Making Fabric Yo Yos

Category Sewing
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 page about making fabric yo yos.


Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

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.
  2. Using your template trace your circle(s).

  3. If not using the Clover maker, use you tape measure to turn under your seam.
  4. Advertisement

  5. Begin sewing around the circle through both thicknesses. Make sure to continue your stitches just past the starting point for optimal gathering.
  6. Once you have completed your running stitch around the circle, carefully pull up on the thread, gathering the circle.
  7. When the opening is closed make a knot. Insert and remove the needle in the crease to hide the knot.
  8. Cut the thread close to the fabric and form it into a round shape.
  9. Advertisement

  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 R Barbara

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2
Read More Comments

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.

Sewn Yo Yo Size Testers

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 2


July 11, 2013

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

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

September 23, 2016

This is a page 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.

Pieced Scrap Fabric Yo Yos

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

Crafts SewingJune 19, 2013
Summer Ideas!
Coronavirus Tips
Back to School Ideas!
Pest Control
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-07-18 19:05:33 in 1 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Add to PageAsk a Question