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:
- Needle and thread
- Yo-Yo makers or templates (optional)
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.