Quite a few of the Design Team made the project kit add on this month. I know when midnight rolls around we are going to see a few different takes on the fabric flower.
I love making fabric flowers, and one of my favorite quick and easy ones is the yo-yo flower! For one thing, its called a yo-yo flower, that totally makes me smile and think of Eazy-E. When you make it without a hem, it is a quick and easy embellishment to any project.
Here's my process:
1) Find a circle for a template. This is a random chipboard circle that I had lying around, but I've used all sorts of things in the past including a punch like this. The finished flower will be 1/2 the radius of the beginning circle.
2) Either trace the circle or just cut out around the circle template. I chose to trace the circle.
3) Cut out your circle! I love my cutterbee scissors, but I've also used these Tim Holtz scissors with excellent results.
4) String a needle with embroidery floss or bakers twine with a knot in the end. Sew a running stitch around the outside edge of your circle, leaving approximately 1/8th inch of fabric. Gathering fabric as you go.
You don't need to make a hem like you would on a quilt yo-yo, because we will be covering up the middle of our yo-yo.
5) In the end you will have a little drawstring bag.
6) Turn your bag into a flower with the gathered part in the center. Leave the floss and needle in place if you are sewing on a button. If not, tie off your floss.
7) Sew a button into the middle of your yo-yo, and voila, a yo-yo flower!!!
Here is my completed banner project for our new baby's room. There is a yo-yo flower between each flag. I used the Patchwork add-on along with papers from the other kits for the mini banner and letters. I used lime twine for the mini banner. I also added a spray of Lemon Mist on each of the flags.
Here are a couple of other uses for yo-yo flowers.