How to Sew a Basic Fabric Yo-Yo

Fabric Yo-Yo
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How to sew a fabric Yo-Yo
Debbie Colgrove

Materials to create a fabric yo-yo are usually found around the house.

  • Fabric: Old clothing can even be your fabric supply. Light-weight to medium-weight fabric is best because of the gathering involved in making a yo-yo. If the fabric is too heavy the gathering can stop the yo-yo from laying out smoothly.
  • A Circle Template: You want a circle that is approximately double the size of the desired finished yo-yo. Many round circles are around the house. Glasses, dishes, embroidery hoops are just a few. Many templates can be purchased in the notions sections of a fabric or quilting store.
  • Marking tools: Tailor's chalk or quilting pencils work very well.
  • Sharp scissors.
  • Hand sewing needles.
  • Strong, quality thread.

Cutting Out Yo-Yos

Cutting out Yo-Yos
Debbie Colgrove
  • With your fabric laid out smooth and wrinkle free, trace around the edge of your template.
  • To cut multiple circles at a time, pin the center of the circle, keeping the fabric flat and smooth.
  • Cut the circles out following the circle that is marked on the fabric. Be sure to keep the fabric aligned if you are cutting more than one at a time.

Sewing a Yo-Yo

Sewing a Yo-Yo
Debbie Colgrove
  • Thread a hand sewing needle and knot one thread, leaving a tail after the knot.
  • Working with the wrong side of the fabric toward you, gently turn under approximately 1/8" to 1/4" of the edge of the circle.
  • Insert the needle in the edge of the fabric on the wrong side so the knot will be inside the yo-yo.
  • Sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle, turning the edge as you sew, stopping when you reach where you started.

Gather the Circle

Gather the Circle
Debbie Colgrove
  • Holding the needle thread, pull the thread to gather the circle.
  • Tuck the turned edge into the center, keeping the right side of the fabric out as you gather the circle.
  • Gather until you have an almost closed circle.
  • Use the gathering thread and the knot-tail to knot the thread multiple times.
  • Trim the threads close to the knots.
  • Finger press the yo-yo flat with the "hole" in the center.
  • Join yo-yos together in any desired pattern.