Sew a Yo-Yo Doily

  • 01 of 06

    Materials & Layout

    Laying out yo-yos
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    Sewing yo-yos together without having lumps and bunches of fabric takes a bit of careful hand sewing. Sewing yo-yos together can seem tricky. These instructions will guide you through the process of attaching yo-yos for an item such as a yo-yo doily or other yo-yo sewing project while keeping the fabric smooth so that the yo-yo is the only gathered fabric.



    • Laying out the yo-yos is not as simple as it seems. Understanding color values will help lay out a pleasing design.
    • Print out the desired layout as a guide, or draw a guide to follow. It is easy to lose track of where your design is going.
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  • 02 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 1
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    • Thread the needle with invisible thread and knot the thread. Using a needle threader with invisible thread makes the task easier.
    • Place the needle through the center opening in the yo-yo bringing the needle out where you will be attaching the next yo-yo​ so that the knot is hidden inside the yo-yo.
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  • 03 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 2
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    • Bring the needle in and out of the side of the next yo-yo. The size of the yo-yo will determine the size of your stitch. The smaller the area that will butt up to the next yo-yo, the smaller the hand stitch you will make at each stitch.
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  • 04 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 3
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    • Bring the needle back into the first yo-yo, snugging the thread to make the yo-yos line up to each other, laying smoothly on a flat surface, without them bunching or forming a lump of fabric.
    • Repeat for extra security, so the yo-yos are securely attached to each other.
    • Bring the needle out on the side where you will be attaching the next yo-yo.
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  • 05 of 06

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4

    Attaching Yo-Yos -- Step 4
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    • Repeat the procedure to attach the rest of the yo-yos.
    • Keeping them in a tote bag that could travel allows you to work on the project while on the move.
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  • 06 of 06

    Why Use Invisible Thread

    Why use Invisible Thread
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    Invisible thread does take some getting used to but when joining multiple colors of yo-yos it can't be beat! Using a single color thread allows for any errors to dramatically stand out, which is much less visible if you use invisible thread.

    Tips for Using Invisible Thread

    • Use a quality brand.
    • Use un-aged invisible thread. If the invisible thread is yellowed or insists on staying in the shape of the spool, throw it out. It will increase your frustration to use it.
    • Invisible thread is available in light and dark. Use dark tone invisible thread for dark fabrics and clear invisible thread for light color fabrics.