I'm back to shooting schedule this week and next before leaving town for a week. So, I'll be posting some this week, but not everyday as I have the kids full time and a few commitments this weekend that will require some attention during the week.
Like many of you, I've always got a mental list of 'projects' I want to start and ideally finish, but this one I wanted to share with you as it is an easier alternative to a traditional keepsake quilt.
I'm no seamstress. I can thread my sewing machine and sew a straight stitch like it's nobody's business, but the buck stops there. As much as I would love to concentrate more on improving my technique I'm just not that passionate about it.
Let me preface this project tutorial by telling you that I'm no packrat, but I am rather sentimental about certain objects - one of them being my kids clothes. When I recall events or milestones in their lives, I tend to associate them with the things they were wearing. I really wanted to create a keepsake for them using swatches from favorite shirts, but as you know I'm no seamstress so a traditional quilt is realistically not gonna happen. However, I've discovered the simplicity of yoyo quilts and I'm giving this a go. Yo yo quilts can be used as coverlets or you can affix them to a backing for a more traditional look. I haven't quite decided what I'll be doing, but I have plenty of time to decide as this will be a long on-going project.
The basics: Creating a fabric yoyo
1. Cut a template out of cardstock of a circle with a 4 inch diameter. Use this template to trace and cut circles out of your fabric. In my case, I'm using my son's shirts.
6. You may have to loosen the pull just a little to get this cute, flat, puckered yoyo. Be sure you secure a good knot before cutting off the needle and thread. Here's a handy video I found on the web to show you how to properly do this. My tie-off technique is far from proper.
This is a fabric yoyo
And then I will sew the three lines together to make a yoyo block!
This is not an overnight project by any means, but I've loved working on it because it's such a portable project. In the afternoons, when I take the kids outside to play I take my stuff with me and work on it while they play. It is very relaxing and it's a great feeling to make something with my own hands that my son will be able to treasure in future years.
I hope some of you will try this!