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Monday, March 12, 2012


Yo-yo’s are one of the easiest fabric crafts to make and a great way to use up fabric scraps. They're also the featured craft in Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, the next book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, but you'll have to wait until January for that! However, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here's a quick and easy shamrock pin made from three yo-yo’s. For those of you who are frequent visitors to Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, you might remember this craft from last year, but I thought it was cute enough and appropriate enough to repeat it here today.  -- AP

scrap of green print fabric
fabric pen
quilting thread
sewing needle
three lt. green 3/8” buttons
12” DMC 6160 green Memory Thread
fabric glue
 glue gun and glue sticks

Using the compass, draw a 4” diameter circle on the cardboard. Cut out the circle.

Using the cardboard circle as a template, draw three circles on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the circles.

With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, fold the edge over 1/4". Using a running stitch, sew around the entire circle close to the fold line. Pull the thread tightly so the fabric cinches up. Flatten and shape the yo-yo. Run the needle through the center back. Now stitch a button over the center of each hole.

Arrange the three yo-yo’s as shown in the photo with then overlapping each other slightly. On the wrong side, tack the yo-yos in place.

To form stem, twist the ends of three 10” pieces of Memory Thread, then braid. Fold braid in half and twist together from fold out to ends. Twist cut ends together, securing with a dab of fabric glue. Allow to dry.

Using the glue gun, glue the cut ends of the stem just below the center back of the shamrock. Glue the pin back in place, centered directly above the stem.

Whether you’re Irish or not, do you put on the green for St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s hear from you. Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Jane R said...

This is so cute! I have always loved St Pat's Day and looked forward to wearing green to school. One year a friend showed up with green hair. It was a great idea, until it rained while we were on the playground and she looked like an alien from outer space, with a green face and green clothes!


Jane, this is so funny! I hope someone took a picture.

Jane R said...

Unfortunately I don't think there are any pictures.... just a great memory!