Thursday, 22 March 2012

Fancy a Suffolk Puff?

Is it just me that sniggers at the name 'Suffolk Puff'? Childish I know, the other name for them is a yo-yo, and they originated in quilting. I'm planning to make these into brooches for the shop but you could  use them as an embellishment on a bag or hairband.

If you'd like to have a go at making your own puffs, you will need:

  • Two contrasting fabric scraps
  • A nice button
  • Two circular things to draw around (I used a small tea cup and its accompanying saucer)
  • Fabric marker pen
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle and thread

First use your smaller circular thing (let's say cup for brevity) as a template and mark out and cut out a circle from one of your fabric scraps. Place the fabric right-side down on the table and turn a small hem (it's easiest to turn over a little at a time). Then just sew a long running stitch all the way round the hem. When you get back to where you started stitching, draw the thread tight and your puff is formed!

Make another larger puff in a contrasting material and stitch the two together. Sew a button in the middle to make it pretty (and hold the two puffs together firmly). Sew a brooch pin on the back if you'd like to use it as a brooch...

And if you fancy making lots and lots of Suffolk Puffs, you can always make them into a quilt. I found this lovely image at All Our Hearts Content.

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