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Recently, I have been decorating a guest bedroom for foreign exchange students with a series of projects in a neutral palette. I recently wrote about a modern Yo-Yo wall hanging I completed. To read about the construction and see the finished project, please click here.


After changing my mind about some fabric colors in the wall hanging, I had five leftover rows of Yo-Yos (see photo below). They were so disappointed to be left out of the wall hanging, I promised them they would be used in a coordinating pillow. So, this weekend I kept my promise!


My supplies included:


The pillow form measured 12" x 22", so I added 1/2" all around, and cut the front piece at 13" x 23". The five rows of Yo-Yos were whip stitched  together as one unit - as I did for the Yo-Yo wall hanging. After securing the five rows to the pillow front with Wonder Tape, I used Essential thread to tack each Yo-Yo to the pillow front, tying knots at the beginning and end of all the tacking stitches.


To make the envelope back, I cut two pieces 13" (the height plus seam allowances) x 16" (2/3 of the pillow length plus 1-1/2"). I folded one short end on each back piece over about 3/4" to the WS, folded again another 3/4", and used a decorative stitch to sew the folded edges. Truthfully, I meant to make French seams but forgot because my sewing machine was sounding terrible. I overlapped the folded edges of the two back pieces and sewed them to the front with a 1/2" seam. I clipped the corners and turned the pillow RS out. A Point 2 Point Turner helped me get sharp points in the corners. After the pillow form was inserted, the corners seemed a little empty so I added some polyester fiberfill stuffing.



Now the new Yo-Yo pillow, nestled in a old green recliner covered with a brown slipcover, adds some style to a comfortable corner of the guest bedroom. Plus, I feel good about keeping my promise!  ;-)

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Comment by Ann Johnson on May 4, 2015 at 9:15am

Gae, I enjoy making Yo-Yos too! I find they make a good take-along project to keep my hands busy. 3,400 is a huge number! I thought 250 was lot...and I was talking to them by then!

Comment by Gae on April 29, 2015 at 5:49pm

Ann~I love yo-yos!  I have been making the church raffle quilt for several years now and about five years ago it was a twin size yo-yo quilt, there were over 3.400 yo-yos, that year it seemed like all I did was sew yo-yos!

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 28, 2015 at 5:19pm

Beautiful projects. I love yo yos! Your guests will surely enjoy their stays with you.

Comment by Ann Johnson on April 28, 2015 at 4:04pm

Thanks Linda! To be honest, I ordered the slipcover from SureFit. They have slipcovers for reclining wing chairs that fit pretty well and can be washed.

Thanks Irene! Aren't Yo-Yos fun! Do you use a Clover Yo-Yo Maker or do them all by hand. I tend to use the Clover product because I am usually doing them on trips and that method is so easy and requires little concentration. If you do a search on the CT Notions blog for Yo-Yos, you can see the various projects I've made. What do you like to do with yours?

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 28, 2015 at 1:51pm

Love the pillow especially on that pretty chair.  I sit in the evening and make yo-yo's from small scraps of fabric and spools of thread that have very little thread left on them.  There seems to be a project for even the smallest pieces of fabric and thread.

Comment by Ann Johnson on April 28, 2015 at 1:49pm

Thanks for your comments! This neutral palette guest room is coming together. I still have three more projects completed except for the machine quilting...not my strong point! I hope to have everything completed in time for our summer foreign exchange students.

Comment by LKC on April 28, 2015 at 1:46pm

Looking good! I am sure they will feel at home. The chair cover looks great too. I did one for the high school, that is not a easy chair to cover.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 28, 2015 at 11:35am

Perfect,  Ann!  Great way to make the extras feel important, too.  ;o)  

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 28, 2015 at 10:08am

I never make promises to yo-yo's, but yours deserved to have their place!  Very modern looking.

Comment by Janet/MO on April 28, 2015 at 8:16am

Very pretty Ann.  I love the chair too.

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