Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 day photo challenge - day 10: something i made

behold my newest alohaneener creation!  i discovered random nicole at one of the renegade handmade craft fairs and signed up for her newsletter.  i love that she includes free  DIY projects like this yoyo necklace.  i went against my initial urge to make it matchy matchy and instead used a variety of colors, patterns, and materials.  i like how it came out.  check out the tutorial below! 

how to make a yoyo necklace
what you need:
-hand-sewing needle
-fabric scraps cut into various size circles around 2-5 inches in diameter
-necklace chain & clasp

what to do: 

1. hold one fabric circle so the printed side is down
2. fold over about a 1/4 of an inch of the edge of fabric from bottom to top so you can see a bit of the printed side on the back of the fabric
3. thread your needle and do a running stitch (push the needle through the fabric from bottom to top then from top to bottom) repeat the running stitch around the circle
4. once you have sewn around the whole circle, pull the thread until your circle puckers (it will look like a pouch) and knot the tail of the thread from where you started with the tail of the thread with the needle on it.  knot it 2 more times
5. now pull the sides out from the center and flatten the pouch.
6. you have your first yo-yo!
7. repeat this for your other fabric circles until all the fabric circles are yo-yo's
8. design your necklace- pick 3 yo-yo's for the top line and arrange the rest below them in a 'v' pattern
9. once decided how to arrange your yo-yo's, slightly overlap the first two in the top left corner and sew a few stitches on the back side to connect them.
10. now sew the last one in the top row to the first two and sew the remaining yo-yo's together as well, making sure to overlap each one a bit.
11. stitch one end of each side of the chain to the top of each side of the 'v' of your yo-yo collage.
12. put your new necklace on and marvel at your craftiness!

   how to photos

1 comment:

  1. I really like this necklace and it looks like fun to make. Gonna have to try making one!