How to Make A Yo Yo Quilt

How to Make A Yo Yo Quilt

There is no right or wrong way to make a yo-yo quilt, but there are a few essential components that must be followed exactly in order to create the best looking project. In this article you’ll learn how to make your own personal Yo-Yo quilt using the easiest pattern ever!

This tutorial walks you through each step of the process and offers valuable tips along the way. You will be able to create a professional looking project with ease and beautiful results in no time!

What is a Yo-Yo Quilt?

A yo-yo quilt is completed by sewing together fabrics to create a finished product with the appearance of a string of yoyos. The fabrics are sewn together with matching seams to complete each lap.

The outer borders of yo-yo quilts are turned under and stitched with long stitches. The rosettes are formed by pulling the stitches together.

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It’s common to put the rows together by hand, but they also work well for 3-dimensional appliqué embellishments when used in a quilt.

Some of my favorite examples of YO-YO quilts are made with vintage fabrics from the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the rosettes were organized in a pattern, but the majority of the quilts were made from scraps.

The more laps there are, the larger the finished product will be. The number of laps is entirely up to the crafter and their desired size.

Gathering Materials

In order to make a yo-yo quilt, you will need fabric, scissors or rotary cutter, matching thread or sewing machine, and a selection of dies. If you are making a yo-yo quilt from pre-cut pieces of fabric there is no need for dies. In this example I will show how to make a yo-yo quilt with pre-cut pieces of fabric that have been folded in half to create the yoyo shape.

1) Begin by folding one piece of fabric in half lengthwise and then sew together the sides using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Do this by aligning one side with another and sew down the length of the fabric . Be sure not to sew the fabric with an edge that goes over the foldline.

2) Lay the two halves together and align them across the foldline.

3) With a ruler or straight edge, line up a die at one of the points where two pieces of fabrics will be joined. Use another ruler to firmly press a crease along where the edge of the die has been placed. This will ensure that each edge is pressed down, forming a perfect point where they will meet during quilting.

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4) Take the two pieces of fabric and line them up together with the points where they are joined facing upwards. Lay a die across the joint and press firmly to create a crease.

Yo Yo Quilt Circles

5) Repeat this process for every lap that will be used in the quilt top. It is important that each point where two pieces of fabric meet is pressed down before sewing, otherwise your quilt will not lay flat after it is pieced together.

Yo Yo Quilt Video Tutorial

If you are a visual learner, sometimes a picture (or video in this case) is worth a thousand word. I rounded up a great beginners video guide on how to construct a yo yo quilt which you can watch below.

Tools Required for Making a Yo-Yo Quilt

There are many tools required to make a yo-yo quilt. While most of them can be found at an fabric store or craft supply store, it is always good to have some extra supplies on hand to save time and prevent mistakes.

The tools listed below are used in this example along with some additional items you may use if you choose to make additional laps for a bigger or smaller quilt. If you are making a yo-yo quilt with pre-cut pieces of fabric there is no need for additional tools.

The process for making a yo-yo quilt is the same whether you choose to make one lap or ten. In this example I am using a pre-cut project that has two pieces of fabric. I also used an additional piece of fabric to form the outer border, but this is not necessary. You can use either a sewing machine or learn some hand quilting stitches and create the quilt by hand.

One tool that may not be in your quilters tool box that is a good investment for a yo yo quilt is a fabric circle cutter. This will save you tons of time cutting your fabric. Martha Stewart and other companies make special cutters that allow you to make fabric circles of various sizes.


Making a yo-yo quilt is not difficult and it is a very rewarding process. When making any quilt, be sure to use all your scraps. These would be the perfect type of project for using up fabrics that were left over from previous projects.

If you are looking for an easy sewing project that won’t take forever to complete, then this may be the perfect solution for you! It can be made in one day or evening with minimal supplies and tools.

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