....included this one
Difficulty rating: Intermediate
The fabric yo-yo has been around for nearly 100 years and were quite popular with quilt makers in the 1920s. Yo-yos have remained a favorite embellishment in the sewing and quilting all these years due in part to the portability of the project, as well as the instant gratification they provide since they stitch up so quickly.
This pillow project is far from your granny’s yo-yos. Instead, I’ve given the yo-yos a modern twist as I’ve assembled them with brightly colored fabric and embellished the centers with stacked buttons and craft pompoms.
It’s a project that’s fairly easy, with minor challenges trying to keep the yo-yos in a grid pattern while hand-stitching them to the pillow fabric, but the reward of the finished product is so very worth the effort.
Let’s get started making some yo-yos before we talk about assembling your pillow!
First you’ll need to gather your supplies. Fabric scraps work beautifully for this project, but if you’re starting fresh you’ll need to buy 1/8 of a yard of several coordinating patterns of fabric. You’ll also need buttons, both large and medium in size, a pen, the smallest circle from the Super Sized Circles Shape Templates, sharp scissors, an embroidery needle (or two), and a few skeins of embroidery floss.
For the pillow shown you’ll need to trace and cut 25 circles of fabric. I recommend making a few extras, in case you don’t like the combination of patterns when you go to lie out your yo-yos, so you can quickly replace one or two.
To stitch up each yo-yo, cut a 12" length of embroidery floss--you’ll be using all 6 strands. (Note: You can substitute 24" of all purpose-sewing thread and use it doubled.) Thread one end of your floss onto your needle leaving a 3" tail. Tie 2 or 3 knots in the other end.
Hold the circle of fabric in your non-dominant hand with the wrong side facing up. Holding the needle in your dominant hand, insert the needle into the fabric approximately 1/8" from the edge.
Bring the needle back up through the fabric approximately ¼" from the point of insertion. Again, it isn’t an exact science so it can be a little more or a little less than ¼" spaced stitches.
Continue stitching with a ¼" straight stitch all the way around the perimeter of the circle. As you go along your stitches will start to gather a bit simply because your thread is only 12" long.
When you reach full-circle, you’ll want to pull your thread taut to gather the stitches, allowing the material to gather in the center.
You will need to loosen and adjust a bit to flatten the yo-yo out for a more visually appealing yo-yo.
Add buttons or pom-poms using the same thread to sew them on. Knot thread off with a few knots on the back of the yo-yo. Trim excess thread.
Now repeat that 24 more times until you end up with a whole mess of yo-yos.
Set those aside and prepare your pillow fabrics.
First you’ll need two ½ yard cuts of fabric. For the pillow front you’ll want to select a bottom-weight, canvas, or duck cloth fabric. For the back you’ll need to select a coordinating home décor or corduroy print.
Cut off the selvage edge and square up your fabric for the pillow front to 18" square using your cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter.
Fold your square in half vertically, then again horizontally to find the center of your fabric. Pin your first yo-yo in the center, then place two more on each side of the center spaced approximately ½" apart to create a horizontal line of yo-yos.
Repeat going vertically.
Then use your ruler to fill in the rest of the grid. Once all are place, you can baste each yo-yo, one at a time to the pillow front, making sure to just catch the back of the yo-yo fabric in your stitches so they remain unseen from the front.
For the pillow back fabric you need two pieces cut to 18" x 12" to create your slipcover/envelope closure.
Hem one 18” side on both pieces by folding over ¼" of the fabric and pressing with a warm iron, then folding over ¼" again. Using your machine, stitch a straight stitch along the length of the fold.
Then, pin one un-hemmed side of the back to the pillow front right sides together.
Next, flatten out the crease, and pin the hemmed ends to the pillow and fill in the sides with more pins.
Repeat for the remaining piece.
Then, start stitching around the perimeter of your pillow with a ½" seam allowance. I recommend starting where the envelope closure overlaps so your backstitching when you start and stop will add extra reinforcement.
Once your have your seam sewn, clip your corners and threads. Clipping the corners helps create a crisp point at the corners when you turn your pillow right-side out. Inserting the point of your scissors or the blunt end of a skewer into the corner and gently pushing outward will help create your point.
Now, insert your pillow form into your slipcover and fluff!
Difficulty rating: Beginner
Whether you want to be kinder to the environment or personalize your morning drink, a reusable cup wrap may be just what you need. Here’s a step-by-step guide for this sewing project.
Start by creating a pattern on copy paper. Using the pre-made cardboard wrap as a guide, draw a custom pattern that is approximately one inch larger on each side (first draw with a pencil and then outline with a marker). This will allow you to make a slightly larger wrap that takes into account the extra material necessary for a seam allowance.
Using the pattern, cut two pieces of fabric with the Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (8").
Cut one piece of batting to size with a Fiskars Rotary Cutter.
Layer the batting and fabric. Place the piece of batting on the bottom followed by a right-side up piece of fabric and then a right-side down piece of fabric.
Before pinning the layers together, add a five-inch piece of round elastic cord (folded in half) between the layers.
Keeping the ends together, fold the top layer of fabric over and pin the elastic in place.
Pin the edges and machine sew together using a ¼" seam allowance. Leave an opening so that the wrap can be turned. Double stitch over the elastic.
You may wish to cut away excess seam allowance and carefully trim the corners before turning the wrap. Once turned, hand stitch the opening closed. Then top stitch the entire wrap using a ¼" seam allowance.
Sew on a decorative button. Once the fabric is wrapped around a cup, loop the elastic around the button to keep the wrap in place.
.......I hope you like this idea as much as I do...I found if over at http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting .....it's been awhile since I blog hopped over there....and boy are there some great project shares...............make some time this week and pop on over....there are projects for many crafts....
Well I've had a very busy time since I have returned from overseas.....working the past 3 days in MELBOURNE at PAPERIFIC EXPO.................what a fun show this is.................I really enjoy working with the PAPERIFIC STAFF.....we have such a fun time.
I also wanted to let you all know that FISKATEERS membership is nearing 8000.....WOWIE....what a Vibrant Community this is......it's worldwide.....it's fun ......and it's FREE!
Being a FISKATEER gives you the opportunity to network with others around the world 24/7...be the first to know about NEW FISKARS PRODUCT RELEASES.access to on-line CROPS and CHATS.....and so much more.
We'd love the 8000th FISKATEER to come from Australia or New Zealand....
To join up....it's as easy as following the links over at FISKATEERS just click on the Join Up link...and if you do join up....come back here and let us know...just leave a comment underneath my post here....means we can also welcome you!
" 8000 " FISKATEERS....WOWIE......WHAT A FABULOUS EFFORT!!
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Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.......
today i thought i would share with you all a layout i did a few weeks ago. There was a challenge on the Fisk-a-teers blog to pick your favorite ice cream flavour and then crate a page using these colours. Well picking my favourite flavour was a no-brainer! i just LOVE Mint-choc-chip. and so does my daughter Zoe. and what better layout to create but one all about ice cream!
So here is my layout.
I used on the right of my page the Fiskars Upper crest border punch and then sanded a little to let the core colour of my card come through, i then used my Fiskars Trimmer to cut all the squares, my Fiskars fingertip craft knife to cut Zoe out of the photos i had and my Fiskars notebook border punch to page make the note page on the left. I also use Lawn Fawn stamp that was a candy floss stamp to make some cute mint choc chip ice cream cones on my page.
Still on the boy theme here is something that most boys like.... and girls if Johnny Depp is involved. lol
A pirate layout.
My version of the above layout:
I used Fluer-de-lis lever punch, Ultra shape express and letter 1 templates with Fiskars cutting mat and last but not least the fiskars L circle squeeze punch.
Thanks for looking.
If you do a layout using this sketch we would love to see it.
email us: email@example.com
Would you belive that PAPERIFIC is only 1 day away....................OMG......this is one of my favourite Shows to work at and attend..................I can't wait to greet you all as you come to PAPERIFIC.
I'm working all 3 days....what fun!! Can't wait to work with this amazing PAPERIFIC TEAM!!
For further details you can go to the PAPERIFIC WEBSITE....it's being held once again at the Royal Melbourne Show Grounds......Friday,Saturday and Sunday.
It promises to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever......lotss of fun Classes...many,many Make'n'Takes.....and even a PAPERCRAFT COMPETITION....ooh la la.....what fun!!
FISKARS have also generously donated some Giveaways......thanks guys!!
I'll be up bright and early to make the trip into Melbourne.....can't wait!!
I know SCRAPPY HOLLOW are having a STAND again.....so can't wait to catch up with Heidi and her TEAM!......SEE YOU TOMORROW.............YEH IT''S SHOWTIME!!
(I'm back on board now after a fabulous holiday overseas)
I have been sorting through some of my holiday pics today.....and one of my special moments was visiting Yosemite National Park in the US.....it's an amazing place.....and being SUMMER in the US we had great weather for walking around the Park.....I was extremely lucky to spot this HUGE BUTTERFLY
Nearby town of MARIPOSA was so named because of the HUGE BUTTERLY in the area....
Rod and I loved spending time out in the open and in the Wilderness....the scenery was spectacular...so much water,trees and we loved spotting local animals on our trip.....this Squirel was spotted in the Japanese Gardens in San Francisco....over the 5 and a half weeks we saw 3 different kinds of Squirels.
To see more pics from my travels around CANADA,ALASKA,US and NZ....pop on over to Lyn's Blog where I have more pics.....and over the next few weeks I'll be adding some more special moment pics...
I just need some more time now to sort through and file the pics....I took over 3000......LOL!
I also visited a PATCHWORK SHOP in KETCHIKAN,ALASKA......and store owner Betty allowed me to take some pics.....so when I find them....I'll share with you all....and in Talheetna,ALASKA I visited a local CRAFT MARKET......whereby I spotted some thread cards made using Fiskars Border Punches.....how surprised was the Stall Holder when I told her where I was from.....I also have pics from this encounter..shall share soon.................
Today I will share with everyone how to put together your wonky block quilt.
If you missed part 1 it is Here.
Once you have got all your wonky block squares made up it is time to put them all together. The first thing you have to decide is how big you want your quilt. For Zoe's Sponge bob Square pants quilt, i am actually making it to be a duvet cover (which i will show you all in part 3) so i measured up Zoe's bed and realized i need it to be approx 66 inches x 92 inches. To work out how big you need your stripping between your blocks add the width of each block square.( mine are 11inches...they were suppose to be 12 inches but accidents happen!!!) take away 1/2 inch for the sewing (1/4 inch each side of the block you will loose when sewing together) and then add up how many blocks you will have along the total width of your quilt. I had 3 blocks so it totaled 31.5 inches. so take away the total width of the quilt you require and that should give you the total width of stripping you need to divide between each block. so my will be 66(the width of my quilt) - 31.5(the total width of my blocks minus the 1/2 inch for each block allowed for sewing) = 34.5 inches total for stripping and if i divide this by 4 which is how many strips i will need to go around 3 blocks i come up with 8.5 inches. Now to me it looked a little wide for stripping so i adjusted it to 6.5 inches and added 1/2 inch for sewing together.
Do the same maths for the length of your quilt and that should total your stripping. If you are not quite sure please feel free to contact me via the comments.
so cut your strips to the correct length and width.
Once you have your strips cut. pin the first strip to one of your wonky blocks.Then sew.
Take your next wonky block and place wrong way up onto the block and strip that is sewn together. line up your block with the sewn one to ensure your blocks will be straight and in line with each other then sewn together.
Pin the next strip to your block and again sew.
Do the last 2 steps till you have the desired length of the quilt minus the edging around the blocks.
We will add that at the end.
Once you have sewn as many strips and blocks together that you need trim off the excess fabric.
when finished your blocks and strips should look like this.
Once you have sewn your little strips between all the blocks it is time to add the long lengths of fabric that will join the strips together. Make sure you line up all your blocks so they look straight.
When finished it should look like this.
Once all are joined the quilt should look like the picture below.
In Part 3 i will show you how to add the strips around the edge of the quilt, add some applique( i am going to add Sponge bobs favourite thing.... krabby patties and jelly fish!) and how to add a flat sheet to make the patchwork into a duvet cover.
Have you seen the new look CRAFT EXPO....? Name has changed............venue has also changed.....to see further details click here Craft and Sewing Show