How to make fall acorns from vintage, fabric yo-yos

I have a few easy, fall crafts planned for this week, all with an acorn theme. I decided to share the Vintage, Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns first. It seemed fitting to share the Yo-Yo Acorns first, as I purchased these yo-yos when Sizzix designer Eileen Hull visited this summer. And just this week, Eileen embarked on her third Paper Trail, taking her craft classes on the road again. So, in honor of Eileen’s latest adventure, here are the Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns.

So pretty, and perfect for fall. These are made with vintage yo-yos, and you could make your own with other fabrics, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.When Eileen was in town, we went to a few second-hand shops, and I found two little bags of vintage fabric yo-yos. The fabric patterns and colors made us think that they might be from the 1940s. Their rich colors are perfect for fall, and I knew immediately what I was going to make with them.

Vintage fabric yo-yos, ready for crafting. CraftsnCoffee.com

I found these beautiful, vintage fabric yo-yos in a second-hand store.

I had a few qualms when I glued these beautiful yo-yos onto the foam eggs. Was I doing the right thing? I also wondered who might have made them so many years ago, and what she might have planned to do with them.

Vintage yo-yo detail. CraftsnCoffee.com

The yo-yos are beautifully made, and the colors perfect for fall.

I was pretty lucky to find these yo-yos, and if you don’t have the same luck, you can DIY your own. Fabric designer Heather Bailey shares an easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own fabric yo-yos, so that’s a good place to start. There are many other online tutorials for making fabric yo-yos but I really love Heather Bailey’s fabrics, and it gives me an excuse to go to her site and look around. So much pretty eye candy!

To make a Fabric Yo-Yo Acorn, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball and 5” egg
  • Fabric yo-yos, assorted sizes and colors
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. (for the acorn cap)
  • Twig, about 3” long (for the stem)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; teaspoon; straight pins
Materials needed to make beautiful, Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll need a 4″ ball, 5″ egg, fabrics for the acorn caps, and of course, fabric yo-yos.

To make a Fabric Yo-Yo Acorn:

1. Slice your ball so that you have two slightly unequal halves, or about 2/5 and 3/5. You’ll use the larger half for the acorn cap.

How to slice a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll cut the ball into uneven halves, about 2/5 and 3/5. Use the larger half for the acorn cap.

2. Slice off about 1/5 from the narrow end of the egg. Roll the egg on a tabletop to compress it and make it a little smaller.

3. Using the teaspoon, scoop out the middle from the half ball. This will accommodate the excess fabric.

How to carve out a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Scoop out the acorn cap, making room for the fabrics.

3. Cut a square of fabric to fit around the half ball. Smooth the fabric over the rounded side of the half ball, and pin and glue the fabric to the flat side of the ball, and into the depression you carved out.

4. Glue yo-yos onto the egg, covering it completely.

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

6. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the acorn cap. Insert and glue a twig stem into the acorn cap.

DIY these gorgeous acorns with vintage fabric yo-yos. See how on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you DIY your own fabric yo-yos, you can choose your favorite fall fabrics.

If you’d like to meet Eileen Hull and attend one of her classes, be sure to check her schedule to see if you’re on the Paper Trail. This time, Eileen and her vintage trailer Scotty are traveling along the east coast to Florida, and then across the country to California. Maybe there’s a class near you!

Designer and author Eileen Hull making a stop along the Paper Trail. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Eileen Hull and her vintage trailer are off on Paper Trail #3, bringing crafty fun across the country.

I’ll have more acorn inspiration later this week. See you Thursday!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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  9. Darlene says:

    Love your acorn creation, so unique and a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sar Tann says:

    I love acorn and I love this idea. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  11. These are really awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you like them, Barb. I thought the subtle colors were so pretty, and perfect for fall. Are you starting to see any fall colors in the trees yet? Sharon

  12. annehaun says:

    These are adorable!

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