Thursday, September 1, 2011

Who is Random Nicole?

aboutimageRandom Nicole is Nicole Stevenson started crafting things at an early age. Ahe started her first crafty business at age 9, selling handmade stationary out of an old refrigerator box (decorated to look like a shop) on her front lawn. she then moved on to to edible treats... creating and selling chocolates in front of her dad's barber shop.

Nicole now divides her time and creativity between:
1. creating and selling one of a kind things for her line: random Nicole
2. co-producing patchwork indie arts & crafts festival a bi-annual southern California event featuring emerging makers of art, clothing, food, music and more with her aunt Delilah Snell,
3. teaching DIY workshops and teaching crafts privately for everything from birthday parties to corporate team building
4. consulting and doing custom design work for individuals and businesses
5. writing short stories for her in progress MFA in creative writing


what you need:
-hand-sewing needle
-fabric scraps cut into various size circles around 2-5 inches in diameter
-necklace chain & clasp


what to do:

431. hold one fabric circle so the printed side is down

2. fold over about a 1/4 of an inch of the edge of fabric from bottom to top so you can see a bit of the printed side on the back of the fabric

3. thread your needle and do a running stitch (push the needle through the fabric from bottom to top then from top to bottom) repeat the running stitch around the circle

4. once you have sewn around the whole circle, pull the thread until your circle puckers (it will look like a pouch) and knot the tail of the thread from where you started with the tail of the thread with the needle on it.  knot it 2 more times

5. now pull the sides out from the center and flatten the pouch.

6. you have your first yo-yo!

7. repeat this for your other fabric circles until all the fabric circles are yo-yo's

8. design your necklace- pick 3 yo-yo's for the top line and arrange the rest below them in a 'v' pattern

9. once decided how to arrange your yo-yo's, slightly overlap the first two in the top left corner and sew a few stitches on the back side to connect them.

10. now sew the last one in the top row to the first two and sew the remaining yo-yo's together as well, making sure to overlap each one a bit.

11. stitch one end of each side of the chain to the top of each side of the 'v' of your yo-yo collage.

12. put your new necklace on and marvel at your craftiness!


Isn’t this great!!!  I see one of these in my future!!!

And how about this as the giveaway?

IMG_0400Nicole has generously offered to giveaway this cute owl bag!  Just leave a comment here for a chance to win!!!

After you leave a comment, be sure to browse Random Nicole’s website and then head on over to her shop!!!


Anonymous said...

yeah! thanks for posting my tutorial!
-random nicole

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

everything Nicole does is soooo darn cute!

mindy gallagher said...

very cute yo-yo necklace! my mom use to make yo-yo's and put them on everything when I was growing up! Very cute bag as well!

debpaint16 said...

This looks easy enough & would make great gifts!! I checked out her store, love her items!!! Love the bags!!!

Daydream_away said...

I'm loving the jewelry tutorials!

Anonymous said...

Such a cute bag. Yo-yos are so much fun to use and look so cute on just about everything!

LoriLu said...

Love this necklace, the yo-yo's are so simple to make but I would have never though to make them into a necklace. I've used them on cards, scrapbook pages, and now I am going to try and make this necklace. Thanks for the great idea and tutorial, I can't wait to see more!

gsandoval said...

too cute! I love owls! And nice job Nicole, you are one busy girl!

Jodie R said...

What an adorable necklace! I love making yo yo's, but never thought of this idea! I usually use them for flower tops! Thank you for a great idea!!

Jodie.ruiz at

maria soto said...

very creative - loved your shop

A. Diaz said...

Very Cute!!!!

Karen Poirier-Brode said...

Enjoying these tutorials. Fun!