Easy to make Spring Yo-Yo Pillow!

May is right around the corner and the trees have just started to bud.  So I decided to bring a little spring color into my RV. I created a colorful yo-yo pillow out of fabric scraps and a throw pillow!

This is a great project to do in front of the television at night.  You do not need a sewing machine and the stitching is a basic running stitch.   I’ve included the full tutorial for you below!

For this project I used:

Brightly colored fabric scraps
5″ diameter lid (for template)
Pillow
Needle, Thread

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Begin by creating lots of 5″ circles using a various mix of colorful fabric.  Trace around your 5″ template with a fabric pen or pencil and cut out the circles.

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The number of circle that you might make depends on the size of the pillow.

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To make the yo-yo’s, fold the edge of the circle about 1/4″ (with wrong side facing you), and begin sewing a running stitch.

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Work all the way around until you get to the starting knot.  Do not cut or knot your thread at this point.

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Pull the thread tightly to gather the circle of fabric, creating a yo-yo like above.  Take a small stitch to hold the gathers in place, then knot your thread and cut off the end. Backstitch over the knot so it doesn’t pull out.

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Create as many yo-yo’s as you might need to cover your pillow.

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To join yo-yos, place them with the gathered sides together. Using thread and small stitches, whipstitch them together for about 1/4-inch.

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Make rows of joined yo-yos, then sew together the rows in the same way.

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Center your sewn together yo-yo’s on top of your pillow and tack into place with a needle and thread.

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Looks pretty doesn’t it?  All that color just makes me smile.

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  • Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled April 24, 2017, 6:31 pm

    Very cool! I’ve been planning on making some of these so finding this post at Inspire Me Monday must be a sign!

  • rose April 22, 2017, 12:56 pm

    blast from the past! gosh i used to make dolls and other things from these… even a baby blanket! neat little quick things to take with you while waiting for appointments and such!

    • rose April 22, 2017, 12:59 pm

      also i used to make smaller ones to lay over the “gap” it turned out nice that way too

      • Betsy April 22, 2017, 1:33 pm

        I never thought of making small ones to fill in gaps, great idea!

  • Bonnie May 10, 2015, 7:26 pm

    I love yo-yos! I’ve been working on a bunch of these lately and would to make a pillow like yours. I would love for you to link up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at behindtheseamssewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

  • Cyndee May 9, 2015, 9:53 pm

    So bright and cheery! Thanks for partying with us at Idea Box! See ya back next week!

  • Maria@SewTravelInspired May 9, 2015, 12:01 pm

    I love yo-yo’s and what you can make with them. I usually use the Dritz yo-yo makers. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous May 7, 2015, 7:24 pm

    Beautiful. Very colorful and pretty. xo

  • Audrey May 7, 2015, 4:21 pm

    What a cute project. I have lots of scraps I could use to make this.

    Saw this on You’re Gonna Love It.

  • Cathy May 6, 2015, 2:06 pm

    I remember yo-yo projects and love easy things I can do while watching TV. This is really cute thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  • Julie May 3, 2015, 7:42 am

    Love the bright colours, pinning!

  • Nancy May 1, 2015, 2:34 pm

    I love making yo-yos. They are so fun and I love the colors you used for your pillow. I’ve tried many techniques for yo-yos including sewing around paper patterns but I hate having to remove the paper after the fact. For your project I’ll cut out the 5″ circles then cut a cardboard pattern 4 1/2″ circle, lie the smaller circle inside on the wrong side and press over the 1/4″. Before sewing I remove the smaller pattern and don’t have to worry about the exact 1/4″. It takes and extra step in prep but overall I find my sewing goes must faster.

  • Karen May 1, 2015, 12:37 am

    Very colorful. Those yoyos might make a cheerful edging to curtains or around the top of a tote bag.

  • Anonymous May 1, 2015, 12:35 am

    That sure perked up a plain pillow! Might make a pretty edging for curtains or around a tote bag.

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