- December 6th, 2010
I’ve mentioned my love of Swap-Bot before, and today I’ll show off one of my latest projects that was shipped off several weeks ago to one of my swap partners. The Yo-Yo Christmas Tree:
Isn’t it cute? I love to make yo-yo’s, making them is quite soothing to me for some reason. Typically I have a pile of them laying around with no clue how to use them and after seeing a yo-yo pumpkin this fall thought I should attempt to make a tree. Then I saw this fun tutorial from Kiwi at Heart and she had made exactly what I was dreaming up in my head. She does a great job explaining the process…I only did one thing differently.
Where she uses templates to cut her circles, I decided to try out this fun little gadget I picked up 50% off at Joann’s a while back.
I was able to just adjust the setting to match her dimensions and cut the circles out with no templates. It works much like using a string & pencil to draw a circle…only this bad boy has a sharp pin to hold it in place and a super shape rotary blade. Such a time saver…especially when you love to make yo-yo’s as much as I do! I have a quilt I want to make this year that involves circles and I am thinking this little guy might be a life saver when I get to that point. So if you cut out circles-o-plenty of like I do…it might be the best $15 you spend.
It uses a really sharp rotary blade, so you absolutely must use a cutting mat underneath it. It can also be a bit odd to hold and turn at first, but once you get the hang of it that isn’t really a problem.
Any other recommendations out there for yo-yo construction or quilting gadgets I might also find indispensable? Please, share!!
Make sure you check out the yo-yo tree tutorial: Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Tutorial from Kiwi at Heart
You might also check out Mummy Crafts to see her take on the same tutorial, which also includes a template for cutting the circles.Fine Print: I have not been compensated in any way by either Joann’s or Olfa for my review of this product. It is simply my opinion based on usage of the product I purchased.