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The Humble Little YoYo

What was once considered an old-fashioned quilters technique has now become popular as an embellishment for everything from clothing to soft home furnishings. Yoyo making is an easy technique to learn. Each yoyo is made by gathering a circle of fabric around the edges and bringing the gathers up to the center.

Yoyo's can become a beautiful embellishment by varying the sizes and materials, adding buttons or jewels or by combining them in interesting patterns.

To speed up yoyo making use a grommet or button press to cut out the circles.

Yoyo embellished cocktail dress found at Sak's.

Button yoyo's used for tufting a quilted coverlet. Susan W. Schurz www.tavernhill.net

Feminine yoyo belt from www.etsy.com could make a lovely tieback for simple curtains.

Spacing silk yoyo's along a tailored banding brings a unique look to the leading edge of a panel by Susan W. Schurz

Creative yoyo assortment from www.calamitykim.typepad.com

Pretty pumpkin faux silk panels with button yoyo leading edge.
Toni Hollinsgworth, A Fresh Approach, Columbia, SC.

Monochromatic wool yoyo pillow www.etsy.com

Black and white yoyo collection www.etsy.com

Elegant yoyo handbag www.etsy.com

Simplicity historic dress pattern with yoyo embellished skirt overlay.

Fun with the classic Duncan Yoyo and cello with Classic Yo-Yo Ma.

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