Saturday, March 7, 2015

Yo-yo projects



My ten-year-old enjoys hand sewing but I am running out of ideas for her. She has done quite a bit of embroidery - but you don't need an endless number of embroidered pillow cases.



Her aunt gave her this Clover yo-yo maker for Christmas. It makes yo-yo-making so simple and she has had so much fun turning fabric scraps into yo-yos.

But then what?



She sewed some of her creations into a rectangle and we are enjoying it in the middle of our dining room table. I suppose we could make a bedsize throw with them but I'm looking for some other idea that would use a lot of yo-yos of random colors.

Do you have any suggestions?

21 comments :

  1. You can thread them onto elastic or stout thread to make dolls or animals ( I have seen clowns and rabbits especially ) often with beads in between the yoyos and a bell at the end for feet, with a stuffed fabric head. I am sure there will be pictures somewhere online, they are very vintage.

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  2. Here is a link with directions for making the little dolls and animals:

    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html

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  3. I LOVE yo-yos! I have a throw made with them, and I've seen them added to garments, as flowers. Maybe she could then embroider stems.

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  4. A lady from our church made a Beautiful full sized cover with them. It is an amazing work of art.

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  5. I've seen vests, curtains, tote bags, throw pillows, bed spreads.....many of these pieces are backed with solid fabric. I have a box full, it's a good hand work project for long car rides, I just haven't decided what to do with them either.

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  6. A DIY on my page? I would love to know how to do these!

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  7. I like covering a plain totebag with them. All the ideas I had already mentioned, the toys etc.

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  8. My Grandaughter (also 10) would really enjoy making yo-yo's too. We'll have to look for the yo-yo maker for sure! Fun to see all the ideas shared.

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  9. http://donnasintheattic.typepad.com/donnas_in_the_attic/2008/08/dawns-yo-yo-project.html

    Pincushion
    http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2013/03/13/making-a-yo-yo-pincushion/

    Doll
    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html

    http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/02/fabric-yo-yos.html
    Can you tell how much I like to make them?

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  10. There so many different ways to use yo-yos here:
    https://www.pinterest.com/graciaadela/yo-yo-crafts/

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  11. What beautiful table mat! Here are some web tutorials:

    http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2008/05/so-sweet-it-makes-my-teeth-hurt.html

    http://vickiodell.com/fabulous-friday-5-wreaths-to-make-for-spring/#sthash.qXGbb9kv.dpbs

    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html

    http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/04/happy-day-liberty-yo-yo-block-doll-quilt/

    http://freshpoppydesign.blogspot.com/2010/09/fabric-bracelets.html

    Also, do a google search for yo-yo Christmas ornaments; there are a lot of free patterns.

    Happy sewing!

    Lorraine

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  12. Just yesterday I have seen a curtain made of fabric and yoyos. It was not symmetrical, in light colors and the fabric was slightly transparent. Unfortunately I cannot find the link again! :( (when I do, I will send it.) But I am sure you will create something beautiful together with your very talented daughter!
    Best wishes!

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  13. I've never seen this before. I think my oldest daughter would enjoy this too. I have never even heard of a yo-yo.

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  14. What a lovely centerpiece. The yo-you can be turned into doors and toys as well. The following websites will take you to two idea pages.
    http://www.mangoandpassionfruit.com/2013/05/agatha-hippo.html#.VPyAQ4b3arW
    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2006/10/how-to-make-yo-yo-friend.html

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  15. Wow! You all have given so many ideas that we won't be looking for any new projects for a long time! Thanks so very much!
    Gina

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  16. One of my friends was given a baby sweater that had tiny yo-yo's added along the hem. A cute way to personalize a baby gift.

    Also I just stumbled upon this tonight and thought of your request. http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/02/fabric-yo-yos.html

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  17. Hi Gina,

    No suggestions on new projects, just a note to let your daughter know that I think she did an AWESOME job on her yo-yo table mat. It is beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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  18. I actually thought in the first picture shared that she had made a throw pillow covering!!!! That looked good with the dark background, maybe for a pillow on a little girl's bed. :)

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  19. I was wondering where you can get a yo yo maker I think my granddaughter would love one thanks everyone. I love the project your daughter has made.

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    1. You can buy it at many craft stores or Amazon. I have a link up there with the words Clover yo-yo maker if you want to click on it.

      Hope your granddaughter has fun with it.
      Gina

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  20. These are really nice! I recently saw a tutorial on making these at home and figured they'd be a great "snow weather" craft for the children. Great post!

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