How to Make a Fabric Yo-Yo Flower

I am excited to share with you how to make a fabric yo-yo flower. I have seen these made a couple of different ways but this way works the best for me.  They are super simple to make and the results are always nice. It would be really hard to mess these up.  Yo-yo's or yo-yo flowers are used to embellish lots of different things from fashion accessories to quilts. I've tried them on all different kinds of fabrics and they always come cute. They will have a slightly different look depending on what material you use and you can make them in different sizes, too.  Another good thing about these is you can make several in no time.  It takes me about 10 minutes or so to make one.  Using a sewing machine would be even better but if you don't have a machine that's okay. Either way, they are really quick and easy to do.  Let's get started.

finished yo yo flower
finished yo yo flower

Materials Needed

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Embellishment

starting out with strip of material
starting out with strip of material
strip of material folded lengthwise
strip of material folded lengthwise

Step One

First cut a strip of material about 3 inches wide by 1.5 long. After you have your strip cut out you will need to fold the strip long ways with right side of material out. Your strip will then measure 1.50 in. by 1.5 ft long. Depending on how big or small you want your yo-yo to be, you can tweak the measurement of the width of the fabric a little bit. The wider it is the bigger the yo-yo will be.

TIP: You don't have to fold the fabric. Just make sure you are using a fabric that will not fray at the edges. Do everything according to the directions but don't fold. If you use a bit longer piece of fabric and then gather it, you'll get a very ruffled looking flower. These are really cute, too!

folded strip of material illustrating the stitch
folded strip of material illustrating the stitch

Step Two

Now take a needle and thread and make a stitch along the open edge lengthwise. Just one simple stitch is all you need to do. It doesn't even have to be perfect. Just be sure that you do not have a whole lot of length between the stitches or your stitches aren't too long and try to have them somewhat evenly spaced.

scrunching the yo-yo
scrunching the yo-yo

Step Three

When finished, take the needle and thread left over and pull up while pushing down the material making it gather into sort of a ruffle.. scrunching it down.

sewing the ends together
sewing the ends together
finished yo-yo without embellishment
finished yo-yo without embellishment

Step Four

Now that it is all gathered and tight, sew the ends together starting from the gathered end working up toward the edge and then back along the edge to the middle. This forms your ruffled round yo-yo. Knot it and cut the thread and wallah!! You have a yo-yo!

Step Five

Your yo-yo is done and now all you have to do is add your embellishment to the center. Use whatever you want for your embellishment. Here are some ideas:

  • Buttons
  • Gems
  • Charms
  • Sequins
  • Beads

You could also layer smaller yo-yo's on top or embellish with a bow and then a little rhinestone.

That's all there is to making a yo-yo or yo-yo flower! I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and I have inspired you. Remember, these are super simple to make. Even if you think you aren't the "crafty" type, you may be amazed at how nice these turn out.  It's extremely hard to mess these up.. I encourage you to give it a try! Experiment with different fabrics and different embellishments. You will have so much fun!

More fabric yo-yo's from sequin material- so pretty!
More fabric yo-yo's from sequin material- so pretty!

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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

What a beautiful way to preserve the memories by using your moms cotton dresses to make table runners..this brought a tear to my eye :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

kathy 3 years ago

I have all my moms cotton house dresses and used the material from them after she passed away to make table runners for my sisters and I. Looking at it we remember her in the dresses and keep a part of her with us

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

CASE1WORKER- Yes, you can use these flowers for so many different things! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting :)

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fantastic- gives me so many ideas, thanks!

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

geetbhim- Thank you, I love making this type of fabric flower. It is easy and a lot of fun. Thanks for dropping by!

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geetbhim 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

nice idea ! thanks for sharng

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Allie, Yay! I bet it turned out very cute :0)

Allie 4 years ago

just made one!! so excited to wear it to school tomorrow!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

dredcuan: Thank you for reading! I appreciate the comment.

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dredcuan 5 years ago

Cool little yoyos. I never imagined that things could look more better with just a good imagination.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Jacob.. thanks for reading!

@Hannah: I love these little yo yo's.. they are so easy to make. The quilt sounds really cute, too! Thanks for stopping in.. Hope all is well with you :)

mico 5 years ago

These are very cool ideas.

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HannahRiley 5 years ago from Texas

My mom made a quilt from these & it went for a lot of money at our church bazaar!!! she just sewed them all together & I believe she sewed a complimenting fabric to the back of it. All of the Yo-Yo flowers were made from different fabrics & it turned out great:) just an idea...Great hub Jamie ;)

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jacobsterling 5 years ago from New York

beautiful hub! thanks for sharing..i can make a business from these. ^_^

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni, Glad I could help you out :) I love making these.. they are so easy to make!

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

You've given me a great idea for something I've been mulling over in the back of my head. What to do with my stock of crocheted flowers? Make green print yo-yos for their background and use them in a variety of projects. Thanks!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome Sun Girl! I appreciate you stopping by :)

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Great work you actually did in here and i appreciate the fact on how you actually shared your techniques on how to make yo-yo flower,thanks for sharing.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch! I'm so glad the instructions came out easy to understand.. Thank you for the positive feedback..:)

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Jamie, I love the way you do your instructions - they are so easy to follow. Before this I had only seen the yoyo's made using circles. This is way better. Rated up and useful.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome, Becky! Thank you :0)

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Thank you for sharing your technique for making yo yo flowers. Great step by step instructions with pictures. I'm bookmarking this one for future reference. Awesome Hub.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for commenting, tipoague and Helpful Hanna!

4youreyes: Yes, I've seen the other way with the circles. I thought this way was much easier, too! Thank you for the nice comment :)

4youreyes 5 years ago

This is a different way of making yo-yo-flower's,I've only seen them done by cutting circles, this way looks so much easier. Thanks for sharing

Have A Good Day !

Helpful Hanna 5 years ago

These look so cool. Thanks!

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I have never seen these made. Great tip! Thanks!

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