The fuxico is a typical Brazilian technique whose origin is more than 150 years old. It all started from a group of women in the northeast of the country who gathered to sew and thus contributed to the livelihood of their families. In this article, you will know how to make yo-yo in a simple and practical way:
The yo-yo basically consists of a flap of rounded fabric, of the color and with the print you want, tacked on the ends with delicate stitches that are wrinkled at the end. The fabric is shaped like a small flower and can be applied as a finish to larger pieces such as quilts, bags, towels, cushions, accessories, souvenirs and various decorative objects.
The name fuxico is synonymous of gossip and ended up serving as reference for this type of work, because it was said that the women gathered to sew and spent hours talking about the life of others. Check out how to make perfect fuxicos and make your products even more beautiful.
How to Make Fuxico: Materials Needed
To make the simple fabric yoke you will need the following materials:
- Sewing thread of various colors;
- Sewing needle;
- Pen or pencil to mark the mold on the fabric;
- Tissue flaps, preferably do not readily break;
- Molds of cardboard or other firm material.
How to make simple step-by-step yo-yo
The technique of the yo-yo is very easy to do and as you practice, the finishing of your yo-yos is getting better and better. Start with the simple yo-yo, once you realize that you have mastered it well, try the other types of finishing.
First make a round mold for your fuxicos in cardboard, paperboard or other firm material. This mold needs to be twice the size you want for the finished yo-yo, plus a niece of fabric for the basting. Use a glass, a lid, a pot or an old CD to do the marking.
2. Trace on tissue
Place the template over the chosen fabric and using a pen or pencil, work around the circle so that the line is visible. We advise you to make the trace inside out, because this part will stay inside after stitching and the ink of the pen will not appear.
Now is the time to cut the circles you have drawn with sharp or scissors to cut fabric. The circle does not have to be perfect or extremely regular.
Fold a small border around the circle into the fabric as you align. Use a strong line and good quality. The basting is nothing more than passing the needle across the fabric with regular spaces between one point and another.
After stitching, pull the thread until the edges of the circle join in the center, leaving the fabric tightly knit, resembling a pouch. Give two points so that the line does not come loose and cut the line. Knead with your hand and set the fabric so that it is in the flattened shape, typical of the yo-yo.
Important tip: if you do the basting with points very close to each other, it will get the most shallow crust at the time you pull the line. This finish is good for the cases where you will finalize the yo-yo with a button or other embellishment in the center. To make the kernel more closed, give more spaced points. This finish is ideal for creating pieces in which the yoke stands with the center on display as in cushions and bedspreads.
How to Make Fuxico with Filling Step-by-Step
A very nice variation of the yo-yo is to make filled pieces. For this you will need, in addition to the materials already listed above, synthetic fiber or other material suitable to fill the yoke.
- Cut the molds into the fabric exactly as if you were going to make the simple yo-yo;
- Straighten all around the circle of fabric to form the yoke, but before pulling the thread and making the finish, fill the fabric with the stuffing until it is very fluffy;
- Pull the thread and close with a few stitches so that the seam does not come loose. You will have a cute ball that can be used in different ways when assembling your product;
- One suggestion for finishing is to create a flower with filler. When pulling the thread to close the yoke, take one stitch just to hold it, pass the thread through the middle of the fiber, coming out right in the center of the fabric on the other side;
- Sew a button, a pearl or a bead to make the kernel of the flower;
- To make the petals, thread the seam through the flower and return inside the center. Pull the thread firmly and if necessary, thread the thread more than once giving a stitch to firm the work. Repeat the process until you have 6 petals;
- To give contrast, use a different color line from the fabric and to finalize your flower with filler, cut fabric sheets and glue with fabric glue or sew underneath the flower;
- Finish by pasting a circle of felt under the flower.
How to make square yo-yo step-by-step.
Another model of different fuxico and that gives a very nice finish to the craft projects is the square yo-yo. They are less seen in the crafts in general, but the final effect is very elegant, so you can use it to make more showy pieces.
You will need square patchwork in addition to the materials already listed above. The only difference between the traditional yoke and the square is that the mold in this case is not round.
- Cut squares with the fabric to the size you want, always remembering that the mold should be twice the size of the yo-yo you want to make;
- Fold the fabric square in half and then in half again to mark the center;
- Take one of the ends of the fabric and take it to the center of the yo-yo. Hold on. Do the same with the other 3 tips;
- Match the 4 tips so they do not come loose. You will have, as a result, a smaller square of fabric;
- Repeat the previous process, take one of the ends of the smaller square, the same side that you made the basting of the 4 tips and again in the center of the yoke. Do the same with the other 3 tips;
- You doubled the ends toward the center and threaded twice. The result will be an even smaller square of fabric;
- Now to finish, you should fold the ends out and it will be wrinkled in the center and with the squared sides.
Bonus: 30 yo-yo inspirations in decoration
Picture 1 - Fuxicos stitched in pattern to form a beautiful bed quilt.
Picture 2 - Beach set with bag and slipper elaborated with fuxico.
Picture 3 - Center of table of yoke and vase with elaborated flowers in the material with fabric.
Picture 4 - Petit cushion to decorate the armchair with colorful fuxicos.
Picture 5 - Door controls in fabric to fix in the armchair decorated with fuxicos.
Picture 6 - Cushion of pin made with fuxicos.
Picture 7 - Decorative frame with fuxicos.
Picture 8 - Fuxico to decorate the Christmas tree.
Picture 9 - Use the yo-yo to decorate custom gift boxes.
Image 10 - Small fuxicos used in the curtain.
Image 11 - Tiara made with delicate pieces of yoke.
Picture 12 - Also trendy fuxico used to form a super fashion vest!
Picture 13 - Fuxicos with several styles and colors to coat the headboard of a single bed.
Picture 14 - Centerpiece made with multicolored fuxicos.
Picture 15 - Giant bee-eater with fuxico.
Image 16 - Fuxico with filling to decorate Easter.
Image 17 - T-shirts with crafts and fuxico.
Picture 18 - Table lamp with colored fuxicos.
Image 19 - Blue fuxico in the center of table.
Image 20 - Pendant to decorate your wall with ribbon and fuxicos.
Picture 21 - Beautiful composition of different tissues to form fuxicos.
Picture 22 - Mini stool with seat in fabric and tips in fuxico.
Image 23 - Beach bag with fuxicos around.
Picture 24 - Do it yourself: metallic basket decoration with yoffs!
Picture 25 - Also trendy in sewing models as in this skirt with fuxicos.
Image 26 - Decorative panel elaborated with fuxicos in different colors of fabrics.
Picture 27 - Colored pillow with several fuxicos.
Image 28 - Slipper stylized and decorated with fuxico.
Picture 29 - Make your Christmas tree even more special with a fabric ball covered by fuxicos.
Picture 30 - Bedspread elaborated with fuxicos.
Now that you've learned how to make simple, filling and square yo-yak, simply give your imagination and creativity wings to create charming pieces for yourself or to give to your loved ones.
The yo-yo can also be a great source of income if you are interested in developing creative and differentiated pieces to sell. Just train hard and use and abuse the materials available for finishing, fabric patterning and tips from other artisans. Enjoy!