Techniques & Blocks
Yo Yo's - two methods
by Karen Johnson
Yo-Yo's - the nifty quick way!
Once you've mastered this shape, you can try your hand at lots of different sizes and shapes:
Yo-Yo's - the traditional way!
If you're a traditionalist, or just don't want another gadget, you can make yo-yo's the old fashioned way, with just needle, thread and fabric. Here's another video from Deb to show you how. She'll be making a 1-3/4" finished yo-yo by beginning with a 4" circle of fabric.
Here's the formula for figuring out what size fabric circle to cut:
Finished yo-yo x 2, plus 1/2" = size circle to cut. I'll break it down now:
- Finished size measurement of your yo-yo (ours is 1 3/4")
- 1 3/4" x 2 = 3 1/2"
- Add 1/2" to this number, 3 1/2" + 1/2" = 4"
- This is the size of the fabric circle to begin.
Keep in mind you don't even need a formula. Instead, you can decide your finished size by deciding on your template. Your template can be anything you can trace around - a small bowl, a plastic lid, a large drinking glass - any circle will do. Just use the same template for all the yo-yo's in your project so they all turn out the same - they will be slightly smaller than half of the beginning circle.
What do you do with them? Awhile back, Deb made a project with teeny tiny yo-yo's (made the old fashioned way) stitched into a mini quilt - it about drove her crazy! But the results were oh-so-cute! See below. She simply whip stitched them together.
You can also string them together in a stack for doll arms and legs.
Or lay them side by side and whip stitch 2-4 stitches to create a quilt top of any style you like. No backing is required because there are no raw edges showing, but you can add a backing if you like.
They are also excellent for embellishing - totes, pincushions, artist trading cards, you name it!