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Easy Angel Crafts: Yo Yo Angel Ornament


This easy angel crafts Yo Yo Angel ornament uses scraps of fabric, some poster board for stability and some yarn. She takes a little time to make, but she's a fun, easy and inexpensive project.  

Take a look at this little angel with her fun red yarn hair and golden wings.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament finished and hanging by her loop 

She's such a cute little yo yo angel. She can decorate a tree, hang in an office or kitchen and even be a small gift for holiday guests to take home as a keepsake.

Easy Angel Crafts: Yo Yo Angel Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament pattern (click to open PDF file)
  • Scraps of fabric - three different colors, one for the body; one for the face, hands and feet; and one for the wings
  • Small amount of fiberfill - very small, can use part of a cotton ball or the ends of a few cotton swabs
  • Cardboard or chip board (I used inexpensive white poster board)
  • Yarn for hair (can also use thread, just add more stitches)
  • Yarn for hanging loop (I used gold lamé yarn.)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Yarn needle
  • Pins 
  • Iron
  • Black and red pens (for facial features)
  • Powder blush or eye shadow for cheeks
  • Cotton swab to apply powder to cheeks
  • Scissors  

Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.  If you don't have scraps of fabric from other projects, you can use clothing that is being discarded. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament materials and tools

 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Angel Crafts: Yo Yo Angel Ornament:

Print the Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament pattern.

Cut out each of the pattern pieces.

Cut the three different fabrics for the body, arms, face and wings as shown on the pattern pieces.

Cut the small circles and the elliptical shape for the wings from the poster board.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 1 cut pattern and materials

Thread the needle. Make small running stitches near the edge of the circle. (Our free e-book of How to Sew Stitches helps with basic stitches.)

Leave a 2-inch tail of thread at the beginning of the stitches. This will be used to gather the resulting yo yo.

I suggest using a double thickness of thread. Otherwise, a single strand may break and the stitches sewn again. (Been there, done that and learned the lesson the hard way.) 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 2 sew around circle

Pull the thread tails to partially close the circle.

Insert one of the small poster board circles inside the yo yo. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 3 insert cardboard

Pull the thread tails firmly to close the yo yo around the poster board. 

Hold the thread ends firmly. Tie the ends into a knot close to the fabric.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 4 pull threads firmly and tie knot

Trim the thread tails leaving roughly 1 1/2 inches of thread.

The extra thread helps prevent the knot from coming undone. It also gives you enough thread to re-tie the knot if necessary. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 5 clip thread leaving thread tails

Push the thread tails inside the closed yo yo. Use the closed point of the scissors to push the thread inside. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 6 push thread tails inside

This shows the finished front of the first yo yo. Nine more to go for the body of the Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 7 finished front of first yo yo

Next, prepare the face, hands and feet yo yos in the same manner.

But, they are a little different.

For the face, place a small amount of fiberfill under the poster board circle and pull the threads taut over the poster board.

For the hands, do not include a poster board circle.

For the feet, include a poster board circle just like the yo yos for the body. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 8 begin face, hands and feet yo yos

The face is a gently rounded shape. The hands are soft to fit easily into the angel's arms. The feet are a sturdy round shape to be at the bottom of the angel. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 9 finished face, hands and feet yo yos

Sew around the elliptical shape. Gather the edge slightly and insert the elliptical poster board. 

Pull the threads tightly. Tie the ends into a knot close to the fabric.

Trim the thread with thread tails. Hide the thread tails under the fabric.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 10 prepare wings

The front of the wings show a smooth surface. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 11 finished front of wings

Now, let's start putting the yo yo angel together.

First, connect the body yo yos into rows of four, three, two and one.

Sew small stitches on the sides of the yo yos as shown by the red arrows. (Visit the Christmas Tree of Craft Yo Yos for more detailed pictures of how to connect the yo yos.)

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 12 sew yo yos together in rows

Connect the rows like stacking round objects.

Sew small stitches where the edges of the circles meet as shown by the red arrows. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 13 sew yo yo rows together

Next, let's make the arms. 

Press 1/2 inch of fabric to the wrong side on all four sides of the rectangle of fabric.

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 14 press fabric for arms

Place the arms behind the body with the folded edge toward the top.

Attach with small stitches to the back of the top yo yo.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 15 attach arms to center back

Now, place the wings behind the shape with the smooth side toward the front.

Attach the wings to the body with small hidden stitches at the three points shown by the red arrows. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 16 attach wings to back

Fold the arms toward the front and insert the hands yo yo (the one without the poster board) into the open ends of the arms.

Sew small stitches to hold the top of the arms to the hands and to the top yo yo. 

Sew small stitches at the bottom of the arms to hold the hands and arms to the next two body yo yos.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 17 attach hands

Add the feet (the yo yo with the poster board) to the bottom of the body shape behind the two middle yo yos.

Sew small stitches at the top and sides of the feet yo yo to the body yo yos. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 18 attach feet

Position the head overlapping the top body yo yo and the top of the wings.

Sew small hidden stitches along the bottom edge to the wings and the top body yo yo.

Sew small stitches across the back to connect the face yo yo to the top of the wings. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 19 attach head

Thread the yarn needle with yarn for the hair.

Begin with a stitch in the edge of the face yo yo just above the wing. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 20 add yarn hair

Pull the yarn through leaving roughly two inches of yarn as hair.

Stitch through the same holes again to lock the hair in place.

Clip the yarn at roughly two inches length.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 21 lock stitch

Add the next yarn stitch adjacent to the first. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 22 add next yarn hair

Continue around the top of the face yo yo with the yarn stitches to the top of the wings on the opposite side.  

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 23 finish yarn hair

Tie the yarn hair on each side of the face. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 24 tie yarn hair

Add a yarn loop to the back of the face yo yo.

I thought the same yarn would look like she's hanging by her hair. I used a gold lamé yarn instead.

Sew a small stitch leaving roughly a five inch yarn tail. Sew another small stitch over the first. Pull the yarn through and tie the ends together at roughly four inches length.

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 25 add hanging loop

Add the facial features.

I used a black pen for the eyes and a red pen for the mouth. However, on the turquoise, the red turned almost black.

For the cheeks, I used the end of a cotton swab with pink powdered eye shadow. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament step 26 add facial features

Here's the finished angel smiling over all she sees. 

Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament finished and hanging as decoration

A few materials, basic tools, simple steps and some time makes this Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament a fun and easy project.

With different fabric scraps, a whole host of different angels can decorate your home.

Have fun making one or many!

The inexpensive and Easy Angel Crafts Yo Yo Angel Ornament can also be a great group project for a family, a craft party, a community center or an office team building exercise.


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