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How to Sew a Fabric Yo Yo Heart for Valentine’s Day

I’ll stick with the theme today and post another fun sewing tutorial. Yo-yos are cute little decorative embellishments perfect for using up fabric scraps, which so many sewers find themselves swimming in after a few projects. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d post a tutorial on how to sew a heart shaped yo-yo. They are really quite easy and you can use them to embellish a Valentine’s Day gift bag, card or make them into a garland. Here’s how:

  1. Cut a large heart out from scrap fabric. It does not have to be perfect; that’s the beauty of yo-yos!
  2. Turn 3/8 inch of the fabric under on the left side of the heart.
  3. Beginning at the top V-shaped indent of the heart, sew a long basting stitch counter-clockwise. Stop at the point of the heart, leaving a several inch tail of thread for later.
  4. With a second strand of thread, begin again at the V indent, but sew clockwise this time and end at the point of the heart. Leave a several inch tail again.
  5. Pull both threads until you create a gathered heart shape (it won’t be perfect yet) and tie the strands together to secure. A gap in the center of the heart is ok. You can use this side as the back of your yo-yo or cover with a button later.
  6. Take your threaded needle and stick it inside the heart and up through where the indent of the heart should be. Make a very small stitch where you want the point of the V-indent and pull back towards the center of the gathered heart.
  7. Secure this stitch to one of the gathers.
  8. You can now sew on a button to cover the gap in the center if you wish, securing to the gathers.

Enjoy!