When Mr. Mac and I first started dating, he learned how to do several basic tricks with a good old Duncan Yo-Yo. I remember watching him and my roommates boyfriend (husband now) do tricks like Walk the Dog, The Sleeper and Rock the Baby. He even had a cool light-up one! We still have several of those old Yo-Yo's laying around. And I even have a Duncan Glow-in-the-Dark Yo-Yo from my childhood!
I recently learned how to make a different kind of Yo-Yo out of fabric. This is a GREAT way to use up some old fabric scraps. It's also an easy 'take-a-long' project to do while you are waiting on your child during dance class or a sport practice. There are many things you can do with these once made. Recently, I made several hair clips out of them for our church's 'Martha's Market' sale.
First, cut a circle from fabric. The circle size depends on how large or small you want your Yo-Yo, I prefer a 6 inch circle and I just use an regular kitchen bowl to trace around on the fabric.
Next, fold over the edge about 1/4 inch and sew a running stitch along the edge. Make sure you have enough thread to go around the whole circle and make sure the knot at the beginning is secure.
Once you sew all around the edge, start to pull the thread and gather the fabric.
Keep gathering until it makes a small circle and sew a few stitches to tack it in place and hold the gathers. And there you have a Yo-Yo!
You can leave it like this, but I like to sew a large button or two in the middle and cover the hole. I then take this and glue to a covered alligator clip to make a hair bow.
Here are several clips I made for the church sale.