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Yo Yo Tote

DIY Yo Yo Tote

Do you want to stand out this summer? Here is the say to style out in front of the crowd and be a trend-setter.
These Yo Yo’s are incredibly easy to make, even for the ‘non-sewer’ and a perfect craft for kids, teens and adults.
It is very inexpensive and you can make a tote for your crafts, overnight travel, a very thought gift or for any purpose you have in mind.
I promise they are SO easy, that kids through any age can make them. I will give you easy step-by-step picture tutorials on how to make this chic tote to carry anything your heart desires. A fabulous way to use up scrap fabric too! Simply click on over and let’s get started.

DIY Yo Yo Tote or Bag

Canvas bag/tote
7″-13″ fabric – the YO YO will be half the dimension from the width you begin with. Choose as many designs and colors as you desire for your tote  HERE  are some I thought might be really fun to work with all ready to go
Sewing needle
Cups or anything round to trace your circle
No Sew Fabric Adhesive – I found this is the best fabric glue that holds, but doesn’t make your fabric go all stiff, hard and crunchy
Embellishments for center of each YO YO –  Like THESE could would go with the fabric above
1  1/2″ wide double sided ribbon approx. 1 1/2 – 2 times the width of the tote, optional, or cover the top of the tote with more YO YO’s
Yo Yo Tote 2

Using a cup, bowl or compass trace a circle in your fabric
Yo Yo Tote 3With scissors, cut out as many circles are you want to decorate your tote.Yo Yo Tote 4Cut varying sizes for interestYo Yo Tote 5Thread your needle with a double strand, with enough length to go around the circle, but not so much that it easily tangles.
Make a knot in the end except leave a 3″ tail – this is VERY important!!!Yo Yo Tote 6Stitch about 1/4″ in from the outer edge all around the circle, stopping when reaching the beginning threads.
Pull the threads taught, but do not break them. Careful not to use your superman strength here – save that for another time.Yo Yo Tote 7Tie a knot with the threads to form a tight circle. Again, don’t get carried away and break the threads with your buffness.Yo Yo Tote 8Trim any stray threads and excess fabric at the top of the circle above the stitches you just sewed.Yo Yo Tote 9Play with the circles to see where you want them. Experiement.
Then glue the Yo Yo in place.
Next, glue the embellishment in the center of the Yo Yo to give it a finished lookYo Yo Tote 10Now for the ribbon. Burn the edge of the ribbon to prevent fraying.Yo Yo Tote 11Thread a needle with a double thread at least the width of the tote. 
Turn the end over 1/4″ then again 1/4, this give a nice looking edge.
Now push the threaded needle through the layers you just made.Yo Yo Tote 12With stitches about 1/4″ apart, being to hand sew down the middle of the ribbon, gathering the ribbon a little as you go.
This step will help you see how much ribbon you want to use, and how far of the length to sew.Yo Yo Tote 13Continue until you are pleased with the length and how loose or tight the ribbon is gathered.
Tie the end of the thread by making a knot at the end of the ribbon and going back through a couple of times to secure it.
With the No Sew Glue, place a drop at one end of the tote, and place the gathered ribbon wherever your little heart desires.
Push it in place to secure.Yo Yo Tote 14Gently continue the length of the tote with this same step, gluing every inch or so, depending on ribbon; you may need a bit more glue and closer spacing between glue spots.Yo Yo Tote 15I chose to twist the ribbon as I glued it to the tote because the ribbon was patterned on both sides; which I liked, and for interest.Yo Yo Tote 16Secure with glue at the other end of the toteYo Yo Tote 17I had enough ribbon to make a bow on the handle, which I also secured in place with a bit of glueYo Yo Tote 18Allow your project to sit for 24 before using to allow the glue to set up *See glue bottle for instructions
Now you have a fun tote for summer fun, vacations, crafts, a gift, or for anything that will make your life complete, lol!
 I want to thank  Barbara at Bits Of Ivory for the inspiration and instructions on a basic fabric yo yo. You can see her YO YO creation HERE
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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  • Very cute idea and seriously love how you embellished a simple tote bag with yo-yos here. Pinned, tweeted and FB shared, too 🙂

  • Carrie,
    I pinned, stumbled, and tweeted this precious bag. You are so creative and talented.

  • I love this Carrie and the easy to follow instructions for those who are a little crafty challenged (me 🙂 ) This would make a great beach bag or a nice little carry all. I am always searching for a bag to take with me to the grocery store. I think I would be quite stylish with this one. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning it to my ‘I know you can do this one board!’

  • Emily says:

    This is so cute! Pinned! Stopping by as a guest co-host from the Let’s Get Real link party. Thanks for partying with us!

  • Oh, this looks cute and doesn’t look too incredibly challenging for a non-sewer like myself! 🙂

  • “sew” darn cute! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop my friend xo

  • Julie says:

    I have been playing around with the idea of yo yo’s myself. I have a bag full and a few half made projects! They are so fun and quick to make and a great way of using up scraps of fabric.
    I love how you have used them here, so pretty, bright and summery.

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