Wednesday, August 19, 2009

how to: yoyo hairpins

Sometime back, some friends asked me about the hairpin that I decorated for QQ. They are very easy and quick to make… and best of all, you do not need to use a sewing machine!

Here’s a simple how-to for the yoyo hair pin:

What you need:
Fabric scrap
Plain hair clips. I bought these at RM3.00 for the paint coated and rounded variety. You can get the standard flat paint coated ones for even less.

Needle and thread. Scissors. Gel type UHU glue (I don’t have UHU glue at home, so I stole my hubby’s Super Glue)
1. Trace a circle on the reverse side of a fabric, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter. The larger your circle is, the larger your yoyo will be. Cut the circle out with your scissors. (I’m using the leftover fabric from this dress)
2. Thread your needle and tie a knot at one end.
3. Sew small stitches all around the edges of the fabric. The knot and the end of the thread should be on the printed side of the fabric.
4. Once you have sewn all around the fabric circle, flip the fabric with the non printed side facing you. Next, pull the thread to gather the fabric.
5. Sew right through the yoyo and tie a knot at the end so the finished yoyo don’t unravel or loosen. Do not cut thread yet.

6. Flatten it. You can iron for a flatter and neater yoyo if you want to, but I normally don’t as I prefer a puffy one ;-).

7. With the same thread and needle, sew on your embellishment. Fasten and knot. Cut access thread.

8. Use your UHU glue to stick the yoyo on the hair pin.

You’re done!

Click here for varieties of yoyo hairpins.

Do share your creations with us by providing a link to your blog/ facebook at the comment section. We would like to see what you have created!

Please also provide a link from your blog/ facebook back to this page ya :-D.

Updated on 11 September 2009:
~ An approximate diameter of the finished yoyo = Diameter of clothe / 2

~ I use somewhere between 7.5 to 9 cm diameter of clothe for the yoyo. Finished yoyo will be about 3.5 to 4.5 cm in diameter.

~ If you're making a two tier yoyo, the upper tier diameter of clothe have to be smaller, around 4 - 5 cm diameter of clothe.

~ For a sturdier finished product, dab just a little glue in between the yoyo, upper yoyo and the button. I also find that super glue is stronger than UHU glue... just my personal preference :-).

See my other handmade projects.

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mommy to chumsy said...

wow...looks easy eh? so pretty :) i will have to look for the red button first then :D thanks for sharing.

BoeyJoey said...

No problem at all, Barb... it's long due :-P

Hey, you don't have to use red button if you don't have one... just use whatever you have and see how they match... for more ideas, go to there's a giveaway running too :-D.

Health Freak Mommy said...

Very nice! You can actually make them and sell them!

a-moms-diary said...

Thanks for the tutorial, looks easy enough. Now the question is whether I can find any fabric scraps AND if I'm rajin enough to do it :-)

BoeyJoey said...

a-moms-diary: Really quick project; takes only 5-10 minutes to make each one. But the pondering on which fabric matches which button may take longer! ;-)

Mummy Moon said...

Hi BoeyJoey,

First time here. I like this handmade yo yo hairpins.

BoeyJoey said...

Hi Mummy Moon, thanks for dropping by :-).


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