A relatively recent invention, the yo-yo maker, had me thinking one of those famous last phrases among CraftFailers the world around: “I can make that!” We often say that to ourselves without first stopping to ask ourselves “but WHY would I make that?” Not only had I never tried making a yo-yo the old fashioned way, but I had no immediate need for a yo-yo. But I did have two old plastic lids that were just begging to be reused instead of thrown away or sent to a recycling facility. In case you’re wondering, the lower lid belonged to a hummus container in its pre-fail life.
What does a yo-yo maker do? It helps you sew a piece of fabric into a cute little fabric yo-yo by helping you line up stitches and making it easier to turn the hem under. I used a marker to mark the holes and a hole punch to punch them out of the plastic lids. It wasn’t that hard, as processes go, but the resulting yo-yos were far from attractive. I can’t say that my homemade yo-yo maker made the process simpler or better. I’d wager to say it made the process harder and more annoying. Making it seemed like such a brilliant idea at the outset, but after I made it, I kinda thought, “hmmm, why did I bother?”
My recommendation is that if you can’t live without a yo-yo maker (although people have been doing it for a century or more), you pony up the less-than eight bucks needed to pick one up from Amazon or your local quilt shop.
(by Heather at Dollar Store Crafts)