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In Dreams . . .

October 28, 2007

So I’m sure your dreams are rich, exciting, and filled with psycho-analytic glamour.  Mine, as it happens, are filled with craft projects.  Last night, for example, I conjured up this fabric yo yo embellishment for one of Little Sunshine’s tee shirts.  Luckily, Baggy had a charm pack of fabric from our local quilt shop which featured five colorways of the same sweet little sunburst pattern–just the right number to make my dream come true.

Cool tricks that make yo yos easier: 

1.  Your unfinished fabric circle should have twice the desired diameter of your finished yo yo.  These circles were 3″ in diameter before gathering, resulting in a tidy 1.5″ yo yo. 

2.  Cut freezer paper circles and iron them on to the wrong side of fabric of your choice.  I love freezer paper!  It sticks to the fabric once ironed, but is easy and satisfying to peel off.

3.  Mark a 1/2″ seam allowance around the edge of your freezer paper circle with Crayola washable fine-point marker.  They are way cheaper than fancy-pants fabric markers, come in a variety of colors, and disappear completely when washed.

4.  Use plenty of spray starch and a hot iron to turn your seam allowance under, using the freezer paper as a guideline.  Once they’ve cooled, carefully peel the freezer paper off the fabric.

5.  Gather the edge of your circle and pull it tight.  Voila!  A very tidy yo yo.

With a little bit of embroidery, I turned mine into a little garden. 

Sweet dreams, baby! 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Fothergill permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:49 am

    Mickey and I were wondering exactly when you get time to do all this … or is this stuff you do when you can’t sleep?

    I’m mightily impressed however it is you manage to do all your crafty stuff.

  2. melyndahuskey permalink*
    October 29, 2007 10:14 pm

    I’m happy to say that I did this project entirely during daylight hours–which is unusual for me, Mr. Lucas. (Yes, yes, it is, Mr. Humphries.) I do get a lot done between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., once the kids are asleep. But this was a very speedy little project, I’m glad to say!

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