Awhile back, Emanuela wanted me to create a tutorial for her on how to create the yo-yo's I posted on my old blog. Emanuela is from Rome, Italy. Isn't the blogging world wonderful? I am amazed at the connections I've made with people all over the globe.
Emanuela...this is for you.
Supplies needed are:
- Sewing thread(I used a cotton thread in cream, but you will want to use a color to match your fabric)
- Very sharp scissors(I like to use a smaller craft scissor)
- Manila folder/cardboard for template
- Compass or any thing round to create various sized circle templates
Cut out templates using your compass. This is not an exact science. Just remember that the finished yo-yo will be about 50% smaller than the template size. My templates are about three inches across and the finished yo-yo is about an inch and a half across.
I don't even trace the circles, I just hold the template up to my piece of fabric and cut. As you can see the edges are not perfect. They are going to be hidden anyway.
Fold over about a 1/8" inch hem and baste around the edge of the fabric.
Start pulling thread to create the ruffling effect. Continue pulling until the ruffles/puckering are taute. Leave the needle on the thread. You are almost done!
Now you want to push the needle and thread through the hole in your yo-yo out through the backside. Continue this and create a stitch in the back and come back through to the front.
Tie off your thread and you are done!
Now sew up a bunch of these in various sizes. You can use them as decorative accents or sew a bunch together to create a tissue box cozy. I have a project in mind for my yo-yo's and will post that as soon as I am done. This is my first tutorial...please let me know if any of the steps are unclear. Yo-yo's are so easy to make and small enough to carry around in a little box that you can make them anywhere.