Fu xico is a typical Brazilian technique, the origin of which is more than 150 years old. It all started with a group of women in the north-east of the country who gathered to sew and thus contribute to the livelihood of their families. This article will show you how to do yo-yo in a simple and practical way:
The yo-yo essentially consists of a flap made of rounded fabric, in the color and with the desired print, at the ends with delicate stitches that are creased at the end. The fabric is shaped like a small flower and can be used as a finish for larger pieces such as quilts, bags, towels, pillows, accessories, souvenirs and various decorative objects.
The name fuxico is synonymous with gossip and ended up being a reference for this type of work, as it was said that women would gather to sew and spend hours talking about the lives of others. Take a look at how to make perfect fuxicos and make your products even more beautiful.
How to Make Fuxico: Materials Required
To make the simple yoke you will need the following materials:
- Sewing thread in different colors;
- See you;
- Pen or pencil to mark the shape on the fabric;
- Preferably, tissue flaps do not break easily;
- Forms made of cardboard or other solid material.
How to do yo-yo step by step
The technique of yo-yo is very easy to do and as you exercise the finish of your yo-yo just keeps getting better. Start with the simple yo-yo, once you realize you’ve mastered it well, try the other types of finishing.
First, make a round shape for your fuxicos in cardboard, cardboard or other solid material. This shape needs to be twice the size of the finished yo-yo, plus a niece fabric for basting. Use a jar, lid, saucepan, or old CD to make the mark.
2. Trace on the fabric
Place the template over the selected fabric and work around the circle with a pen or pencil so that the line is visible. We recommend that you run the trace inside out, as this part will stay inside after the stitch and the pen’s ink will not appear.
Now it’s time to cut the circles you drew with sharp or scissors to cut fabric. The circle doesn’t have to be perfect or extremely regular.
Fold a small edge around the circle into the fabric as you align it. Use strong line and good quality. Basting is nothing more than passing the needle across the fabric with regular intervals between one point and the other.
After sewing, pull the thread until the edges of the circle meet in the middle and let the fabric knit tightly, similar to a bag. Give two points so that the line doesn’t come loose and intersect the line. Knead by hand and lay the fabric so that it lies in the flattened shape typical of the yo-yo.
Important tip: leaving the dots very close together will give you the flattest crust when you draw the line. This finish is good for those cases where you complete the yo-yo with a button or other ornament in the middle. To make the kernel more closed, give more points. This finish is ideal for making parts where the yoke is centered on the display like in pillows and bedspreads.
How to do Fujico step by step with the filling
A very nice variant of the yo-yo is to make filled pieces. To do this, in addition to the materials already mentioned above, you will need synthetic fibers or other materials suitable for filling the yoke.
- Cut the shapes into the fabric just as you would do the simple yo-yo;
- Straighten around the circle of fabric to shape the yoke, but before you pull the thread and do the finish, fill the fabric with the stuffing until it is very fluffy;
- Pull the thread and close it 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. As you pull the thread to close the yoke, take a stitch just to hold it, pass the thread through the center of the fiber and come out right in the middle of the fabric on the other side;
- Sew a button, bead, or bead to make the core of the flower;
- To make the petals, thread the seam through the flower and return to the center. Pull the thread tight and if necessary, thread the thread more than once and give a stitch to secure the work. Repeat the process until you have 6 petals;
- To give contrast, use a different line of color from the fabric and to finalize your flower with filler, cut strips of fabric and glue with tissue glue or sew under the flower;
- Finish by inserting a circle of the felt under the flower.
How to do square yo-yo step by step.
Another model from various fuxico that gives the craft projects a very nice finish is the square yo-yo. They’re less seen in crafts in general, but the final effect is very elegant so you can use it to make more eye-catching pieces.
You will need a square patchwork in addition to the materials already listed above. The only difference between the traditional yoke and the square is that in this case the shape is not round.
- Use the fabric to cut squares to the size you want, always remembering that the shape should be twice the size of the yo-yo you are trying to make;
- Fold the square of fabric in half and then in half again to mark the center;
- Take one end of the fabric and place it in the center of the yo-yo. Please wait. Do the same with the other 3 tips;
- Combine the 4 tips so they don’t come off. You will have a smaller square of tissue as a result;
- Repeat the previous process, taking one of the ends of the smaller square, the same side that you tinkered the 4 tips on, and again in the center of the yoke. Do the same with the other 3 tips;
- You have doubled the ends towards the middle and threaded them twice. The result will be an even smaller square of cloth;
- Finally, you should fold out the ends and it will be wrinkled in the middle and with the square sides.
Bonus: 30 Jo-Jo inspirations in the decoration
Picture 1 – Fuxicos sewn in the pattern to make a beautiful bedspread.
Image 2 – Beach set with bag and slipper, worked out with FuXico.
Figure 3 – Center table of yoke and vase with elaborated flowers in the material with fabric.
Image 4 – Petit cushions to decorate the armchair with colorful FuXicos.
Picture 5 – Door controls in fabric to fix in armchair decorated with fuxicos.
Picture 6 – Pillow made from pin with fuxicos.
Picture 7 – Decorative frame with fuxicos.
Picture 8 – Fu xico 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 with delicate yoke parts.
Image 12 – Also trendy fu xico to form a super fashion vest!
Image 13 – Fuxicos with different styles and colors to coat the headboard of a single bed.
Image 14 – centerpiece made of multi-colored fuxicos.
Image 15 – Giant bee-eater with FuXico.
Picture 16 – Fu xico with filling to decorate Easter.
Picture 17 – T-shirts with handicrafts and FuXico.
Image 18 – Table lamp with colored fuxicos.
Picture 19 – Blue Fu xico in the middle of the table.
Image 20 – Pendant to decorate your wall with ribbon and anklet.
Picture 21 – Nice combination of different tissues for the formation of fuxicos.
Figure 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!
Image 25 – Also trendy in sewing models like in this skirt with fuxicos.
Picture 26 – Decorative panel made with Fuxicos in different fabric colors.
Figure 27 – Colored pillow with several fuxicos.
Image 28 – Stylized slippers and decorated with Fuzico.
Image 29 – Make your Christmas tree even more special with a fabric ball covered with fuxicos.
Figure 30 – Bedspread elaborated with fuxicos.
Now that you’ve learned how to make simple, filling, and square yo-yaks, give wings to your imagination and creativity to create charming pieces for yourself or give to your loved ones.
The yo-yo can also be a great source of income if you’re interested in selling creative and differentiated pieces. Train hard and use and abuse the materials available for finishing, fabric samples and tips from other craftsmen.