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Thread: How do you make YoYo's

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    Senior Member irma tapia's Avatar
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    Good Morning Everyone! Can someone please tell me how you make Yo-Yo's?

    Thanks

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    Oh Honey - get the Clover device - You'll love it!!!!
    http://www.clover-usa.com/products/268066/Yo-Yo_Makers

    I have a collection going and it's so mindless and portable you can do it anywhere under any circumstance!

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    I just ordered one of those....I hope I like it

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    cut a circle (say 2" circle) stitch a running basting stitch 1/4" around the circle. pull the threads holding your finger (or a washer/plastic circle...)inside. pull the threads to gather so your raw edges gather in the center. tie off.
    they can be used gather up, or gather down, with a button in the center, just the gather, sky's the limit...
    have fun

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    Senior Member irma tapia's Avatar
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    I've never heard of that, where can you get it, JoAnn's?

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    Where and how do you use your yo yo"s? I made a boo boo on my 2yr old grandchilds quilt on the lower right back corner so when I add my label I thought I would add a yo yo or two to help cover up my boo boo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    Where and how do you use your yo yo"s? I made a boo boo on my 2yr old grandchilds quilt on the lower right back corner so when I add my label I thought I would add a yo yo or two to help cover up my boo boo.
    Good thinker! I'm sure you could get them at Joann's and probably with a coupon (if it's not on sale). It's under $10 and worth every penny for me.

    I haven't used my collection yet. I have about a shoebox worth. I make them to keep my hands busy when watching tv, when I want to sit at lunch at work and play or when sitting in doctor offices or hospitals. It really does help.

    I keep the kit of 5" charms, the tool, scissors, hand thread, and needles in a medium size makeup bag. I usually leave the kit in my car.

    I've seen them tacked together on the edges and used like a doily. That may be my first project with them.

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    I guess I could make them any size couldn't I?

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    If you just want to make a few ---- take an old CD or DVD and trace around it for a perfect circle. If you use starch --- go lightly with it so the yo-yo will gather easily.

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    http://quilting.about.com/od/piecing...yoyoquilts.htm

    yo yo placemat

    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/yo-yo.shtml

    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    Good Morning Everyone! Can someone please tell me how you make Yo-Yo's?

    Thanks

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    I use "Perfect Circles" to make my circles. The process is similar to the yo-yo but the fabric is held around a mylar disk. I spray the fabric with starch and press. Then I take out the disk and tug it back into shape.

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    never heard of Perfect Circles, where do you buy those from?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I use "Perfect Circles" to make my circles. The process is similar to the yo-yo but the fabric is held around a mylar disk. I spray the fabric with starch and press. Then I take out the disk and tug it back into shape.

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    A 3 1/2" circle will make a yo-yo about 1 1/2 across. I turn under about 1/4" and from the wrong side of the circle do the running stitch in the middle of the 1/4 turn down and then at the end pull the thread tight to close the hole. That a few stitches in place and stick the needle inside the yo-yo and come back out a ways from the end. cut the thread and the tail will be inside the yo-yo.

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    Karen, here is an example. I have both sets. They are not exactly like yo-yos but great for circles you want to applique. I suppose you could use them for yo-yos too though.
    http://www.softexpressions.com/softw...ns/PCircle.php

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    I have a circle cutter which I use and think it is fantastic.
    It is manufactured by Quilters Rule and I haven't the faintest idea where I got it. It has a blade in it and cuts up to 6-1/2 and I believe it's 2-1/2 small. Works really fast.

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    I use the clover devices as well, I have circles, hearts and flowers. They are very easy to use. I had a pair of jeans that was too short and added yo yos to the hem of each leg. I receive many compliments.

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    sounds cute. I went this afternoon and got 2 sizes and I have made 3 so far. They don't look perfect yet so I'll keep makeing them and see how they turn out.

    How did you attach them to your jeans? I was thinking about adding a button in the center, what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    I've never heard of that, where can you get it, JoAnn's?
    Yes, they are available at JoAnns and most other craft stores. I have all the sizes and they work great.

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    I just read your instructions. My mother 88yrs young gave me the same basic instructions 3 mo ago for a project. I never new what they were intill then. She made them when she was 8 yr old with my grandmother. Thanks for reminding me.
    :)

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    I just tacked them on with a whip stitch and tacked them together with the same stitch. It saved the jeans that I needed very badly at the time. I add buttons to the center when I add them to anything else. It took about 30 yo yos with the size I made and didn't have that many buttons at the time. I may add them later.

    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    sounds cute. I went this afternoon and got 2 sizes and I have made 3 so far. They don't look perfect yet so I'll keep makeing them and see how they turn out.

    How did you attach them to your jeans? I was thinking about adding a button in the center, what do you think?

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    I have made hundred's of these. Never used anything but a sour cream lid as a template. Turned under 1/8 inch as I hand stiched a running stitch around the circle, pull thread to close, adjust & tie off. Before you know it they get perfect. My kids used to play with these for hours, designing new patterns with all the colors. I've also sewed buttons on the center of them also. I found a package of buttons with litle faces on them, they were so cute put on them. Have fun.

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    I bought 2 different sizes, the small size is the one I have been making. I think they could look better, I guess I just need to practice more. They are fun to make.

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    Anyone remember the yoyo dolls from years back? I remember my dd having one. I didn't make it. Think maybe DGM may have. Anyway, just thought about it while reading this post, and googled yo yo doll. Lots of stuff came up. Sure brings back memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    I bought 2 different sizes, the small size is the one I have been making. I think they could look better, I guess I just need to practice more. They are fun to make.
    Keep practicing, you will get wonderful results.

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    Irma you will love those Clover YO-YO makers. If you go to the pictures page there is a listing today called "Whew......I think I'm done!!!!" by user Patti. It is a b'ful Yo-Yo quilt top and decorative pillow she posted 07-14-10! She makes some fabulous quilts - look her up by her user name and you can view her picture posts - amazing quilts.

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