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'How I'...Make Yoyo's and what to use them for...

Today I would like to share with you how I make my Yoyos or Suffolk Puffs. I use Yoyos in many of my designs and they are easy to make once you know how :)


How to Make a Yoyo

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1) Using a suitable fabric marking pen on wrong side of fabric trace around template. 

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2) Cut out on the line.

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3) Prepare required amount of circles.

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 4) Turn a small amount of the edge over to the wrong side and do a row of running stitch.

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 5) Do the running stitch around entire circle, turning the edge over as you go.

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6) Place your thumb into the centre of the circle on the wrong side and gently begin to pull the running stitch.

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7) Continue to gather the thread until you have a nice neat gathered centre to your yoyo. You many need

to wriggle it to get a nice circular shape.

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8) Take the thread through to the wrong side of the yoyo.

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 9) Tie off the thread to secure.

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 10) Position the yoyo

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11) Stitch in place by just catching the edge of the yoyo

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 12) & 13) Continue stitching the yoyo in place on the background fabric

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Download Yoyo Tutorial and print off for easy reference :)

Fernhill yoyo flower

Here are some of my projects that use Yoyos...


Badger Cottage

New badger cottage

Pattern | PDF Pattern | Kit


A Kittens's Tale A kittens tale email

Pattern Set | Kit

Sweet Home Pillows

Y348 Sweet Home Peacock Manor smallPattern | PDF Pattern


Highfield House Bag

Y143 LAD

Pattern | PDF Pattern | Kit

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Fun Free Patterns...

Today I would like to share with you two lovely free downloadable quilt patterns...

Towne Square and Apple Jacks

Quilters garden house

Towne Square 

Towne Square Quilt1

Finished size 77" x 77" 


Download Towne Square

Washing line

Apple Jacks

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Finished size 58" x 64"

Download Apple Jacks

Blue and brown flower

Both of these quilts would look lovely made up in either my "Stonehouse Garden" or "My Hearts at Home" fabric collections.

Stonehouse Garden

I am by nature a virtual gardener, preferring to stitch my garden with fabric and thread rather than working in the soil. For Stonehouse Garden I wanted to evoke in the mind of the quiltmaker a sense peace and harmony, the imagined aromas and sounds of a country garden.

The colours and patterns that I have gathered for this collection are firmly rooted in the ground, the flora that grows from it and the things that make our gardens have personalities of their own. Each print has been carefully designed so that when combined they remind us of gentle days in the garden with the sun on our backs, the laughter of children playing, bees buzzing and sense of joyfulness.

Stonehouse garden fabrics circle

By the metre | Fat 1/4's | Fat 1/8's |  Angel Delights


My Heart's at Home

This collection uses sweet soft shades that I have named dust storm pink, celadon green, dark vanilla and iceberg blue.

A tree strong and true, a symbol of something grounded in the earth that will stand the test of time. Scattered around the trees are images of a home, a beloved dog and cat all of which are sprinkled with hexagons, look closely and you will see that even the background spot is not really a spot it's a hexagon!

I have named this collection ‘My Hearts at Home’ which for many of us is a true statement, no matter where I am in the world my heart’s at home with my family.

My Hearts at home fat quarter pack

By the metre | Fat 1/4's | Fat 1/8's |  Angel Delights


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