How to Sew a Basic Fabric Yo-Yo

Fabric Yo-Yo
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    How to sew a fabric Yo-Yo
    Fabric Yo-Yo. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    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.
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    Cutting Out Yo-Yos

    Cutting out Yo-Yos
    Cutting out Yo-Yos. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • 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.
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    Sewing a Yo-Yo

    Sewing a Yo-Yo
    Sewing a Yo-Yo. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • 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.
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    Gather the Circle

    Gather the Circle
    Gather the Circle. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • 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.