For as long as I can remember, just seeing a fabric yo-yo would make me feel giddy.
No more than a circle of fabric gathered in the middle, often with a button in the center, they evoke a sense of whimsy and playfulness.
Yo-yos are simple and enjoyable to make and are a fantastic way to use up scraps. Plus, there are a lot of creative ways to use them.
How to Sew a Fabric Yo-Yo
After following the directions in this tutorial, you’ll know how to make fabric yo-yos.
Tip: Read all of the steps before you begin.
Gather the Supplies
- scraps of fabric
- circle templates (store-bought, handmade, or objects around the house)
- marking utensil (pencil, pen, water erasable marking pen)
- hand sewing needle
- buttons or other embellishments when sewing yo-yos together (optional)
Prepare the Fabric
- Press wrinkles out of the fabric scraps
- Use the templates to cut out circles from the fabric scraps.
Note: A finished yo-yo is about half the size of the original circle fabric.
|Diameter of Template||Diameter of Yo-Yo|
|5 inches||2.5 inches|
|4 inches||2 inches|
|3 inches||1.25 inches|
|2 inches||3/4 of an inch|
Tip: Read all of the steps before you begin and/or watch the video.
- Knot the end of the thread. With the wrong side of the fabric circle facing you, fold the edge of the circle in about 1/4-inch.
Insert the needle under the folded edge between the two wrong sides, push through to the top, then pull through.
2. Continue folding the edge of the fabric over 1/4-inch while passing the needle in and out through both layers of fabric taking stitches about 1/4-inch in length. This is a running stitch.
You’ll use the running stitch around the entire edge of the circle. Tip: Take a few stitches on the needle before pulling the needle through.
3. Gently pull on the thread to gather the edges of the circle to the inside.
4. Adjust the pleats so they are smooth and evenly spaced.
5. Secure the gathered fabric by stitching over a couple of the pleats 2 or 3 times and tie off the thread.
That’s It. You’re Done!
Yo-yos are little colorful circles of happiness! There are many things you can do with yo-yos either in single or multiple layers.
They can be embellishments on pillows, picture frames, tea towels or headbands.
Use them to create small projects such as wreaths, garland, key chains, or a bouquet of flowers.
You can even sew them together and create large projects such as bed coverings, table runners, or clothing.
One of my goals is to support and empower you to discover the joy of sewing.
I’d love to see what you’re creating. Send photos of what you’re sewing as well as any sewing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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