Yo Yo Angels
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Submitted by Eileen & Delta
Cut two circles from fabric in a 3" diameter. A
drinking glass can be used as a pattern. Hand sew (about
1/4" inside edge) a running stitch around the outside of
fabric. Gather so that fabric pulls into a puff with right
side of fabric out, knot and tie tightly. Since the
centers are going to be covered, it is not necessary to turn the
edges of the fabric. Finished yo yo's will be about 1 3/4".
One yo yo will be the body and one will be the wings.
For the wings, sew a running stitch from the top of yo yo down to the
hole in the center, pull thread to gather and tie off. This makes a heart
shape. Hot glue the body onto the wings as shown in the
picture, both holes facing front.
Glue on a 1/2" furniture plug for the face. Try to
find the ones without the back or cut the back off. Eileen
puts them in a small padded vice to cut. Put tacky
glue on head and dip into tiny glass beads. Dot the eyes
with black paint on a stylus, paint brush end or
toothpick. Decorate the center with a button or novelty
item to depict the angel. Hot glue on a pinback or hanger for an
ornament. Wrap a piece of 20 gauge wire around a Sharpie
marker to get a halo shape and glue with tacky glue between the
two yo yo's so that it shows behind her head.
Tip: Barb says for African-American angels,
apply some brown powder eye shadow to the plug before applying
the eyes and hair. Rub it off well and it lightly tints
the wood brown giving them a darker appearance.
Hint: For larger angels, such as for ornaments, use
a CD as a pattern.
Hint: Look for
plugs that are even and lightly grained, so that you don't end up
with a really streaky face.
Note: 1/8 yard of 44" fabric will yield 14
bodies OR wings. 1/4 yard will give 3 rows or 42 circles of
Hint: Coordinate fabric colors to the angel theme,
such as camouflage for Army or red, white & blue for a
patriotic angel, denim for a farmer, etc. Use themed buttons,
novelties or ribbon when possible.