How to Make Silk Yo-Yos

by Erin Ringwald
Use scraps of silk to make your own yo-yos.

Use scraps of silk to make your own yo-yos.

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Fabric yo-yos can be used to decorate clothing, hair accessories and purses. They can also be assembled into quilts, place mats and other crafts. Although craft stores sell premade yo-yos, making your own allows you to control the type of fabric, colors and sizes. Use the finished yo-yos to spruce up existing pieces or to create something new.

Items you will need

  • Silk fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Jar lid, bowl or compass
  • Chalk or water-soluble pen
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
Step 1

Trace a circle onto a piece of cardboard. Make the circle double the size you want the finished yo-yo, plus 1/2 inch for the seams. Use a jar lid, bowl or a compass to make the circle. Cut the circle out to create your template.

Step 2

Trace the template on the back of your chosen silk fabric with chalk or a water-soluble pen. Trace one circle for each yo-yo you want to make. Cut out the fabric circle.

Step 3

Fold the edges of the circle 1/4 inch to create a seam. Tie a knot in the end of a piece of thread and put it through a needle. Sew the seam down using a running stitch. Keep the stitches evenly spaced. Use long stitches for a tighter yo-yo center and shorter stitches for a looser yo-yo center. Remove the needle from the thread once you stitch around the entire circumference of the circle.

Step 4

Pull the loose end of the thread through the fabric, gathering the fabric in the center to create the yo-yo.

Step 5

Rethread the needle with the loose end of thread. Use the needle to place four or five stitches through the gathered edge of the center of the yo-yo to secure it. Tie a knot in the end of the thread, close to the gathered fabric. Trim away the excess thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an embroidery machine to sew the yo-yos, if you prefer.

Photo Credits

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