VISIT & SEE DETAILS - BUY IF YOU DESIRE

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How To Make A Perfect Yo-Yo Every Time

How To Make A Perfect Yo-Yo Every Time

Lazies, It’s easy to make perfect yo-yo’s for your next sewing or quilting project. You know I love yo-yo’s. So, while I was making some recently, I put together a tutorial. Here is a step-by-step tour of using the Clover Yo-Yo Maker tools. To print this tutorial, click ‘print this Lazy post’ at the end of this post.
Picture 9

Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a juicy morsel.
Yo-Yo Maker:
Each Clover Yo-Yo Maker has two parts: a disk, shown in dark yellow to the left, and a tray, shown in light yellow to the right. Place a piece of fabric between the disk and tray, snap together and go. The tray and disk need to be aligned with each other on the round yo-yo makers only. Match the ridge lines on the disk to the notches at the edge of the tray. You can see a couple of details better with the disk snapped into the tray.
1.jpg
2.jpg
Details:
1. Use the hole in the center of the tray to pop the disk out when done.
2. This slightly raised ridge is the finished size (outside edge/ fold line) of the yo-yo made with this tool. Each tool has a finished-sized indicator (either a ridge, or a hole the size and shape of the yo-yo).
3. Area inside the ridge will be the back of the finished yo-yo.
4. Area between the ridge and the edge of the tray will be on the front of the finished yo-yo. See Note below.
5. Use these notches to align the disk for round yo-yo makers only.
3.jpg
Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the disk. Place fabric, right side down against the tray. Place disk on top of the tray. Be sure to match the ridge lines on the disk to the notches on the tray (for round yo-yo makers only as shown in the first photo above).
4.jpg
These little crescent shaped openings (circled above) on the tray are the stitch guides. Bring your needle up at one end of the crescent and back down through the other end of the same crescent as shown above. Catch the seam allowance in this stitching. Note: Remember the round ridge line marked #2 on the tray in the second photo from the top? You’ll be able to see your fabric through the tray making it easy to know which part of your fabric will end up on the back (area #3 above) and the front (area #4 above) of the finished yo-yo. Use the tray to fussy-cut your fabric if desired.
5.jpg
Fold the fabric seam allowance over the disk and pinch with your finger and thumb to secure for stitching.
- With a needle and thread (knot the end or leave a tail) stitch from the disk side, through the folded seam allowance, finding the opening of the crescent on the tray and pull needle/thread through. Continue holding the seam allowance flat against the tray.
- Finish the stitch by sewing through the other end of the same crescent.
6.jpg
Work your way around the rest of the yo-yo. Pop the disk out of the tray by pushing through the hole on the tray. If you have too much seam allowance, trim the excess now. Be sure not to cut the stitching thread.
7.jpg
Gently fold the seam allowance over the edge of the disk to remove the disk. Your project should resemble the picture above at this point.
8.jpg
Gently pull on each end of the stitching thread to gather the fabric into a yo-yo. Gently shape the yo-yo as you go to keep the gathers in the center.
Picture 9
Tie the threads and feed them into the center of the yo-yo for a clean finish.
10.jpg
The finished size of the yo-yo matches the round ridge on the tray for this tool.
‘Quick Yo-Yo Makers’ from Clover Needlecraft Inc.
Original Sizes:
Round – Small, #8700
Round – Large, #8701
New in Summer 2007:
Round – Extra Small, #8702
Round – Extra Large, #8703
Heart Shaped – Small, #8704
Heart Shaped – Large, #8705
Flower Shaped – Small, #8706
Flower Shaped – Large, #8707
More about the six new shapes and sizes here.
Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a juicy morsel.
Fabric shown is ‘Garden Party’ by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs from Troy Corporation.

Adorable And Clever Gifts Are Just A Yo-Yo Away

Adorable And Clever Gifts Are Just A Yo-Yo Away

Lazies, I’m a little late with my usual Monday post – I know, it’s Tuesday. Blame my hubster Michael. He surprised me with a trip to see friends for a long weekend as an early b-day present. (Today’s my birthday!) So, grab a cuppa-cuppa and raise your mug in a java toast while you read about these adorable gifts.
Julie Bridgeman shares her adorable A-Door-Ables with us today in the next ‘Show Us Your Lazy!’ project feature.
Julie used the Lazy Girl Designs ‘A-Door-Ables’ fabric accessory sewing pattern (LGD109) and the two original sizes of Clover Needlecraft Quick Yo-Yo Maker tools to make these beautiful and clever gifts.
julieyoyo6.JPG
Large size shown at left and right, small size in center.
Here’s Julie:
Here are a few of the A-Door-Ables projects I have sewn together using yo-yos. What a fun pattern! On two of the A-Door-Ables I have attached yo-yos.
I am using the A-Door-Ables for teacher gifts. I have made other ones for children’s gifts and attached them to gift bags. They look so pretty on gift bags with silk flowers.
julieyoyocloseup.jpg
Julie centered the black floral motif on this yo-yo.
Depending on the fabric used, they can be for a baby’s room, a girl’s room, a teacher, a neighbor, etc. Instead of flowers inside, how about small gifts like jewelry, gift certificates, fat quarters, candy, or a stuffed animal?
I am going to make a few for the holidays in festive fabric and hang them from garland going up the staircase.
You can also hang them from door knobs, backs of dining room chairs, chest of drawer handles, chandeliers, and kitchen cabinet knobs. The possibilities are endless! I attached yo-yos onto them when there was a motif in the fabric that I wanted to bring out.
julieyoyo1.JPG
Sarah wearing yo-yo hair clip on her headband.
This is Sarah. I made more yo-yos that I have turned into hair accessories for my little girls. I put a snap clip on the back of each one.
I used mostly 20s and 30s repro fabric but I’m sure someone could get a totally different look using other color schemes.
julieyoyo4.JPG
Using the Clover tools, I made large and small yo-yos. Some hair clips are made up of one yo-yo and some are made up of a small yo-yo sewn onto a large yo-yo.
julieyoyo2.JPG
For some of the small ones, I attached 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon behind the yo-yo for an extra special touch. I secured small snap clips to the backs of the yo-yos. To do this, I inserted the top half of the snap clip into a piece of felt and then attached the felt to the fabric. This gives it a cleaner look.
julieyoyo5.JPG
I love the new Clover tools! I’ve never made yo-yos before and have become addicted now!
Thanks! – Lazy Girl Julie
Thank you for sharing your creations with us! Julie used the small round (item #7001) and large round (item #7002) Clover Needlecraft Quick Yo-Yo Makers. There are six new sizes and shapes expected mid-summer.
I recently posted a tutorial for using these tools to make yo-yos here. The tutorial describes how to place your fabric to center a focal feature for the back of the yo-yo, as Julie did on many of her projects. Julie centered the round opening in the yo-yo maker tray directly over a motif, (such as the scottie dog in the fourth picture), to make sure it was centered and the right size to fit on the back of a finished yo-yo.
yo_yo_maker_tutorial_small.jpg yo_yo_maker_tutorial2_small.jpg
Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a juicy morsel.
Our A-Door-Ables pattern includes pattern pieces to make two sizes. Not including the handle, the small size finishes to approximately 5 1/2″ tall, the large finishes to approximately 7 1/2″ tall. While one fat quarter of fabric is plenty to make either size, use two or more fabrics to coordinate and accent as Julie did.
Enjoy!
Joan