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