Step 1: Scrap Buster!
Circle to trace
pencil or other fabric marking tool ( tailor's chalk works well for dark fabrics, or a white colored pencil)
sizing or starch
buttons, trim, jewelry findings
Procedure: Assuming you know some basic sewing skills like running stitch and how to knot thread, it is an easy project.
- Collect a bunch of scraps and iron them- it doesn't work to draw or cut out wrinkled fabric, trust me I've tried it. Or you could use new fabric.
- Select a circle to trace (can, plate, plastic lid or you could make a circle template of thin cardboard), trace the circle on the fabric.
- Cut out circles
Step 2: Sewing
Simple easy- peasy!
And slightly addicting.
I like to gather somewhat as I sew so that the beginning is gathered as evenly as the end. You can adjust the gathering as tight or loose as desired.
I like to put a little circle of a contrasting color/pattern on the inside. Just glue it with a glue stick approximately in the center of your circle.
And then I discovered I could make really little ones...and then I was trying to see how small I could make them...The smallest was using a bottle cap to trace around.
Step 3: Circle Size
- 4 inches or 10 mm in diameter, this makes a yo-yo that is 2-2.5 inches/6.5 mm
- 2.5 inches/ 6.5 mm = 1-1.5 inches 3-4 mm
- 1 inch/ 3 mm = .5 inch/1 mm And yes I did try to make one this size....
Step 4: Earrings, Bracelets
I used sizing (or you could use starch) to slightly stiffen the small circles. This helped them have a rounder shape and made the sewing easier. For the sheer fabrics, starch or sizing is necessary.
I used some earring findings that had a loop with a straight wire. I poked the end through the yo-yo and pulled the loop up to the edge. A pin wire would also work. I chose the loop as I have a tendency to get my earrings caught up in things and I didn't want to pull the pin out accidentally. I sewed the loop down on the inside just for extra safety.
For bracelets I used elastic cord to sew through the yo-yo and some buttons. I also had some decorative trim and used that as a band around my wrist with a button and buttonhole closure.
Step 5: Hand Sewing Can Be Fun!
The best part about yo-yo's for me is that I get to use up some of those little scraps of pretty cloth that I can't bear to throw away, but I don't really have a use for. And I even made yo-yo's from fabric scraps of organza, taffeta and some kind of really sheer fabric. This wouldn't be something I could use for quilts usually, but for this project they're really adaptable. I can see a wall hanging with shear fabric in my future.
I enjoy doing crafts like this and am glad to have a chance to share with the instructables community another simple craft.