March 19, 2014

Fabric Yo-Yo Tutorial with Free Printable Templates

As you might imagine, I have accumulated quite a stash of fabric scraps over the years. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to put those scraps to use: fabric yo-yo’s! These little gems, which look something like gathered flowers, are perfect for adorning anything from wearable accessories to home decor items, and they can be whipped up in just a matter of minutes. In this post, I’m providing an easy-to-follow photo tutorial for making fabric yo-yo’s, plus free downloadable cutting templates for making yo-yo’s in a number of handy sizes. Let’s get started!

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

 For this project, you will need…

To begin, download and print the yo-yo size templates onto the white cardstock, and cut the templates out.

Note: If you wish to make a yo-yo of a size not available in the printable templates, cut a circle that is twice the measurement desired for the finished yo-yo PLUS 1/2″ for seam allowance. For instance, for a 4″ yo-yo, you will need to cut a circle that is 8.5″ (4 x 2 = 8 + .5 = 8.5″).

Using the washable ink marker, trace the desired template size onto the wrong side of a scrap of fabric. 

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Use shears to cut the circle out.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Thread the sewing needle with a double-strand of thread for added durability, and knot the end. Fold under the outer edge by 1/4″, and use a running stitch to stitch along the outer edge, as shown. Note: the longer the stitch length used, the smaller the center opening will be in your finished yo-yo.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Continue folding under the outer edge by 1/4″ and stitching with a running stitch until you have gone around the entire perimeter of the fabric circle. Important: Do not snip off the needle and thread yet!

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Using the needle and thread, pull gently to gather the piece at the center, as seen below. Press the piece gently with your hand to flatten and adjust the gathers as necessary to create a uniform circle.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Secure the yo-yo by stitching through 2-3 of the gathers, as shown. Knot the end, and snip the thread.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

The stitching process for the yo-yo is complete! Wasn’t that easy?

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Now, add some flair to the finished piece with a cute center. Use hot glue to affix a pretty button, cabochon or other bauble to the front of the yo-yo.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

When you see how easy it is to make fabric yo-yo’s, you’ll want to make a passel of them! 

I love to add pin backs to yo-yo’s to wear on jackets and sweaters, or to pin onto totes and purses. These are also fun attached to hair clips or head bands. There are so many possibilities!

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Make two different yo-yo’s in ascending sizes to achieve a pretty layered look…

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

…or use them simply on their own with just a pretty center. 

Fabric yo-yo's are a great way to use fabric scraps! Free templates with tutorial at Positively Splendid.

 

Wanting even more inspiration for using up those scraps you have socked away? Be sure to check out these other terrific ideas, which all require just a minimal amount of fabric!

Drawstring Fabric Gift Bags

Portable First-Aid Kit

Scalloped Sunglasses Case

DIY Pattern Weights

Elegant Wristlet Clutch

 

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2 Responses to Fabric Yo-Yo Tutorial with Free Printable Templates

  1. ga447 March 19, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    I like putting the button and flower on the yo’yo’s, it is very relaxing to make them. Last year I made thank you for teachers and I put yy on the card.

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