Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY: Yo Yo Bouquet

Hi folks!  Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately.  I've been really busy lately runnin' my buns off getting ready to apply to a real live (my very first!) craft show in November.  I'll fill you in on the details of that later.  Eeeeee!!

Today, I want to share with you a little project I've been working on as a gift for Jon's mom's birthday this Sunday!  So shhhh!

Have you ever made a quilting yo yo?  Me neither.  Well, now I have - but up until a couple days ago I had never tried.  But they're super fun and super easy and I think you should totally try this.

You'll need all of this (minus a Moe cat):

Here's the fabrics I chose up close - aren't they pretty?!

Supply list:
  • Coordinating fabrics 
  • Pinking/sewing shears
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Matching thread for your fabrics
  • Scrap paper to make templates
  • Pencil
  • Circle objects for tracing
  • Faux flower stems (easy thrift store find!).  Make sure they have THIS part of the flower - otherwise you'll have nothing on which to attach your yo yo.

Step one:  Find three different-sized circular items from around your house.  I used a bowl, a canister of PoppyCock and a can of tuna. :)  Whatever you use, you want your smallest item to be about half the diameter of your largest item (even smaller is probably better).  The other one should be in between those two.

Trace the objects onto your scrap paper and cut out your circles.  Voila! - templates. Alternatively, you can skip making templates and trace the shapes directly onto your fabric.  But since I'll be making more yo yos in the future, I wanted to make patterns that I could use again later.

Step two: If you don't know already, try to get an idea of how many flowers you want to make total so you know how many circles to cut.  Pick a template and situate it on your first fabric, pin it down, and cut it out.  Do this for as many flowers you want to make -- times two.  You need an outer and an inner yo yo for each flower.

Step three:  Iron your circles. You could've actually done this as step one and just ironed your whole fabric, but since I hate don't love ironing, I find just having to do the little shapes makes it more fun. :)

Step four: Remove the flowers petals from your flower stems.  On my stems, I had to remove the plastic centers, slip the fabric petals off, and put the center back on the base/stem.  I'm sure there are all different ways to do this depending on the flowers you find/use and how they're constructed.  The main thing is that you want the "base" to be left on the stem and that's it.  

I left a couple of flowers on the smaller stems b/c I liked the color. :)
Step five: Make your yo yos!  To make a yo yo, all you do is:
  • with the wrong side of the fabric up, run a basting stitch (also known as a "tack" stitch) all the way around the edge of the circle
  • when you get back to your start, pull tight to gather all the fabric together (at this point your yo yo looks like a pouch)
  • flatten your work (helps to look at it from the back so you know you're making a good circle shape) 
  • stitch through the center a couple times to secure

Here is a great instructional video to get you going if you're lost on yo yos. 

Step six: Attach your yo yos to your flower stems, add your button to the center aaaaand done!!

Whoa whoa whoa.  Done?  What?

Well I left this tutorial fairly vague in parts because I know there are a variety of skill levels who visit my blog.  I'm sure some of you will read the above and be good to go.  Woohoo!  Others are staring at their screens going, "What is this crazy chica talking about?"   Therefore, keeping in consideration that I'm all for whatever works for you and that I know there are a lot of different ways to get from point A to point B in this project, I will leave you with a couple notes on how I did things...

  • Before making my yo yos, I first paired all my circles together so I knew what my bouquet would look like when I was done.  This way you can tweak the color choices/combinations before you start sewing.
  • I made all my center yo yos first.
  • Regarding step six: I started by sewing the larger, outer yo yo directly onto the plastic center of my flower stem. About 6 stitches or so.  Then I attached the center, inner yo yo to that with about 4 stitches all the way around.  Then I attached the button in the middle, on top, last.  
  • I tend to over-do things when it comes to crafting in the "securing the heck out of it" department.   Unless you plan on sword fighting with your bouquet, you really don't need a lot of stitches to attach everything together.  The estimates above, give or take a stitch, is plenty.
  • If you use a thread color that matches your large, outer yo yo when you attach your "flowers" to your stems, I found your stitches almost disappear.  You can also hide a lot of your work under the plastic center thing of your stem.
  • I found it easier to take the plastic center base off my stems while I was working on them.  I originally tried gluing the bases on the stems (see?  over-doing it again) and then working on them, but it made the project unwieldy. 

And there you have it!  A gorgeous and simple, yet thoughtful gift!!  I'll probably make a bouquet like this for my own home - they're so darn cute and happy.  I hope she really loves them. :)  I still have to find the perfect vase to put them in.  Wish me luck!  And as always, if you have any questions or need help - let me know!

Update: It's Sunday night and it's been a long, loooong day.  But a great day.  I gave Cheryl her flowers and she loved them.  She really did.  :) And dinner turned out wonderfully.  So happy - can't ask for any more than that.  But I just wanted to pop back in here and share with you the final product.  Hope you guys are having fun w/this!

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Heedless said...

Cute Project!! I'm going to show this to my sewing daughter (10) tomorrow...

PoetessWug said...

Ummmm....I'll leave this one to you! :-)) But maybe it'll inspire me to do something like it in crochet. We'll see! :-)

Fadas de Luz said...

Amei. São todas lindas.

Cassandra said...

@ Heedless: A crafty 10 year old could totally do this project!

@ Wug: I'd love to see a crochet version! Let me know if you end up making one. :)

@ Fadas de Luz: Obrigado!

Laurie Haynes Burlington said...

I made these today for a house warming gift. Thanks for the inspiration!