Thursday, December 8, 2011

Making Yo-Yo's

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Making Yo-Yo's

Yo-yo's are so easy!  And they are great for making holiday decor!  You can glue a few together from large to small, making a slinky Christmas tree.  You can stuff them before pulling closed and you will have some berries, a nose for a stuffed animal, or an added dimension to holiday quilts.

The possibilities are endless!

The technique for making yo-yo's is also great for hand gathering the center of items or making a little ruffle by hand.

1.  Cut a circle.  
2.  Thread a needle.
3.  About 1/4" from the edge of the outside, place the needle and thread.  Move the needle in and out of the fabric an equal amount each time creating a running stitch.
4.  When the needle is full, pull the thread through until the knot reaches the fabric. 
5.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you get back to where you started. 
6.  Pull the thread until your circle closes.   
7.  And that's it, stuff if desired, if not, tie off and tada! 

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