I recently fell back in LOVE with yo-yo crafts! Partly because I got some amazing yo-yo makers for Christmas and partly because they are so stinking cute and versatile. My first yo-yo project was a Christmas clown kit that my sister’s mother-in-law asked me to make, for the annual Christmas festival in our small town. I sewed yo-yos while watching TV, while babysitting, and while riding in the car to church. I can’t quite recall how many yo-yo’s I needed but I was determined to finish the project in a week in order to get a new project during our craft time on Saturday mornings. I remember the clown being made of multiple sized yo-yos and in vibrant colors and patterns just like any self-respecting clown would wear.
The memory of my clowning around (pardon the pun) spurred in me a need to sew some tiny little circles of fabric. First things first, research. While I was researching I found some simply, snap together yo-yo makers. These tools allow you to quickly and easily make yo-yos in different sizes and shapes including circles, hearts, flowers, butterflies and clovers. I know it sounds like a Lucky Charms commercial but there really are some wonderful templates out there.
To get us started with the yo-yo tea towel we are going to need the following supplies:
- Sharp Scissors
- Thread and Needle
- Valentine’s Day fabric – You can use multiple prints or just one. Each extra large yo-yo will need at least a 5 ½ inch square of fabric. The butterfly maker needs about 5 inches and the small maker needs at least 3 inches.
- Yo-Yo Makers – I am using the extra large, the small, and the butterfly.
- Flour Sack Towel – 28″ X 28″
- Variety of green ribbon or rick-rack to make the stems
Step 1: Fold the flower sack towel into thirds. This allows you to see the size of your display space so you know how many yo-yos you want to make. I decided I wanted the whole surface to have flowers so I am going to make five yo-yos for my towel.
Step 2: Pop the large yo-yo maker apart in order to put the fabric between the two layers.
Step 3: Choose your first fabric and cut a 5 ½ inch square piece of fabric. Place the fabric good side down into the outside piece of the yo-yo maker. Then snap in the inner part of the template according to the directions you received with the yo-yo maker. There should be lines on the inside piece of the maker that match up with nobs of the outside piece. This allows you to be able to sew around the template.
Step 4: Trim the fabric so there is about 3/8 inch seam allowance all the way around it.
Step 5: Thread your needle and begin sewing. You will want to start on the inside of the maker, hold your fabric down with your thumb and put your needle through the first hole. Turn the maker over and stitch back through the other side. The yo-yo maker instructions show a good visual of this technique.
Step 6: Once you have sewn all the way around the template you will want to make one more stitch in the same hole you started in, making sure you do not catch the original thread.
Step 7: Pop the fabric out of the template.
Step 8: Begin pulling on the thread and tucking the loose fabric inside the yo-yo.
Step 9: Put in a securing stitch or two and then pull your needle through the back of the yo-yo and cut it close to the fabric.
Repeat steps 3 through 9 for the number of yo-yos you will be using on your towel. If you are making small yo-yos for the center of the large ones, cut 3 inch squares and sew them as you did the large ones. Optional – You will need to follow the directions that come with the butterfly in order to create the butterfly yo-yo. They are specific and very easy to follow.
Step 10: Measure and cut the rick-rack and ribbon to various lengths. Pin and sew the ribbons onto the towel to form the stems.
Step 11: Pin and sew the yo-yo’s you created into place. I used an embroidery hoop to help stabilize my sewing.
Step 12 (Optional): Sew the butterfly in place and then sew in a few stitches to indicate the butterfly flight pattern.
Hang up your towel and ADMIRE. This towel is a great decoration for your own home or give it to a good friend who may need a Valentine’s Day gift without the calories.
Talk to you soon!