Every month Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! shares a new project featuring one of our current fabric collections. You can see Elizabeth’s beautiful quilts, bags and other sewn items on her blog. She has a knack for pairing just the right collection with an innovative project idea. Today’s Yo-Yo rosettes give a traditional hand sewing technique a modern feel. In case you’ve missed any of Elizabeth’s other fantastic free monthly tutorials, you can find them here: July, June, May, April, March, February, January. Elizabeth also has unique PDF patterns for sale in her Etsy shop.
From Elizabeth: Hand Sewing Month is a great time for projects using fabric yo-yo rosettes. They’re easy to make and look great made from Michele D’Amore’s Porcelina collection!
Coverlets and other household items made by joining these rosettes were popular during the first half of the twentieth century. If you’ve never tried to make a yo-yo yourself, you might be surprised how easy it is! As a bonus, it’s a portable project that doesn’t require many supplies– perfect for commuters or relaxing with a good movie.
This month’s PDF Pattern Download includes instructions for making yo-yo rosettes and using them in simple projects, including a brooch and a small pillow.
For my pillow, I made yo-yo rosettes from Firefly Dot and Dot Mosaic. The pillow is backed with Butterflies on Cream. The pretty, muted colors in this collection are at home with both traditional and more contemporary decor.
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