How about this for some eye-jolting color. Behold the Yo-Yo! If some of you are not familar with yo-yo's pull up a chair and take a closer look. These are easy and fun and can be made in any size. One of my quilt teachers introduced me to them years ago and occasionally I go on an all-out yo-yo binge. Yo-Yo quilts were popular during the depression too when materials were scarce. All you needed was a jelly jar and a pencil to trace circles onto fabric from your scrap basket. After the circles have been cut out, fold over 1/4" along the edge (finger pressing as you go) and take a running-stitch all the way around. Draw it up; flatten and pull your thread through the center hole and tie it off on the back. Congratulations you have just made a yo-yo. Make a few for practice, they get easier as you go. Did you know that there are all kinds of things that can be made using yo-yo's? Things like, dolls, animals, even clowns, as well as quilts, and pillows. Yo-Yo's are a kid friendly project for those who can handle a needle and thread too. Here's a yo-yo how-to page for making them.
Anway, my yo-yo pillow began innocently enough early this morning when I decided to clean out a drawer full of odds and ends, mostly remnants from quilts and other projects. Not enough of anything to do much with, except for this rainbow assortment of yo-yo's I made eons ago. Too long ago actually to even remember what my original intention was for them. (I'm having too many of these moments lately and it is not amusing.) In fact, there are many similar ufo's (un-finished objects) hiding in nooks and crannies all over the place around here, like boobie-traps ready to spring. I never know when one will confront me and demand a place on the craft table like these did this morning. "Either do something with us, or throw us out once and for all", they cried. It's good to have a little crafting accountability happening now and then. Plus I have an empty drawer to fill now! And I almost forgot, these look really cute as "flowers" on clothing and bags too; see mine back here and here.