Having a go at making yoyos

yoyo maker stitching

While eldest has been busy practising her new spinning skill, middle daughter has felt left out. I only have one wheel. If I taught both to spin, then they would be competing over time at the spinning wheel. By the laws of nature, the wheel would stand idle for most of the time, but as soon as one started practising, then the other daughter would queue up for her turn.

removing yoyo maker

To avoid this situation, I spent time teaching BL a different craft. (She will learn to spin one day) How to make suffolk puffs, or yoyos. I’ve always made these puffs with nothing but a circle of fabric and needle and thread. This weekend I found a yoyo maker. Always wondered if a maker would make it easier and/or faster.

gathering yoyo

BL loved making her yoyos. It really is easy, and I suspect faster. Oh, and quite addictive.

a spread of yoyos

I see many more of these being made between the two of us. I have so many different projects in mind for these puffs. All swirling around in my mind’s eye. Most importantly, I can spend creative time with my 8 year old, which is always a good thing.

4 thoughts on “Having a go at making yoyos

  • Tuesday 6 August, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This is a brilliant project. I made a couple of dolls for two of my children when they were small by stringing the puff’s onto elastic for the legs, arms, body etc, then adding a stuffed head. It was a clown and a pirate if I remember rightly.
    Great way to use up small pieces of fabric.

    • Saturday 10 August, 2013 at 7:17 am

      I remember my grandma having clowns, in her house, made the same way. I think that was my first encounter with suffolk puffs. Inquisitive fingers investigating how they were made. This project is turning out as a perfect craft project to take around with me.

  • Friday 9 August, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    oh i love making yo-yos! lily was really into them a while back – i should find her little forms so she can rekindle her love!

    • Saturday 10 August, 2013 at 7:18 am

      The yoyo maker does make a difference. It’s even easier to get it right!

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