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Nina’s Yo-yo Hair Pin Tutorial

When my daughters were little I used to make these Yo-yos to decorate their dresses and hair.  It’s a very easy and fun project to make with children requiring only a few simple stitches and your imagination.

A Yo-yo is a circle of fabric gathered up at the edges and sewn together. This little craft has been first used in the 1920s as a home-made decoration on quilts. Later, designers began using the Yo-yos as stylish and fashionable ornaments in the hair, on clothing, or as elegant jewelry. Yo-yos are easy to make using colorful fabric scraps. A single Yo-yo can be attached to a hair pin or hair band, while several Yo-yos can be stringed together to make a necklace.

1. To make a YO-YO hair pin, trace around a glass or lid onto a piece of cardboard. You can make different size cardboard templates, ranging from 2 to 3.5 inches in diameter.

2. Cut out the templates and trace around them with a fabric marking pencil on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Use a strong quilting or button thread to baste stitch around the entire edge of the yo-yo to gather.


4. Pull the thread to gather the fabric into the center of the yo-yo.


5. Pull the thread tightly and tie a knot in the center.


6. To make the top “fabric button”, make another Yo-yo with a smaller diameter. Place the smaller Yo-yo face up on top of the bigger yo-yo, and sew them together in the center. You can stitch a bead or a button on top of the smaller Yo-yo.  You can also place the smaller Yo-yo face down (see the lowest image).

7. Attach the finished Yo-yo to a hair pin or a hair band with a strong thread.

Have fun!

2 thoughts on “Nina’s Yo-yo Hair Pin Tutorial

  1. That’s adorable and such a great idea. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing. ^_^

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