How to Make a Yo-Yo Handbagcomments (15) October 17th, 2008
This tutorial makes use of an existing handbag pattern, which was generously posted on the Liesl Made blog. Liesl graciously gave me permission to adapt it with yo-yos. Visit there for the steps to make the bag. Or, if you prefer a different design, you can add yo-yos to any handbag pattern you like.
What you'll need:
- Cotton fabrics, assorted colors (for yo-yos)
- Clover yo-yo maker (optional)
- Hand-sewing needle
- Coordinating thread
- 1/2 yard each inner and outer fabric (for handbag)
- 1 yard cotton cording
- Sewing machine
- Seam ripper
First, of course, you'll need to make a lot of yo-yos! This design needed 74 of them, made in assorted fabrics. If you like to make your yo-yos by hand, check out Heather Bailey's definitive tutorial.
Or, you might try the Clover yo-yo maker, pictured above. This little wonder-device makes perfect yo-yos quickly and easily. Mary Ray has posted a nice glimpse into how they work here on CraftStylish. I used the large-size Clover maker for this project—it makes about 1-1/2-inch-diameter yo-yos.
Here's a simple way to determine visually how many yo-yos you'll need for your bag: Lay out the cut pieces and line up the yo-yos on them, placing them in the same configuration in which they'll be on the finished bag. Be sure to leave the seam allowance your pattern calls for around all edges. Make a few extra yo-yos in case you need them later.
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