In the slushy, hot doldrums of summer it’s the perfect recreational sewing project. A couple weeks ago I started making a few and lost control of myself. You know how that goes. There was no real plan for them but an idea for very scrappy and super crafty bunting emerged while I was stitching.
These little vintage Yoyo’s, or Suffolk Puffs, turned up at the French General workshop.
There is something extra dear and compelling about them and I was immediately charmed. Maybe it’s the size? They are smaller than I have seen before and the fabrics are fabulous.
Maybe you need some scrappy bunting or you are just in the mood to stitch a bunch of something, either way, I got you. It’s super easy and takes forever.
1. Start with a circle of light cotton fabric that is 3 and ⅜ th inches in diameter. You can use this template. Use sturdy thread – I’m using cotton perl. Put your needle in ¼ inch from the edge on the wrong side of the fabric and fold the edge over.
2. Stitch right along the folded edge with stitches about ¼ inch.
3. Gather tightly and knot – optional – iron flat – I like them very squished.
That’s the slow part. Making all those little puffs. The assembly part was much quicker than I expected.
To assemble the bunting lay out the triangle shape as shown – a row of 4 on top, next a row of 3, 2 and 1 (I used 10 but you could also make a smaller triangle with less for a mini bunting).
Stitch the string of 4 together with sewing thread. I connected them with 3 or 4 knotted stitches on top of each other. Pro tip – keep your thread attached and trim it later.
Center the middle puff of the next row and use a little scotch tape to hold it. Flip it to the back side and stitch it in place. Repeat – adding the next puff with tape and stitching in place until the triangle is assembled.
Clip the threads from the back.
Cotton seam binding makes a great string, twill tape works well too. Pin the triangles (I made 5) in place and, optionally, add single puffs in between. Whip stitch along the edge to attach.
Finished. So nostalgic. And super duper crafty. If there was a crafty olympics this would definitely be an event. While we’re here let’s talk about a couple other things on the work table.
I’m sewing some stuff from my patterns beginning with the goat and forest folk. I love the little black squirrel especially. It would be nice to have some stitched things for the shop this fall (it’s been ages) and I’m in a very sewy mood. Maybe I’ll even have a sew-along this autumn – I gotta figure out how those work and which pattern would be best – stay tuned and feel free to share ideas.
And these painted bottles. I’m making a huge collection. It has taken 2 years! to figure them out. I’m pretty excited about them and they will be in the shop this fall.