DIY Fabric Yo-yo Necklace

I have this red knit tunic which had a very nice shade of red with some luster in the fibers.  When it was brand new it looked great.  But, after washing it, somehow it stretched in all directions that it looks more like an over-sized dress on me now.  I can’t wear it anymore.  I was thinking of upcycling it into a shirt but was hesitant that it would just stretch further.  So I just set it aside until I found some other purpose for it.

When I made a bag for my aunt with the fabric yo-yos,  I remembered about the red knit fabric of my tunic and thought that it would be great to work on for the yo-yos.  So I did just that today…At first I was planning on making some and store them for future bag projects but  had an idea that they would be nice as accessories too!  I have very few red in my wardrobe which are mostly blacks and whites so adding a splash of red through accessories would put some statement to them.

For the fabric yo-yo necklace I used:

red knit fabric (my tunic)

pearl beads (different sizes)

circle templates (small and big)

needle and coordinating thread for the fabric

felt for the backing

glue gun

jump rings to connect fabric yo-yos to chain

suede or chain with adjustable lobster clasp

just a teeny weeny bit of creativity

First I traced the circular templates on the fabric, 2 small and 3 big ones.  Then I folded the edges and chain-stitched all around, pulling the thread afterwards to gather the fabric.

I flattened the fabric secured the thread on the back and sewed a pearl bead in the center.  I  did the same to all the other pieces and connected each of them with thread and pasted them on felt backing with glue gun.

I then secured the jump rings to the ends of the felt and attached the suede cord with lobster clasp.



DIY Fabric labels


As you have seen, I’ve been sewing these bags as gifts, each of which I think are very special if you consider the time and effort I spend in making them. You should consider yourself a very special person to me if you receive one of the things I make :D. They are certainly not the Louis Vuittons or Chanels you so desire but I do think there is a different kind of joy in receiving such handmade gifts.

So, I just thought it would be much nicer to add a really personal touch to each creation by attaching a label or logo that says it’s unique and made by me. But I don’t have professional software nor any budget or experience in making such.  I figured maybe I could find some do it yourself tutorials in the Net…and I certainly did!  I  found a good one at Sewdelicious.

It’s one of the easiest and cheapest , in my opinion, because the template was done using a web-based software like Picmonkey. All you need is a printer and iron-on fabric or print sheet made for your printer and a little creativity.

Here’s what I made…

Zippered Buttercup Bag with Fabric Yo-yos

Yes, this is another buttercup bag. And, no, I’m not yet tired of making bags out of this pattern. It’s a perfect pattern to practice on and try variations. This time I was brave and confident enough of my sewing skills to add a zipper to it!

It’s not just a zipper, it’s a RECESSED ZIPPER which I think is a milestone for a self-taught sewist like me (and maybe one that makes me deserve a pat on the back?  No?)  Well, it is really much better than the magnetic snap, in my opinion, and it’s cheaper. I also made two straps, front and back, instead of just one at the sides. And because I’ve been meaning to try making fabric yoyos, I finally did it!

Aren’t they just the cutest little things?

This bag goes to Aunt number 2 who celebrates her birthday tomorrow…

Kanzashi Hair Clip

Using the same fabric as my bag, I made a hair clip. As with most of my past projects, it makes use of something recycled from one of my belongings, this time it’s the back clip to which the fabric is attached. It used to have an acrylic piece on it but got broken but the clip was still usable so I attached it to this new piece…

My 7 year-old took these back view shots