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Materials & Layout
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.
- Basic Yo-Yos to make the size doily that you want to make.
- Invisible Thread
- A fine hand sewing needle - Hand Sewing Needles
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- Laying 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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Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2
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- 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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Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3
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- 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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Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4
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- 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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Why Use Invisible Thread
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 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.