Saturday, 9 June 2012
How to make fabric puffs / fabric yo-yos tutorial
I've made a few fabric yo-yos for my lovely blogging friend, Beki here, and two other online friends - A, who hasn't a blog, but you know who you are! and P at the fabulous Painting New Memories - have asked what they are, so I thought I'd put together a quick tutorial, as they are so easy and quick to make up. I think they thought I was trying to make a toy yo-yo from fabric (that's set me thinking, mind). But these aren't toys. They are also known as fabric puffs, and Suffolk puffs, and have been around for a long, long time.
First you need a circle of fabric. Use anything. I've used a favourite wine glass. There's a story about this wine glass, but I won't get distracted. :) Your finished yo-yo will end up roughly half the size of the original circle, so if you want 1 1/2 inch yo-yos, use a 3 inch circle.
Draw around it with pencil, biro, whatever - felt pen's not really ideal though as could bleed into the cotton. Then cut out your circle.
Now knot a long thread, and turn over a scant 1/4 inch hem. You need to hem around the edge.
Use running stitches. Doesn't have to be exact. All you need to remember is, if you make the stitches longer, the centre of your yo-yo will be tighter. If you want open centres, make the stitches smaller.
I've used big here.
Once you've gone all around the edge, and created a tiny hem, draw up the thread tight and secure with a couple of stitches. Then flatten out the puff, easing the drawn bit into the centre.
And voila. They are cute, and useful for decorating all sorts of things.
These are Beki's, and I can't wait to see how she's going to use them. I hope the tute's been useful for some. I admire people who have managed to make a quilt sized cover out of them. There's some fascinating information about them here. Take a look at the picture of the quilt on that link!