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the simple yo-yo...

... is there anything else that reminds you more of grandma's house? Those summer throws on her big comfy bed with a colorful garden of fabric blooming all over it. Running your finger over each one and reminiscing where all the little circles came from...this one a dress she made for you last summer and that one an old pillowcase you used to sleep on. I've said before that I love their old-fashioned quaintness.

Makes you remember quieter days, doesn't it?

Although when you say yo-yo, my mind always pictures a quilt, there are many talented sewers who have come up with all kinds of ways to use them. But first, we have to learn how to make one. Follow step by step with Heather Bailey...

...then start with a simple flower pin from Michaels. These have needlefelted centers.

Make some more and stitch them on a handtowel from Creative Needle. The pdf file is here. I love how the yo-yo flowers match the flowers in the fabric.

Embellish with some beads and ribbons, add a little quilting and you have the sweetest little wall hanging. From Quamut.

Soule Mama shows you how to add some rick-rack and create a festive garland. This one reminds me of Christmas...

...while Debbie Mumm made pumpkins for fall!

Or just hang them from ribbon to make breezy summer curtains. This pdf file from Clover shows you how to let the sunshine in! They have more patterns from wine sacks to little trees to hair ornaments. After all, they are the creators of the yo-yo maker.

Penny Sanford makes tiny hearts...

...while Family Corner makes tiny angels.

Take a peek at all the inspiration from Clover in Japan. It's written in Japanese but there's pdf files for all the projects and I'm sure you can figure it out from those. I love this tea cozy .

There are dozens of quilt patterns that use yo-yo's, but I couldn't close this post without sharing one of my favorites. Oodles of Poodles created by Elizabeth Creed can be purchased at Sew Thankful. How cute is this? Enjoy!

"I loved Grandma's home. Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma had baked itself into the furniture." ~Susan Strasberg


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