>Part 6: Advent Calender Button YOYO Ornamnet

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hung on tree

Supplies:

  • button (I used vintage buttons)
  • small yoyo (use what ever you want for the template)
  • needle
  • embroidery thread to sew and use as hanger
  • scissors
  • sewing thread

Order of events:

  1. Make yoyo.
  2. Tie knot in embroidery thread; pass through center of yoyo and back again.
  3. Thread button and stitch on; go through yoyo and button two or three times. Finish with needle on back of work.
  4. Insert needle into yoyo; come out edge of yoyo.
  5. Make loop for hanger; tie off.
  6. Take needle back into yoyo and cut off.
finished

Because I don’t like to post on Sunday, I will post another ornament late tonight for everyone.
DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE PATTERNS TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

>Revisiting the Advent Calendar

>Last year I posted an ornament a day or so ’till there were enough to make an advent calendar. If you would like to make one for this year, there is still time to get started and completed. You, of course, do not have to make a yoyo tree; any tree will work to place the ornaments on.

advent calender

>Part 4: Advent Calendar : Candy Cane ornament

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on advent tree

Here is an easy one even the little kids can make (with help from an adult with cutting implements).

Supplies:

  • Variegated pipe cleaner
  • Round item to wrap pipe cleaner around
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embellishments (sequins, ribbon, felt, bells whatever)
  • Something to cut pipe cleaner and embroidery thread

Order of events:

  1. Cut pipe cleaner about 2 to 2 1/4 inches long
  2. Bend around round item to form hook
  3. Cut and tie knot in embroidery thread to make hanger
  4. Add embellishments

DO NOT USE THIS PATTERN TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

>Part 1: How to Make a yoyo Advent Calender

>This is the start of a continuing tutorial. This will show you how to make the wall hanging part of the calendar. Then, each day I will post how to make one or more ornaments to hang on the tree ’till I have 25. This way you can make it, too. (Above photo is after star, prior to buttons)

Supplies:

  • Green fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of green fabrics, I choose solid for the tree and variety for the ground) 42 green yoyos tree, 25 green yoyos ground = total 67 green yoyos
  • White fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of white fabrics) ( I used recycled 100% cotton, from my husband’s outgrown Sunday shirts, 2 of them) 86 white yoyos
  • Red fabrics (you can use 1 or lots of red fabrics, I used lots of varieties) 67 red yoyos
  • Brown fabric enough for 1 yoyo
  • Yellow fabric enough for 1 yoyo for star (I used the small clover flower maker to make my star)
  • Standard cd to use as template
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Thimble (if you use one)
  • Pencil, optional (for tracing around cd; I don’t do this, but some might)
  • Optional small clover flower maker to use in making the star. You can also just buy a star at a store and sew it on instead of making one.
  • 2- 4 cabone rings ( or other type of ring to use as a hanger)
  • Dowel or other straight item for strength when hanging
  • Bias tape
  • 67 buttons (I used mother-of-pearl, but you can use whatever you want)

Photo to upper right is what the back looks like.

Order of events:

  • Make round yoyos and yoyo star
  • Lay them out in the pattern (shown below in this post)
  • Stitch together in six format, not the 4
  • Add star at top of tree
  • Stitch a button on every green yoyo
  • Stitch on cabone rings (or other hanger item) on back of wall hanging on top row of yoyos; covered by bias tape
  • Stitch dowel (or other straight item) to top back of quilt to help prevent sagging from weight; covered by bias tape

There are 21 rows in this wall hanging.

  1. 11 red
  2. 1 red 8 white 1 red
  3. 1 red 4 white 1 green 4 white 1 red
  4. 1 red 3 white 2 green 3 white 1 red
  5. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  6. 1 red 3 white 2 green 3 white 1 red
  7. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  8. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  9. 1 red 3 white 3 green 3 white 1 red
  10. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  11. 1 red 2 white 5 green 2 white 1 red
  12. 1 red 2 white 4 green 2 white 1 red
  13. 1 red 2 white 5 green 2 white 1 red
  14. 1 red 1 white 6 green 1 white 1 red
  15. 1 red 4 white 1 brown 4 white 1 red
  16. 1 red 2 white 4 red 2 white 1 red
  17. 1 red 3 white 3 red 3 white 1 red
  18. 1 red 8 green 1 red
  19. 1 red 9 green 1 red
  20. 1 red 8 green 1 red
  21. 11 red

Stitch all yoyos together and hand stitch star at top of tree. You can do this same type of pattern with English paper pieced hexagons. If you want to use this other technique, go here; there is a tutorial.

Add front embellishments like the star and buttons now. The buttons are for holding the ornaments on the tree. They are also to hold the ornaments on the bottom ground area ’till they are moved up. There are more buttons on the tree than on the ground so you can have more of a choice where to place them.

Stitch two to four cabone rings (or other hanging devises — I used metal belt loops because that is what I had on hand) on top row for hanging purposes. Use four if you don’t use a dowel for strength and to keep quilt from sagging. Once stitched on, cover stitches with bias tape, too, just like the dowel.

Here is the link to make all the ornaments to add to this advent calendar.

DO NOT USE THIS PATTERN TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

Video: Fabric Yo-yo tutorial

One of my  friends wants to teach her children some beginning sewing so she asked me to make a tutorial for her.  So that she and her children can learn this and are able to review it several times.  These are  fabric yo-yos also known a Suffolk’s puffs and Buttons in USA during the 1930’sand 1940’s.

Other useful info on my blog: If you just want to see some examples here are all the posts on my blog about yo-yos  alot of them.   In these examples you will find how to lay them out what some ideas are for things I have used them in.  Also there are tools out there if you want fancier ones.  Some talk about other people that do yo-yos, examples of vintage yo-yos, there is a lot of info on here.  Have fun searching through it all.  Also good luck teaching the girls you will need to let me know how it goes.

>Book sneak peak

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Here is the badge I was given to show the new book”Countdown Calendars” I am in coming out in June. I love the photo the photographer too of my project in front of a window with the light streaming through it so cool.  You can pre order this book by going here you will not be charged till it ships in June.

Because of this book and my contract with the publisher certain items have been removed from my blog.  I will replace them and re -post those posts with new projects with a similar concept but different  than the book.  I will update when I have done that and give a link.

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>Grandma Harbaugh’s yo-yos

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close up of yo-yos

kitchen entryWhen my husbands grandmother died she had some sewing supplies.  They have since been divided among my sister-laws who sew and myself.  In the the items I chose was a small bunch of yo-yos that had been made but not sewn to anything.  So I sewed them together and framed them today I just love them so sweet and it is nice to have something from grandma, especially yo-yos.

She had a few more (3 and 1) in two different sizes which I will frame some time in the future.  Those are kind of fun as the paper template is still with one cut out from a newspaper with the date and all.

This is the entry way from my front room into my kitchen I think it goes well with the embroidery that I got from my old neighbor.

On the top shelf is the rocking horse my children used when they where just tikes but they have since out grown it so now it is a decoration.  The doll house is “The Littles” from when I was a kid.  It is a pretty cool little doll house has cast metal furniture that functions meaning drop leaf tables actually work.  This is sort of where childhood gets remembered on that shelf.  I have a few more things to put up there but I have to find them first in storage still working on that.

close up of area

>Remember that yoyo quilt

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yoyos sewn to store bought quilt

I while back I posted about a quilt a lady showed when teaching a class at the local quilt guild fair, her daughters quilt is shown above.  I wasn’t very excited about the class but the work shown was lovely as you can see from the quilt shown above.

 base quilt for a yoyo quilt

Well the other day I found two of those store bought quilts (on clearance)  sort of like the one pictured  above that the teacher’s daughter did, but a tad bit different.  Mine don’t have a scalloped edge and are not white on white.  Mine are white on one side and colored on the other  and the quilting is colored.  One is bright orange and one is medium blue.  As for the colored seam binging well that is something the teacher’s daughter added.

 base quilt for a yoyo quilt

So I am thinking I will make two of these one brightly colored and one more subdued.  I think the white yoyos the girls have been making with the big blue yoyo tool might be just the ticket for the subdued one, using the blue quilt.  I will probably make a little tutorial to go with this so other people can do it too.  The bright one I may add a quilt too it that I was making a while back that I want a little stronger and a little bigger.  the nice thing about doing this type of thing is it makes the yoyo quilt stronger and it also makes it a warm quilt not just a summer coverlet on a guest bed.

>New Yoyo tool

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just an idea

Over Easter break we had a road trip.  My sister wanted to pick up making yoyos so I took a yoyo tool ( the jumbo blue one) and some other stuff so she could see how to do it by hand  with just a needle and thread and with the tool.  She liked by hand better as do I.

 easter road trip project

During which time I tried to entertain my children with having them work with the  jumbo blue clover yoyo tool.  It is always amazing to me how big the tool is and how the size of the yoyo compares to it.  I have wanted a tone on tone yoyo coverlet for a while so this just may be the start of that project.

jumbo clover yoyo tool and size of yoyos

new clover oval tool and size

Also yesterday while running errands I purchased the newest clover yoyo tool the one for making ovals.  I have yet to play with it but my 12 year old did and she said it was easy to work with.  Once again the size difference but it seemed much more obvious with the oval tool as opposed to the round tool.

 size of yoyos from oval tool

These would work well with the round smaller size yoyos to make a sort of cathedral windows look.  I may have to make a sample of that to explain what I mean.  It wouldn’t look exactly like a cathedral windows quilt but similar in feel with the shapes used arches in other words.

>Oval yoyo maker

>It looks like Clover is coming out with a new yoyo maker in an oval shape. I don’t know when it will be available. But it looks like it will be another nice shape to add to projects.

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