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How-to sew a folded hexagon and where to use them

How-to sew a folded hexagon and where to use them - Craftapalooza Designs

Folded hexagons are an alternative to yo-yo's however you will need something to secure the centre, like a yo-yo or button. They're fast and fun to make! They can be used to sew a coverlet, no quilting required!

Trace a circle onto the wrong side of your chosen fabric and cut it out.

With the fabric wrong side up A, fold the circle in half and make a gentle crease on the fold B, don’t unfold the circle, holding the creased edge fold that across to make a quarter circle and press the folded creases C, now open up and place fabric wrong side up D.
How-to sew a folded hexagon - Craftapalooza Designs

Take the bottom of the circle up and line up the vertical crease and finger press along the fold to crease the fabric E. Then take up the folded outer edge of the circle of the crease just made and fold that in to the centre crease F. Continue to do the same process until you have folded in all the edges, on the last fold, dab a little glue in the centre and then fold the last edge. To hold the hexagon in place, or use a pin, but I find a little glue is better, G through to J. Congratulations you’ve folded your first hexagon!

How-to sew a folded hexagon - Craftapalooza Designs

How-to sew a folded hexagon - Craftapalooza Designs

How-to sew a yo-yo (or Suffolk Puff if you're British!)

How-to sew a yo-yo (or Suffolk Puff if you're British!) - Craftapalooza Designs

Gather supplies to sew yo-yo's

Yo-yo's are super fun and fast to sew. They can be used to decorate patchwork or used by themselves to make a coverlet. I have used them in several patterns.

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Cardboard or template plastic to make yo-yo circle or Clover yo-yo maker
  • Fabric marker
  • Needle: Milliner 10 or 11
  • Thread: 50wt minimum


Sewing a yo-yo from a template

  • Trace a plate, saucer, anything that is the size you need.
  • Select the fabric you want to use for your yo-yo and cut a circle from the fabric using a circular template.
  • Thread the needle with a matching or contrasting thread, leave a 2-3" tail, don’t knot the end.
  • Hold the fabric circle with the wrong side facing you.
  • Fold the edge of the fabric circle about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) to the wrong side and start sewing with small, even stitches along the folded edge.
  • Keep stitching around the circle's entire circumference, ensuring to maintain even stitches.
How to hand sew a yo-yo (suffolk puff) - Craftapalooza Designs
  • Once you've stitched all the way around, gently pull the thread to gather the fabric. This will create a pouch or "puff" shape.
  • Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric into the centre, closing up the hole.
  • Then taking the 2-3" tail left when you started, make a knot with the thread and needle still attached to the yo-yo to secure the thread.
  • Take the needle and thread that’s still attached through the inside and out the back of the yo-yo and knot it off and re-thread the other tails, doing the same.

    Sewing a yo-yo using a Clover Yo-yo maker

    I have a video with annotations on how to use a Clover Yo-yo maker over on Instagram. LINK.

    Attaching a yo-yo to a project or patchwork

    Pin or lightly glue the yo-yo in position and then slip stitch around the outer edge attaching it. I also like to do a decorative cross in the centre of the yo-yo to anchor it to whatever I'm sewing it to and I add little stitches in between the folds up near and around the whole centre to attach the yo-yo and help keep it anchored to the background.
    Craftapalooza Designs Yo-yos suffolk puffs
    Craftapalooza Designs Yo-yos suffolk puffs

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