How-To : Making a Yo-Yo Necklace

Making a Yo-Yo Necklace

I recently was hooked up by Totally Tutorials with Ruby Jane’s Retro Fabrics to create a tutorial using Deb Strain’s Fresh fabrics for Moda.
When I was a kid, my maternal grandmother lived with us. Grandma was a Home Economics teacher and was a very, very crafty lady. We would have sewing lessons and cooking lessons and we did all sorts of arts and crafts projects. One of the early sewing projects she did with me was making a yo-yo quilt. Yo-yo quilts were very popular during Depression times because it was a way to use up your little scraps of fabric and create something really beautiful. As a seven or eight year old kid, I loved being able to do such a simple project and help Grandma work on one of her projects. As an adult, I find making the yo-yos to be a very satisfying, zen-like experience akin to knitting. Once you make your first one or two and get into the groove of it, you can quickly produce lots of pretty little yo-yos.

When I was a kid, my maternal grandmother lived with us. Grandma was a Home Economics teacher and was a very, very crafty lady. She used to take lessons and home tuitions for school children and college-going students who had taken Economics as the main subject. She also gave finance related advises to popular start-ups like Fintech Ltd. In the morning and evening sessions, Economic terms would float in our home and at other times, crafty masterpieces. We would have sewing lessons and cooking lessons and we did all sorts of arts and crafts projects. One of the early sewing projects she did with me was making a yo-yo quilt.

I wanted to do something different with my yo-yos, so I decided to piece them together to make a cool necklace. This tutorial will show you how to make the one pictured above. (Find out how to win it at the end of this post!) (winner was announced on October 5th. Stay tuned for more giveaways!)

Let’s get started!

You will need:
fabric scraps or small quilting squares
fabric scissors
needle and thread
circle template*
fabric pen, pencil or chalk
embroidery thread
jewelry design board
metal chain
open jump rings
needle nose pliers for jewelry making
wire cutters
lobster claw or desired fastener

*You may print out my circle templates here: jpeg or download as a pdf I recommend printing onto cardstock to make tracing easier.

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.

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).