not your grandma’s yo-yo’s

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not your grandma’s yo-yo’s

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Are you like me, buying lots of “one-use” gadgets for your sewing? If so, you probably have at least one of those Clover brand yo-yo makers in your sewing room somewhere. Maybe it’s a basic circle, for the traditional yo-yo shape. Or perhaps you went for one of the unusual ones-the heart, or the pentagonal flower, or the butterfly.

Here’s a clever use of those tools, from the designers at Nancy’s Notions. Nancy demonstrates in this video how to use those yo-yo tools for a smocked effect. This really got my creative juices flowing. What can I do with this idea? The holidays are on the horizon-this effect makes a simple technique look quite glamorous. I love those kinds of things, don’t you? Sometimes it’s so easy to fool the recipient of your gift into thinking it took hours to make it, and quite a bit of skill. I’ll never tell–we’ll make it our secret!


  1. Karen G says:

    Very neat idea! i just might have to try this, since I have most all the yo-yo makers already. Thanks ME

  2. kquilt17 says:

    Very neat idea! I’ll have to try this since I have almost all the yo-yo makers. Thanks ME

    • Mary Ellen says:

      I only have a variety of circle yo-yo makers but I’m thinking this could be a lovely idea for Christmas. Particularly the brooch idea at the end of the video.

  3. Marie says:

    this should be a workshop

    • Mary Ellen says:

      good idea-are you offering to teach it? (LOL) Let’s see if anyone offers to be the emcee for the workshop.

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