Gather supplies to sew yo-yo's
Yo-yo's are super fun and fast to sew. They can be used to decorate patchwork or used by themselves to make a coverlet. I have used them in several patterns.
You will need:
- Cardboard or template plastic to make yo-yo circle or Clover yo-yo maker
- Fabric marker
- Needle: Milliner 10 or 11
- Thread: 50wt minimum
Sewing a yo-yo from a template
- Trace a plate, saucer, anything that is the size you need.
- Select the fabric you want to use for your yo-yo and cut a circle from the fabric using a circular template.
- Thread the needle with a matching or contrasting thread, leave a 2-3" tail, don’t knot the end.
- Hold the fabric circle with the wrong side facing you.
- Fold the edge of the fabric circle about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) to the wrong side and start sewing with small, even stitches along the folded edge.
- Keep stitching around the circle's entire circumference, ensuring to maintain even stitches.
- Once you've stitched all the way around, gently pull the thread to gather the fabric. This will create a pouch or "puff" shape.
- Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric into the centre, closing up the hole.
- Then taking the 2-3" tail left when you started, make a knot with the thread and needle still attached to the yo-yo to secure the thread.
- Take the needle and thread that’s still attached through the inside and out the back of the yo-yo and knot it off and re-thread the other tails, doing the same.
Sewing a yo-yo using a Clover Yo-yo maker
I have a video with annotations on how to use a Clover Yo-yo maker over on Instagram. LINK.