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
- Jar lid, bowl or compass
- Chalk or water-soluble pen
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.
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.
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.
Pull the loose end of the thread through the fabric, gathering the fabric in the center to create the yo-yo.
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.
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