Free tutorial: how to make fabric yo-yo’s or Suffolk puffs

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Fabric Yo-yo’s or Suffolk puffs as I call them are a lovely way to use up the little scraps of fabric you have left over from your textile projects. I have seen many different ways of using them and one of my favourites is to make them into statement jewellery.

So I have put together a little tutorial on how to make these quick and easy beauties 🙂

You will need
Scraps of fabric
Scissors
Needle
Thread

Optional extras
Something circular to draw around and a pencil
Beads
Buttons
Sequins

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Cut out a circle of fabric (you can draw around something circular to help)

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Thread your needle in a matching colour (I used a contrasting colour so you could see what I am doing … Plus I wanted a contrast to sew the button on with.)

Tie a knot in the end of your thread.

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Now… Think like a pixie …
Sew a tiny little equally sized running stitch around the outer edge, close but not too close as the fabric will fray later.

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Go all the way round. As you can see it is pulling together already!

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Pull gently on the thread easing the fabric into a gather

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This is the part where most people panic and think they have failed! Don’t worry it’s meant to do this!

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Flatten out the fabric and keep gently gathering until it is all pulled together as tight as can be. (This will vary deciding on what fabric you use.)

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Add an embellishment to the centre. I have used a button here, but they look really nice with beads and sequins too! It’s all down to playing, experimenting and having fun!

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