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Fabric Yoyos and Cord Channels

Our easy, breezy quilted bucket bag is almost ready for some fun road trips, but we’re going to need to channel some good vibrations — as well as fabric yoyos and cord channels.

Let’s get started! The sooner we finish, the sooner we can head off into adventure. Remember those canvas pieces we hemmed earlier? Time to install them now.

The cord channel pieces should butt right up to the side seams.
The cord channel pieces should butt right up to the side seams.

 

 

  • With right sides together, pin the pieces to the top of the bag, making sure the ends butt into the seams. (see photo)
  • Sew both cord channels to the top of the bag. Press.
Slip stitch the cord channel inside the bag.
Slip stitch the cord channel inside the bag.

 

 

  • Cut two pieces of cord, each 36″ long.
  • Cover the cut ends with white glue or Fray Check.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Attach one end of the cord to a large safety pin.
  • Thread into one end of the cord channel and out the other end. Thread the second cord through the opposite end of the cord channel.
  • Squash the cord ends together tightly and feed into the cord stopper.

TIP Depending on the thickness of the cord, this might be a bit of a struggle. Don’t fret. The cord will eventually slip through the center.

  • Even up the cord, and push stopper up to the top of the bag.
Thread the cord through the channels, and attach the cord stoppers.
Thread the cord through the channels, and attach the cord stoppers.

 

 

Circle templates make fast work of cutting yoyo circles.
Circle templates make fast work of cutting yoyo circles.

 

 

  • To make yoyos, turn under a scant hem and sew with a running stitch.

TIP This is easier to do with Sew Smooth thread conditioner, as the thread will just slip through without knots getting in the way.

  • Sew all around the circle and pull thread up tightly. Tie off.
  • Squash the yoyo down, and neaten the gathers. Press.
Yoyos are easy to do and can be used as embellishments for a myriad of projects. Bonus: they use up scraps!
Yoyos are easy to do and can be used as embellishments for a myriad of projects. Bonus: they use up scraps!

 

 

  • Place a large glob of white glue on the end of the cords.
  • Sandwich the cord between the yoyos and clamp together using large Clever Clips.
  • Using a small slip stitch, sew the yoyos together to create cute cord ends.
This is the part where we make a bit of a mess: a glob of white glue on the end of each cord.
This is the part where we make a bit of a mess: a glob of white glue on the end of each cord.

 

 

A large Clever Clip makes a great clamp to keep the cord end, and the two yoyos, together while the glue dries.
A large Clever Clip makes a great clamp to keep the cord end, and the two yoyos, together while the glue dries.

 

 

Sew right through the cords as you slip stitch the yoyos together.
Sew right through the cords as you slip stitch the yoyos together.

 

 

Fabric yoyos and cord channels done, come back to QUILTsocial tomorrow, as we finish up our easy-breezy quilted bucket bag by putting on carrying strap — all the better for swinging it happily onto your shoulder as you depart on your summer road trips.

 

Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Pierce

    Love the detailed explanaton and detailed photoes.

  2. Vicki H

    The yoyos on the cord ends are a real cute touch.

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