I am a big fan of making Christmas ornaments out of yo-yos. I like experimenting with them every year. This year I devised a yo-yo snowman ornament that I think turned out to be my cutest yo-yo creation to date. Behold!
My yo-yo snowman ornament.
Supplies you will need include: three stuffed yo-yos (Clover jumbo, extra-large, and small made of white cotton, stuffed with poly-fiberfil), one extra-large sparkly button, one large sparkly button, one red button, a small jingle bell, a short length of holiday ribbon, fleece scraps (one thin and long and one thick rectangle that can wrap loosely around the large yo-yo), black embroidery floss, white hand-quilting thread, needles, scissors, and blue hand-quilting thread. Unfortunately, I am not a great one for measuring things so I guess-timated the fleece scrap size.
1) Sew the buttons on the yo-yos using white hand-quilting thread. Affix the extra-large button to the jumbo yo-yo, the large button to the extra-large yo-yo, and the red button to the large yo-yo
2. Using white hand-quilting thread, stitch the yo-yos together being careful to overlap them slightly. When sewing the top or head yo-yo on I also stitch the ribbon hanger on the back. See pictures below.
3. Embroider the eyes and smile onto the snowman head (the top large yo-yo). I can't say that I'm a particularly accomplished embroidery artist. I am not good with French knots so I just sort of do a cross-hatch for each eye using small stitches and I take small stitches under the red button to form a hopefully non-creepy smile. I think small seed beads would also look super cute. See picture.
4. Accessory time! The snowman looks cold so I add a hat and scarf set using small scraps of blue fleece. First, I make the hat by folding over the small rectangle of fleece and stitching up the side using blue hand-quilting thread. Then I gather the top of the hat using a running stitch and pulling it tight. Now, turn the hat right-side out. Stitch the jingle bell to the top of the hat like a pom-pom. I also like to fold the bottom up for that extra bit of stylish flair. See pictures below.
If you look carefully, you can see how the hat stitches have been gathered at the top. Knot threads tightly.
Finished snowman hat, complete with jingle bell
For the scarf, I like to snip the ends so it has a fringed look. Then I wrap it round the snowman's neck and stitch it down with a couple of tack stitches. I do the same for the hat. See pictures below.
Stitching on the scarf. I used the blue hand-quilting thread for adding the accessories.
A complete, all dressed up, yo-yo snowman ornament by E.A. Schneider
Just tie any last knots, snip the threads, and you're done with your beautiful yo-yo snowman ornament.
Here are some thumbnails of one I made for one of my grandmas-in-law.
On my blog I have pictures of other yo-yo ornaments I made this Christmas and in the past if you want to check it out: http://technicolorlilypond.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/deck-the-tree-with-yo-yos/
Hope you enjoy the tutorial! Any constructive comments would be great, this is the first one I've done for Craftster. I would love to see any pics of any yo-yo snowman you make.