Learn How to Make Yo-Yos Quilting Video from Fons & Porter

Follow these simple steps to make yo-yos to add to any project. Check out Clovers YoYo Makers in our online store. Once you learn how to make yo-yo’s, you’ll likely find a wealth of uses for them – from adding them as a decorative touch to your quilt tops to home decor to embellishing gift wrap with this touch of quilting. One of the more difficult things about making yo-yo’s for many quilters is getting used to making longer running stitches. We’re so used to keeping our stitches small so that our piecing is secure, it can be frustrating to “train” your hands and your brain to let you make your stitches longer!

About Making Yo-Yos

Suggested Quilt Patterns Using This TechniqueBlooming Yo-Yo Runner Quilt, Scallop Patchwork Pillow, Yo-Yo Basket Pillow

Learn How To Do This Quilting Technique

Do not make running stitches too small. Longer stitches make the circle easier to gather, and the “hole” smaller.

  1. Cut circles appropriate size for project.
  2. Turn under raw edge of circle 1/4″ to wrong side and take small running stitches around edge through both layers (Photo A). Use quilting thread or other thread that will not break when gathering.
  3. Pull thread to gather circle with right side of fabric facing out. Make a knot to hold circle closed. Gathered side is front of yo-yo (Photo B).

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Photo A Photo B

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