Yo-yos are fabric circles that are stitched around the edges, gathered and flattened. A finished yo-yo looks similar to a round flower or button. This stuffed yo-yo wreath ornament takes the yo-yo construction a step further by adding stuffing to each one. The dimensional yo-yos were then strung together and formed into a ring shape. The results look like a miniature puffy wreath. Added to a Christmas tree, these ornaments create a welcoming touch to your holiday festivities.
Things You Will Need:
Fabric (small amount)
Hand sewing needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Trace a 4 1/2-inch circle on lightweight cardboard using a compass. Cut out the circle. This is the pattern for your yo-yos.
Lay your fabric choice on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. Place the yo-yo pattern on the fabric and trace around it using a marking pen. Repeat 11 more times for a total of 12 circles. Cut out the fabric circles.
Hand sew a running stitch around the edge of one circle, 1/4 inch from the edge. Gather the thread to form a pocket. Fill the pocket with stuffing. Gather the opening closed and knot to hold. Do not cut the thread. The gathers are the top. Insert the needle down through the top and out through the bottom of the fabric ball. Reinsert the needle beside the exiting thread on the bottom and back out the top. Pull the thread to create a dimple in the center of the stuffed yo-yo. Knot and cut the thread. Note: The yo-yo will resemble a doughnut without the hole.
Repeat Step 3 with the remaining fabric circles.
Thread an embroidery needle with crochet thread. Knot the thread 6 inches from one end. Insert the needle through the center of one stuffed yo-yo and slide it down the thread to the knot. Continue to add the remaining yo-yos. Cut the thread 6 inches from the last yo-yo added.
Bring the two 6-inch ends together. Cinch to create a ring of stuffed yo-yos. Knot and trim off the excess thread.
Cut an 8-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide ribbon that coordinates with your fabric. Fold the ribbon in half, matching the cut ends. Apply hot glue between two stuffed yo-yos. Insert the cut ends of the ribbon and press the yo-yos together. Hold the yo-yos until the glue has cooled. The looped ribbon is the hanger for your ornament.
Cut a 12-inch length from more 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow. Lay the wreath ornament on your work surface. Apply a dot of hot glue to the back of the bow. Place the bow on the side of the wreath, just below the hanging loop. Trim the bow ends.
Christmas fabric seems like the natural choice for the wreath, but fabric scraps of any design or color can be used to coordinate with your home or holiday decorations.