How to Make Fabric Yo-Yos

Fabric yo-yos are both fun and easy to make, and another way to use up those fabric scraps. You can take this fun-to-make craft project with you wherever you go, as it is easily portable in your sewing or craft bag. Fabric yo-yos were once joined to make coverlets for the bed, and recently, are used to adorn decorative throw pillows in popular magazines.

How to Make a Yo-Yo
Trace a pattern for the yo-yo twice the size of the finished yo-yo. Add a ½ inch seam allowance. I have used a coffee mug or saucer to trace the pattern, but anything will do. Use a sturdy (but not too thick) material to trace your pattern. Thin cardboard works well.

  • Cut out your yo-yo pattern.
  • Trace the yo-yo pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Cut out the fabric circle.
  • Fold under about a 1/2 inch of the raw fabric edge, right side toward wrong, and stitch a running stitch close to the folded edge.
  • Once completely around the circle, pull the thread until your circle puckers and fasten it off. Flatten your yo-yo.

You are done. I told you it was easy and fun!

How to Join Yo-Yos
Place all the yo-yos facing the same side up. Arrange in the desired design for the project at hand. Join yo-yos together with three or four small stitches.

Project Ideas

  • Pillow
  • Throw pillow embellishment
  • Bedspread
  • Table runner
  • Vest
  • Book marker
  • Wreath
  • Embellishments for other craft projects
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