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Fabric Yoyo Sewing Projects

Updated on January 11, 2017

I Love Fabric YoYos!

My Aunt Ruth had a yo yo quilt coverlet when I was a kid back in the 50s. I loved looking at all the different colors and prints of the fabric yoyos. I remembered the yo yo quilt as a hodge podge of mismatched material seemingly put together without rhyme or reason; it was a chaos of color!

So when a couple years ago I happened upon a small shoebox of vintage fabric yoyos. I was smitten all over again. Especially when I discovered there is now a TOOL to make these yoyos. :) On this page, I will be sharing a few of my own sewing projects using fabric yoyos as well as several found online.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Two Ways to Make Fabric YoYos

Make fabric yoyos for your sewing projects exactly like Heather Bailey shows here on her blog OR you can use these fabulous fabric yoyo makers by Clover. When I first started sewing yoyos I used Heather's method, but now I prefer the ease of these yoyo makers. Simple to use, inexpensive and they make PERFECT yoyos every time. Fast too! :)

Clover Round Large Yo-Yo Maker
Clover Round Large Yo-Yo Maker

Use an inexpensive yoyo maker to make a perfect yoyo!

 

Fiskars = A Cut Above the Rest!

Fiskars = Fine Sewing Equipment. I wouldn't sew without my Fiskars!

Fiskars Sewing Inspiration Set, 3-Piece (167530-1001)
Fiskars Sewing Inspiration Set, 3-Piece (167530-1001)

This is a good quality basic set that is perfect for any person who loves to sew, whether by hand or by machine.

 

Joining YoYos

Joining Fabric YoYos Hand Sewing
Joining Fabric YoYos Hand Sewing | Source

I've tried several ways to join yoyos so the connection would be strong and lay flat. Some of my attempts were a little unsightly. I really didn't know who to ask when I started sewing these because several years ago people didn't seem to know what I was talking about when I mentioned this craft.

So, yes, it took me a while to figure out the best way to join these yoyos, but here's how I do it now:

Insert threaded needle into center of one yoyo and out side edge. Back to back join yoyos with tiny overcast stitches at needle exit point.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Fabric YoYo Patterns - Because a yoyo is NOT just a yoyo. :)

Yo-Yo Ornaments Pattern
Yo-Yo Ornaments Pattern

Whip up some yoyo ornaments for the holidays.

 

Fashionable Fabric YoYos

YoYo Scarf

YoYo Scarf - BOHO
YoYo Scarf - BOHO

This yoyo scarf is what I call BOHO YoYo; BOHO meaning bohemian. Sequins have been sprinkled here and there in the yoyo centers to added boho bling. Sewing projects like this one are super simple and fun too.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Fabric YoYo Dress via Craftster.org
Fabric YoYo Dress via Craftster.org

Fabric YoYo Sundress

Look what this creative Austin TX gal made for her niece....it's a darling pink yoyo dress made of fabric yoyos sewn onto a simple sundress pattern. What a lucky little girl to receive such a beautiful garment.

(Photo credit Craftster.org)

Fabric YoYo Necklace

Fabric YoYo Necklace
Fabric YoYo Necklace

Really red and really really cool! This fabric yoyo necklace was found on craftster. The artist is wait4fiji. She did a wonderful job on this piece. Sewing projects you can wear proudly.....

(Photo credit wait4fiji)

YoYo Maker
YoYo Maker

Which method do you prefer to make fabric yoyos?

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Fabric YoYo Home Decor

Fabric Yoyo TableCloth

Fabric YoYo Tablecloth Vintage via Etsy
Fabric YoYo Tablecloth Vintage via Etsy

Etsy shop, Jannay, is selling this vintage fabric yoyo tablecloth. WOW! Go see it here!

(Photo credit Roberta Grove)

Fabric YoYo Pillow
Fabric YoYo Pillow

Sewing Projects Like This Fabric YoYo Pillow

Need a tutorial for this fabulous fabric yoyo pillow? Fiskars has one all made up for you right here.

(Photo credit Fiskars)

Fabric YoYo Table Runner

Sewing Projects - Fabric YoYo Table Runner
Sewing Projects - Fabric YoYo Table Runner

I LOVED making this table runner, but since completing it several years ago I've decided I prefer table runners and table scarves with an odd number of rows. It's more asthetically pleasing that way.

The great thing about this project though......I can easily add one more row to this fabric yoyo table runner. In fact I could add to the length and width and make it any size I like. Hmmmmmm :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Fabric
Fabric

Fabric YoYo Wall Art

Using Fabric YoYos as Art

Laura, owner of the Etsy store, Linen and Oak, painted vintage frames and arranged assorted fabric yoyos under glass. Hanging on her wall at home. Funky and fun!

(Photo credit Laura Lett)

Fabric YoYo Christmas Garland
Fabric YoYo Christmas Garland

Fabric Yoyo Christmas Garland

Nine feet of yumminess for your Christmas tree. Make one DIY style OR get one like this luscious garland here on Etsy.

(Photo credit yoyo cottage)

Do you YoYo? :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was drawn in by your title, I guess I didn't know the name for fabric yo-yos but have seen them around for years and always thought they looked fun, especially with all the colors. I especially love your green tablecloth, it looks like an heirloom and maybe will be one some day! :)

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Not yet. I have an old yo yo quilt of my grandmother's. I have loved it since I was a little girl. I have always been interested in making one but didn't know how to start. Thanks for the instructions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love making yo yos and i make coasters out of them but i want to make a table runner for my parents for Christmas.

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      attraction 42 4 years ago

      No, not yet! :)

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      This seems to be cream of the sewing crop:)

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      Since my last visit here I found that an online friend is making a yo-yo quilt. I'm back to click over to the instructions and see just what it's all about......not like I need yet another project though! lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never seen fabric yoyo's before, I might need to try some of these. I love the pillow, the sundress is neat also.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      ok, these are too cool! yes, now you have me wanting to learn how to make them too.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I want to YoYo. I think I will give this a try. I buy vintage YoYos when I find them too. LOVE THEM!