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Tutorial: Making a Yo-Yo Necklace
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*You may print out my circle templates here: I recommend printing onto cardstock to make tracing easier

Posted by Marigold H. from Huntington Beach, California, United States • Published See Marigold H.'s 3 projects »
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  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Use your fabric marker (or pencil or chalk) to trace a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric. The diameter of your finished yo-yo will be slightly less than half of size of this circle.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out your circle. For this necklace you will need to trace and cut out seven 2" circles and two 3" circles (which will result in seven 1" yo-yos and two 1.5" yo-yos).

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. With the wrong side of your circle facing you, fold down the edge of the fabric about 1/8" and push the needle through from wrong side to right side. Straight stitch all the way around your circle, folding a bit and adding a stitch all the way around the edge until you have stitched all the way around the circle and created a small hem. Do not backstitch or do anything fancy. You need a simple straight stitch because you will be ruffling your fabric.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    It should look something like this, with your final stitch coming up from the right side to the wrong side, and ending up next to your first stitch. Don't worry about it being perfect--imperfections will be lost in the ruffles and will actually create a more interesting final yo-yo.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully and gently ruffle the edge by pulling on the thread ends.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    It should look like a pouch, with the right side visble and the wrong side inside the pouch. Tie a knot firmly, but gently enough so as not to break the thread. Tie several knots (three or four) and snip off the extra thread.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Flatten the pouch into a circle and Viola! you've made your first yo-yo!

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make enough yo-yos for your necklace and lay them out in your design. I liked the back of some of my yo-yos and thought it was nice to have a difference of texture in my design, so I flipped over a few of my yo-yos. I also wanted an asymmetrical design so I placed my two larger yo-yos to the left of the center. Play with it until it looks just the way you like, and add more or take away some yo-yos if you need to in order to make a design that works for you.

    There are several ways that you can join your yo-yos together. You could place the right sides of two yo-yos together and do a simple whip stitch to join them, or you could push a metal jump ring through two yo-yos to join them. For this necklace I used embroidery thread and knotted the yo-yos. To do that:

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut a length of embroidery thread long enough to weave through your entire design. Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. Going through the center of your first yo-yo (in this case I started with my top left yo-yo) sew through from the inside to the outside and pull until the thread stops and the knot is flush against the inside of the fabric.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Tie a knot in your thread and before it is completely tightened, use the tip of your needle to move the knot as close to the fabric as you can.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Tighten and slide the knot up until it is flush against your yo-yo.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Remove the needle and finish tightening the knot.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Sew through your next yo-yo as though it was a bead, going in one end and coming out the other. You will not necessarily go straight in one side and out the other! Look at your design--you want to poke holes at the points where the yo-yos touch. If it makes it easier, use your fabric marker to make a tiny mark where you should sew the thread through.
    Take care not to poke through your fabric somewhere in the middle. If you "puff" up your yo-yo a bit to make threading it easier, make sure that you flatten the yo-yo as much as you can before tying your next knot. You want the knots flush up against each side of a yo-yo without bunching the fabric or leaving any gaps.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    You can also add beads to the center of some of your yo-yos. Simply go in one end with your needle, then thread through your bead and then out the other side. Settle the bead neatly in the center of the yo-yo, tighten your thread, and make a knot.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    When you have placed all of your knots and stitched together all of your yo-yos, finish off by going in through your last yo-yo and instead of going all the way through to the other side, make a tiny stitch just inside one of the center ruffles. Tie a knot and tuck it into the yo-yo. Depending on your design, you may have to tie off the thread at several points and then start again with a new thread. For this piece, I first threaded together all of the top row of yo-yos (the top six yo-os), then I threaded together the bottom three yo-yos and attached them to the top row.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    It is important that your yo-yos are anchored together at at least two points. Yo-yos that only have one piece of thread running through them will flip around. You can either add more knots, or you can whip stitch a second anchor point on the yo-yos that only have one knot attaching them to another yo-yo. To do this, fold your yo-yos with the right sides facing each other and make a small stitch very close to the top and next to the existing knot. Tie a double knot and snip off the excess thread.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    Your finished piece is ready to be attached to a chain!

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 18
    Step 18

    Center your piece on a bead design board. For a 16" necklace, lay out your chain from the edge of your piece to the 8" mark and cut with wire cutters. Remember to always turn your head away and shut your eyes when you cut chain because little sharp metal bits will go flying! Cut a second piece of chain for th opposite side.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 19
    Step 19

    Attach your chain to your yo-yo piece using an open metal jump ring. Please review instruction on how to properly open a jump ring here: click!
    Push your jump ring through the yo-yo, then attach your chain and close the jump ring. Do the same on the other side of your yo-yo p

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 20
    Step 20

    Attach a lobster claw to the other end of one chain and a large jump ring to the other chain.

  • How to sew a yo yo necklace. Yo Yo Necklace - Step 21
    Step 21

    You're all done! Put the necklace on and be admired by friends and strangers who will gasp when you say, "Oh, I made it myself! It was nothing, really!"

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Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects
Hey marigold are you able to check outta my yoyo flowers? :p thanks
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koalala o.
koalala o. · Missoula, Montana, US · 1 project
I've wanted to do yo-yo's for about 14 years now. Have you ever made the super big kind?
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Rhoswen J.
Rhoswen J. · Carmarthen, Wales, GB · 4 projects
this is so lush and simple how did u come across suchan easy way of making it??
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Becks S.
Becks S. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 36 projects
that's so cute! i love it Happy)
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
woooow beautiful thanks for the great tute, awesome idea!!!!
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Tamara G.
Tamara G. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 1 project
That is so cool and unique!! The pictures are so clear and the instructions are really detailed! Thanks so much!! Happy I love the choice of fabric, so bright and colorful!! Happy Thanks for sharing!
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ScentsyVT
ScentsyVT · Swanton, Vermont, US · 14 projects
I love this idea, and I can use scraps that remind me of special times, or quilt I made Happy
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PuffyTuffet
PuffyTuffet · Dallas, Texas, US · 1 project
This is precious! Love the fabrics you chose. Happy
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Emily C.
Emily C. · Fort Worth, Texas, US · 4 projects
cute!!!! lol great tutorial as well! =D lol it's true. people WILL stop you and ask you where you got interesting and unique jewelry!
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Emily B.
Emily B. · Montreal, Quebec, CA · 11 projects
This is really neat!
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