I like to change the wreaths on my front door with the seasons. This year I decided to take an old craft (fabric yo-yo’s) and give it a modern look. Fabric yo-yo’s are known to have been made as early as the 1600’s in England. They were very popular in the United States during the 1920’s and 1930’s in making quilts.
I’ll take you now through the steps of this wreath. You’ll need a piece of styrofoam, wood skewers and scrap fabric. Optionally you might want buttons or embellishments for the yo-yo’s and spray paint.
First I cut out a circle from an old piece of styrofoam.
Then using a tape measure, I marked where I wanted my wood skewers to be inserted.
I measured and cut 2 different sizes of skewers.
I used a low-temp glue gun when inserting the skewers, and then spray painted.
Then I made the yo-yo’s in 2 different sizes. You can purchase Yo-Yo Makers at any craft center, or if you’re more skillful than I am, you can make them without one.
Place your fabric wrong side up, in between the 2 parts of the yo-yo maker, lining up one of the lines of the top part to one of the tabs on the bottom part. Snap it shut.
Trim your fabric leaving about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch showing.
Push a threaded needle through one of the small holes in the yo-yo maker, and pull tight.
Pass your needle back through at the end of the curved opening.
Continue passing needle through curves all around the maker.
Make your last needle pass down where you originally started.
Pop the two circles apart.
Pull the fabric off the circle.
Now pull on your needle, gathering the fabric tight…
until you have a yo-yo. Tie off a knot in an inconspicuous place, and cut thread.
Once my yo-yo’s were all done, I just hot glued them onto the styrofoam and skewers. I also glue gunned the buttons and tiny mirrors on.
And there you have it!
I hope this was helpful.