Posted in Quilting 2012, Tutorial

Yoyo’s for Helen

In making my May Bee Block for the Modern Minx Bee, I used a yoyo for the centre of an appliqued flower.  Helen was very excited about that and said it was on her ‘to do’ list of techniques to learn….so I thought I would provide a short tutorial for making them, since there are probably a few others that may be interested.

So, here we go…

First step is to make a circle on fabric – you need one at slightly larger than twice the size of your finished yoyo.  I used the ring of a large mason jar as a template.

I just used a pencil here to mark the fabric.

Now, just cut out your circle…

I finger press around the edges – between 1/8″ & 1/4″.  This just makes the next step a little easier.

This is what it looks like when you go all the way around.  It isn’t important to be precise here, just approximate.

Next step – start sewing.  You get a needle and thread (I use a double thread for this) and go all the way around the circle in a running stitch, turning under as you go.  Your stitches should be about 1/4″.  You don’t need to knot the end of the thread; just leave a 6″ tale – you will need it to tie off when you’re finished with the running stitch.

It should look like this when you are finished.

Now you take hold of both ends of the thread and pull tight…as tight as you can….

It should look like this – a little pouch 🙂

Next, tie a knot in the thread – and trim the long ends.

The next step is hard to describe – you take the little pouch shape and flatten it in the palm of your hand.  You may have to manipulate it a bit, but in the end it should look like this!

…and voila – you have a yoyo, ready to be used as a flower centre for applique, or wheels, or snowmen eyes or buttons, and the list goes on and on….you can add a button to the centre to further embellish…Have fun with them….

Hope this is clear enough…let me know if you have any questions….

Happy quilting,

Connie 🙂


I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

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