Michele Muska Michele Muska


Yo-Yo's are made from circles of fabric sewing a gathering stitch around the turned edge, the thread is then pulled and gathered to lay flat as a circle rosette. Made popular in 1920's through the 40's, yo-yo's were sewn together on 4 edges to make a coverlet or decorative item. The quilts used the yo-yo's laid out in mosaic designs like Grandmother's Flower Garden, pictorial layouts or simply sewn together in a random manner. Yo-yos are also used to embellish quilts as flowers or decorative borders.

Benefits of a Yo-Yo

  • Making a Yo-Yo is fun and is a great way to use up scraps of fabric.
  • Making a Yo-Yo is portable handwork.
  • Yo-yos are great for embellishing applique blocks.

Tools and Supplies - Yo-Yo

You'll need the following to work with a Yo-Yo:

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Yo-Yo makers or  templates (optional)
  • Fabric
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Yo-Yo

A Yo-Yo maker is a fast way to make yo-yos. Yo-yo's were also strung together to make animals and clowns for toys.

YoYo Resources