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Perfect for your living room or bedroom, these Yo Yo Pillows from Fiskars are great for adding some color and texture to your decor. Grab a whole bunch of fabric scraps and a handful of your favorite buttons to make these adorable pillows. Even beginning sewists can make these colorful pillows. This is a great way to use up those yo-yo's that you have lying around your craft stash...and these pillows also make great gifts for people moving into their first home or apartment.
- Cutting Mat 12" x 18"
- Coastal Colors Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24"
- Straight Rotary Blade 45 mm
- The Original Orange-Handled Scissors 8
- Fabric squares (or ready made yo-yo's) if you need to buy fabric, you'll need 1/8 of a yard of several coordinating patterns of fabric
- Smallest circle from the Super Sized Circles Shape Templates
- Embroidery needle
- 2-3 skeins of embroidery floss
- 2 1/2 yard cuts of fabric (for pillow)
- Fabric Pins
- Two 18" X 12" pieces of fabric
- Pillow stuffing or pillow form
- Sewing machine and supplies
- For the pillow shown you’ll need to trace and cut 25 circles of fabric. I recommend making a few extras, in case you don’t like the combination of patterns when you go to lie out your yo-yos, so you can quickly replace one or two.
- To stitch up each yo-yo, cut a 12" length of embroidery floss--you’ll be using all 6 strands. (Note: You can substitute 24" of all purpose-sewing thread and use it doubled.) Thread one end of your floss onto your needle leaving a 3" tail. Tie 2 or 3 knots in the other end.
- Hold the circle of fabric in your non-dominant hand with the wrong side facing up. Holding the needle in your dominant hand, insert the needle into the fabric approximately 1/8" from the edge.
- Bring the needle back up through the fabric approximately ¼" from the point of insertion. Again, it isn’t an exact science so it can be a little more or a little less than ¼" spaced stitches.
- Continue stitching with a ¼" straight stitch all the way around the perimeter of the circle. As you go along your stitches will start to gather a bit simply because your thread is only 12" long.
- When you reach full-circle, you’ll want to pull your thread taut to gather the stitches, allowing the material to gather in the center.
- You will need to loosen and adjust a bit to flatten the yo-yo out for a more visually appealing yo-yo.
- Add buttons or pom-poms using the same thread to sew them on. Knot thread off with a few knots on the back of the yo-yo. Trim excess thread.
- Now repeat that 24 more times until you end up with a whole mess of yo-yos.
- Set those aside and prepare your pillow fabrics.
- First you’ll need two ½ yard cuts of fabric. For the pillow front you’ll want to select a bottom-weight, canvas, or duck cloth fabric. For the back you’ll need to select a coordinating home décor or corduroy print.
- Cut off the selvage edge and square up your fabric for the pillow front to 18" square using your cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter.
- Fold your square in half vertically, then again horizontally to find the center of your fabric. Pin your first yo-yo in the center, then place two more on each side of the center spaced approximately ½" apart to create a horizontal line of yo-yos.
- Repeat going vertically.
- Then use your ruler to fill in the rest of the grid. Once all are place, you can baste each yo-yo, one at a time to the pillow front, making sure to just catch the back of the yo-yo fabric in your stitches so they remain unseen from the front.
- For the pillow back fabric you need two pieces cut to 18" x 12" to create your slipcover/envelope closure.
- Hem one 18” side on both pieces by folding over ¼" of the fabric and pressing with a warm iron, then folding over ¼" again. Using your machine, stitch a straight stitch along the length of the fold.
- Then, pin one un-hemmed side of the back to the pillow front right sides together.
- Next, flatten out the crease, and pin the hemmed ends to the pillow and fill in the sides with more pins.
- Repeat for the remaining piece.
- Then, start stitching around the perimeter of your pillow with a ½" seam allowance. I recommend starting where the envelope closure overlaps so your backstitching when you start and stop will add extra reinforcement.
- Once your have your seam sewn, clip your corners and threads. Clipping the corners helps create a crisp point at the corners when you turn your pillow right-side out. Inserting the point of your scissors or the blunt end of a skewer into the corner and gently pushing outward will help create your point.
- Now, insert your pillow form into your slipcover and fluff!
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