillows, table runners, coverlets, etc. People have even shaped them into butterflies and hearts, in all sizes, with or without the yo-yo maker. Even though I gave up on making a whole yo-yo quilt for now, this was an incredibly satisfying hand-sewing project.

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3 Responses to “Handsewing: Yo-Yo’s”

  1. pillowsalamode July 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    That is GORGEOUS!!! 🙂

  2. Helen August 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    hey, you’ve got some cute ideas and great posts! Keep it up 🙂 Its been a while since you’ve written anything. Hope to see a new post soon, looking forward to seeing some new projects 🙂

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