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Making Fabric Yo Yos

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These fun to make gathered fabric circles are a favorite with quilters and other fabric artists. They can be used to accent many projects, sewn together into quilts, or in a number of other exciting craft projects. This is a guide about making fabric yo yos.


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August 14, 2012

This is a short tutorial for making fabric yo yos. These cute little fabric circles can be used in lots of craft projects, from quilts to Christmas garlands.


Approximate Time: 4 minutes more or less per yo yo



  1. Make your template from your choice of materials. I used an old manila file folder for mine. They work great and last quite awhile. It should be approximately 1/4 - 3/8th of an inch larger than the finished size of your yo yo to accommodate the the "hem" you will be turning under.
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  3. Using your template trace your circle(s).

  4. If not using the Clover maker, use you tape measure to turn under your seam.
  5. Begin sewing around the circle through both thicknesses. Make sure to continue your stitches just past the starting point for optimal gathering.
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  7. Once you have completed your running stitch around the circle, carefully pull up on the thread, gathering the circle.
  8. When the opening is closed make a knot. Insert and remove the needle in the crease to hide the knot.
  9. Cut the thread close to the fabric and form it into a round shape.
  10. You are done!

If using the yo yo maker, you will either follow the same initial steps for cutting a circle with your template, or follow the instructions on your yo yo maker.


The manufacturer calls for using a square and cutting off the excess. Although it takes a bit longer to trace and cut the circles with the template, I prefer this method as it wastes less fabric.

By Barbara

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June 4, 2015

My mom and I do a lot of crafts using yo yos and one issue we have had is figuring out what size templates to use to get the size yo yo we want. So we decided to make each of our template sizes into a sewn yo yo. We cut out each size from plain white fabric. Then we wrote the size of each yo yo onto the fabric using a permanent marker before sewing them shut. Now we can play around with sizes without having to waste good fabric as we design a craft.


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September 23, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making pieced scrap fabric yo yos. Yo yos don't have to be made from a single piece of fabric. You can make them from pieced scrap fabric squares, or leftover quilt blocks.

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July 11, 20131 found this helpful

This is a short tutorial for making fabric yo yos. These cute little fabric circles can be used in lots of craft projects, from quilts to Christmas garlands. View the full project here: Making Fabric Yo Yos

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