Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Fun with yo-yos!

I've never had much time for yo-yos before. I didn't like the way they were put together in quilts (or I guess they are coverlets strictly speaking) with the gaps between the circles. Who wants holes in their quilts?

But then last Monday I was desperate for a quick easy project to show as my 'demo' at the Bearpaw Craft Club. This is one of those 'rod for your own back' situations - I had this great idea for a monthly craft club at our shop where people could come along and hang out and do their crafty stuff whilst chatting with others. I would provide cake and a quick demo of a crafty technique.
Well the club has become very popular and by month 4 I have run out of ideas for demos!

So I called my genius colleague Sarah (who was manning the shop that day) and said,
"what shall I do?" 
"What about yo-yos?" she said.
I have to admit I was a bit dismissive (see above) but, as I had nothing better to offer, I had a go.
And guess what? 
I LOVE yo-yos now!!

I drew round a CD and made a pile of them from new lovely Denyse Schmidt's Florence fabric that just came in...

...you can buy this bundle of Fat Quarters or Fat Eighths on our website - yum!
Plus a few others from Marcus Brother's The Next Wave that we have in our Edinburgh Store.
And instead of sewing them together I appliqued them on to wonderful Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax.

Then I added some wadding and hand quilted a ring around each yo-yo with different coloured perle cotton number 8, and made this into a pillow. Voila!
The whole thing took about 3 hours, was very satisfying and went down really well with my Bearpaw Clubbers.
Now I want to sew yo-yos on to everything!


  1. I love how you did the pillow. Especially the stitch around the edges of the yo yo. It added to the design. New follower from Blackberry Winter Crafts.

  2. I've never been keen on them either, but they look brilliant on your cushion!! You may have converted another!!!

  3. Well done - the closest thing I have ever seen to making me like yo yos! Juliex

  4. That looks great. Not a fan of yo yos either.

  5. Did you see the tree my boss made for her sister on our FB page? She is a new fan of yo-yos too.

  6. I love this! But I've always love yo yos!

  7. Perfect project that takes yoyos up a notch. I am not a great fan of them but they look so attractive made into a cushion. Bravo. Di x

  8. I know what you mean about yoyos, plus mine always come out a bit wonky and the hole in the middle doesn't look good. Yours look great though!

  9. It looks great. my yo yos never come out as round as I would like. I did buy a yo yo maker from Clove rand for the life of me cannot use it.

  10. I remember making yo yos years ago with my MIL. Your idea for using them is lovely. Good luck with next month!

  11. Priests and nuns want them. You know, 'cos they're holy... ;o)

    Love the sample project though!

  12. I was never a big fan of yo yo's either because of the spaces between but I love your pillow! It inspired me to make a pillow for my sister-in-law who's 90-year-old Mother passed away this week. I chose calicos reminiscent of the 1949's & 50's and it turned out beautifully. Thank you for much for this beautiful inspiration!

  13. I too am fairly new to yoyo's and just loved making them! But I think your pillow design is the prettiest use of yoyo's i have ever seen, I just have to give your idea a try. Thank you so much for sharing.