Sew a Yo-Yo Doily

  • 01 of 06

    Materials & Layout

    Laying out yo-yos
    Yo-Yo Doily. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Sewing yo-yos together without having lumps and bunches of fabric takes a bit of careful hand sewing. Sewing yo-yos together can seem tricky. These instructions will guide you through the process of attaching yo-yos for an item such as a yo-yo doily or other yo-yo sewing project while keeping the fabric smooth so that the yo-yo is the only gathered fabric.


    Materials



    Layout


    • Layi...MOREng out the yo-yos is not as simple as it seems. Understanding Color Values will help lay out a pleasing design.
    • I found it best to take digital photos as I played with a variety of layouts. Seeing the images on a monitor surprised me with lines of color that I didn't see as I was laying out the yo-yos. I numbered my layouts and even gathered opinions from friends via email and facebook. (Friend me on Facebook) The photo shown here is just four of the options.
    • Print out the desired layout as a guide, or draw a guide to follow. It is easy to lose track of where your design is going.

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  • 02 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1
    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Thread the needle with invisible thread and knot the thread. Using a needle threader with invisible thread makes the task easier.
    • Place the needle through the center opening in the yo-yo bringing the needle out where you will be attaching the next yo-yo, so that the knot is hidden inside the yo-yo.

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  • 03 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2
    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Bring the needle in and out of the side of the next yo-yo. The size of the yo-yo will determine the size of your stitch. The smaller the area that will butt up to the next yo-yo, the smaller the hand stitch you will make at each stitch.

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  • 04 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3
    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Bring the needle back into the first yo-yo, snugging the thread to make the yo-yos line up to each other, laying smoothly on a flat surface, without them bunching or forming a lump of fabric.
    • Repeat for extra security, so the yo-yos are securely attached to each other.
    • Bring the needle out on the side where you will be attaching the next yo-yo.

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  • 05 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4
    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Repeat the procedure to attach the rest of the yo-yos.
    • I found it easiest to join rows of two yo-yos together and then join them to other set of two rows. 
    • Keeping them in a tote bag that could travel when I did, allowed me to work on the project when I was waiting in a doctor's office or when I was waiting in the car for one of the kids. Sew Tote Bags 

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  • 06 of 06

    Why Use Invisible Thread

    Why use Invisible Thread
    Why use Invisible Thread. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Invisible thread does take some getting used to but when joining multiple colors of yo-yos it can't be beat! Using a single color thread allows for any errors to dramatically stand out, which is much less visible if you use invisible thread.


    Tips for Using Invisible Thread


    • Use a quality brand. Is There a Difference in Thread? You Be the Judge!
    • Use un-aged invisible thread. If the invisible thread is yellowed or insists on staying in the shape of the spool, throw it out. It will increase your...MORE frustration to use it.
    • Invisible thread is available in light and dark. Use dark tone invisible thread for dark fabrics and clear invisible thread for light color fabrics.