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« on: August 25, 2006 09:55:17 AM »

This is my first picture post on craftster, so hopefully all is well.

Yo-Yos are ruffled circles of fabric that are extremely easy to make. My mom has fond memories of staying up late and making these with her Mum on Friday nights, and I've been fascinated by them since I was little.
When Mum used to sew (when she stayed at home), I'd hang out with her around the dining table. She'd cut me circles out of scrap fabric, and I'd patiently (and messily) form fabric yo-yos.

A couple of years later, while watching Project Runway, I noticed that one of the designers used yo-yos as an accent for their outfit. Once again, my yo-yo making obsession was sparked and I've been sewing up a storm of yo-yos. Here's a tutorial for a simple yo-yo.


You need
  • A template for a circle (I used a plastic glass)
  • Fabric (just a scrap!)
  • Scissors/Needle/Thread/Tool for marking fabric

Step 1

Trace your template onto the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out.

A quick note on the size of your yo-yos. To find the approximate size of your yo-yo, divide the diameter of your circle in half and subtract .5" (for seam allowances)

Step 2.

Fold your fabric over .25" and secure with a loose running stitch. You're essentially folding a hem, although there is still a rough edge. Do that around the entire circle.

When you're finished, the top looks like...

And the bottom looks like...

Step 3.

Using your extra thread (from the two ends of the running stitch), pull the ends of the thread. Your yo-yo should start to ruffle. Pull it into a tight circle on the top and knot the threads together.

It kind of looks like a yo-yo now, but not exactly. All you have to do is kind of center the hole in the middle of the yo-yo and squish the fabric down.

It should look like this, although hopefully not as blurry. (Darn that digital camera!)

And voila! A yo-yo for your embellishing pleasure. They're great on bags, pillows, scarves, hoodies... their just great, in general.

If you have any questions, please ask me!


At least you'll never be a vegetable- Even artichokes have hearts.
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2006 10:19:46 AM »

« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006 08:27:12 AM »

Thanks for the tut.  I  have wanted a tut since I saw Angela begin using those on Proj Runway. 

Emma Rose
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