Shabby Chic Yo-Yo Window

This is a wall hanging made for my sewing/computer room.

Approximate Time: off and on for a couple of days


  • fabric scraps
  • thread
  • needle
  • old window or piece of wood
  • buttons
  • yo-yo maker (opt)
  • bowl or something to help cut a circle of fabric
  • 1/4 inch foam core
  • paint
  • glue gun


  1. I knocked out the window glass with a hammer on the frame, covering with a rag for safety.
  2. I then cleaned the frame and cut the foam core with a utility knife to fit the openings in the frame. Before inserting them, I painted the foam core with a brown color paint I already had on hand. Let dry and then insert in the window frame.

  3. I bought a yo-yo maker at a fabric store a few years ago and never really used it for much so decided to put it to work. They come in small, medium, and large. Mine is a medium size. I made 96 yo-yos. Most of them I did while watching TV.
  4. To make without a yo-yo maker, cut 96 - 5-1/2 inch circles or however many you need for your project to fit. Turn the outer edge over and sew a running stitch to gather it up. When you have them all made, glue on the window frame in a pleasing manner and then glue buttons on.

I will have to say, it is much easier if you have a yo-yo maker. They are not too expensive, especially if you use a 40% coupon from the fabric stores. You could just use a piece of scrap wood and do the same thing. Using an old window just adds a bit of extra charm. Another suggestion, this would be unique done in the shape of a Christmas tree with green velveteen.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

January 31, 20110 found this helpful

I really like the idea of doing a Christmas Tree shape using yo-yo's, then embellishing it with odd bits and pieces of beads, chains and "jewels".

Your "lost" window turned out very nice.

Great idea. Thank you for sharing.


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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

It is absolutely adorable. I love it!

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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

I have antique and old buttons, what a great way to display them but I would sew them on to not get glue on them that way if I needed them, they could be snipped off and a new one sewn on in its place.

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

I think this would look great on a real window!

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have all the different sizes of the yo yo makers and love them. When I get bored with a project I will pick up one of my yo-yo makers and start making yo-yo's. I still don't know what I'm going to make with the yo-yo's that are already made.


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