Yo Yo Christmas Tree Pillow

Yo Yo Christmas Tree Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fabric yo-yos are such a fun way to embellish your projects.
They’re cute to look at and easy to make!

The Quick Yo-Yo Maker makes sewing yo-yos a breeze!

Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Pillow

Supplies:

one throw pillow (I used a basic 18″ square pillow)
1/4 yard green fabric (I used Riley Blake Christmas Candy Green Damask)
2 – 5″ squares brown fabric (I used Bella Solids Moda U Brown)
1 – 5″ square yellow fabric (I used a basic satin, but any yellow fabric will do)
Quick Yo-Yo Maker
Thread
Needle
Pins
Scissors
Fabric Pencil

I mentioned that fabric yo-yos are easy to make and that
the Quick Yo-Yo Maker makes sewing yo-yos even easier!
Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced my yo-yo maker,
so I’ll be showing you how to sew yo-yos the old fashioned way.

First you’ll need to trace several circles onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Decide how big you want your yo-yos to be and then find a circle “template”.
You can use a bowl, a glass, a cd, something round that you can trace around.

Keep in mind that your finished yo-yo will be half the size of your template.
I used a small cereal bowl as my template. My finished yo-yos will be about 2″.

For this project you will need to trace and cut out 9 green circles, 2 brown circles and 1 yellow circle.

You can sew your yo-yo with a raw or finished edge.
For this particular project I’d like a raw edge, but I will show you how to do it both ways.

For a Raw Edge:

Thread your needle and knot your thread. With the wrong side of fabric facing you, sew a simple running stitch around the perimeter of your circle.

Your circle will begin to gather as you sew.

When you’ve stitched all the way around your circle slowly pull your thread and gather your edges to the center.

Stitch up and down in the center to secure your yo-yo, then knot and tie off.

That’s it! Easy peasy!

For a Finished Edge:

Thread your needle and knot your thread.
With the wrong side of fabric facing you, fold the edge over about a 1/4 inch and sew a simple running stitch through your fold around the edge of your circle.

Continue folding the edge over and stitching close to the edge.

Your yo-yo will gather as you sew.

When you’ve stitched all the way around the perimeter of your circle slowly pull your thread and gather your edges to the center.

Stitch up and down in the center to secure your yo-yo, then knot and tie off.

The end result of the finished edge yo-yo is just a little bit different from the
yo-yo with the raw edge.
Both are simple to make and super cute, it just depends on what look you’re going for.

Continue sewing your yo-yos until you’ve completed all 12.

This is a great project to do while you’re watching tv, waiting in the car pool lane at school, sitting at the doctor’s office, traveling, etc.

After you’ve finished all your yo-yos arrange them on your pillow in a Christmas tree shape,
using the 2 brown yo-yo’s for the tree trunk, 4 green yo-yos for the base of the tree, then 3 green, then 2 green, and the yellow yo-yo on top for the star.

Carefully stitch the yo-yos onto the pillow, removing the pins as you sew.

If you’re incredibly lazy pressed for time you could glue the yo-yos to your pillow with a hot glue gun, like I did!

You could add buttons to the center of your yo-yos if you’d like.
I skipped extra embellishments, for once and went for a simple look.

I just love the way my pillow turned out!

Yo Yo Christmas Tree Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

It will certainly add some holiday cheer to my living room sofa!

Yo Yo Christmas Tree Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Whether you use your yo-yo pillow for holiday decorating or
give it to a friend for a fun Christmas gift, I hope you enjoy making it.

Crafting with yo-yos provides endless hours of fun!
What else will you make with your yo-yos?

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    that is super cute!!!!

  2. Alice
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for showing how to do a yoyo. I think I can make your beautiful tree pillow.

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