A Yo-Yo Valentine’s Project


Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Happy Valentines Day! We’ve got a great little project for you to help you celebrate this season. We’ve taken Sandy Gervais’, Pieces of the Heart pattern, called Flowers for Thee, and we’ve combined it with Deb Strain’s Sent with Love, to make this darling little project.

Right here, you take out your red swatches, frame it in, the pattern is really self explanatory and great. What I really want to show you are the yo-yo’s. For years I have not been a fan of, well you all know I’m really cheap. So, I try to not have to buy all those little things that we need to do things, but Sarah got me to try the yo-yo maker, and I’ve always thought, “Yo-yo
maker? Just cut it in a circle and sew it up.” But I used the yo-yo maker and I’m telling you, I am sold! A hundred times over! Let me show you how this works. I think you’ll be sold, too!

First, these are the pieces that you’ll need. This is the Yo-yo Clover package.
This is the two pieces that are in it. You want to keep this piece with the writing facing up where it says Clover. You’ll need a pair of scissors, and a needle and thread. You lay your fabric in this cap so that it shows right side out on the backside, and you snap this piece in. No more of the drawing a circle and trimming around, and now you just cut this so around like this. You don’t have to take your circle and draw it, you just cut it in. This
just makes the fastest, most fun yo-yo’s, I just can’t even tell you how sold I am on this project!

Then you’re going to take your needle and you see these little lines here. You go in one side and you just hold this down with your thumb, like this, and you’re going to go just back and forth through the little holes right there, and what you want to do is you want to make sure that you only go in and out the holes. Don’t let your thread go across the plastic or it’ll be hooked to that, but you just go in and out these little holes, and there’s little ridges on the other side that let your needle go through.

So, with your thumb you just fold that fabric down, and you keep going all the way around. Let’s see maybe I can show you better from this side. There we go. See, I’m holding it down with my finger in the back, and then I come up through this hole, right here on the front and stitch it over. You’ll continue doing that until you’re all the way around your whole yo-yo.

Alright, here we are in our last hole and we’re through there, and then what we’re going to do is we’re just going to push through this one, right here, we’re going to slide out this little orange piece, inside here, and then we’re just going to pull our thread and how easy is this! It just all cinches up like a yo-yo, and then you puff it out to make it the size you want, and we’re going to cinch that up. Look at that! It’s a perfect little yo-yo, and you didn’t have to do the tracing, or the cutting, you just cinch it up.

Look at that! Isn’t that darling! You just lay your fabric in there, cut it out, and stitch around it, and it makes the little folded edge and everything! We love this, and we’ve made several of them here.

The yo-yo makers come in several different sizes and as you can see, they come in a small, medium, a large, an extra large, and an extra small. So, especially when you are making those teeny, tiny ones you don’t have to cut out the fabric. You just lay that fabric in, clap that thing together, and stitch around it. It’s just the, I just love this yo-yo maker and I can see why people love it too! We have a lot of them for sale at the Missouri Star Quilt Company! Check us out!

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  • Apnurse236

    I like my yoyo maker too. Need ideas of what to do with them

    • Bobbie

      I made yo-yos and hot-glued them onto barrettes and onto pins bought in the jewelry making department at craft stores.I glued small placstic flowers or other embellishments in the center. I made them for our church Ladies Guild and we
      sold them at our Christmas Bazaar. They went really well. Can be created using
      any fabric for various holidays. What little girl doesn’t like flowers in her hair????

  • thinds

    Love this, can you show us how to attach to a quilt?

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jun 14 @ 3:29pm (UTC):

      Probably not very soon, but isn’t it cute!!!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Doris Root

    i just purchased the heart yo-yo and a few others I cant wait to try them out, so ty for doing a tutorial on how to make them