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Colorful Yo-Yo Pillow

Sew up colorful yo-yos for a sweet accent pillow.

What you'll need:

  • Forty 5-inch squares of assorted prints (yo-yos, pillow back)
  • 1/3-yard muslin (pillow top, lining)
  • Two- 9-1/2-inch¿ squares batting
  • Polyester fiberfill

Finished pillow:

9-inch square

Cut the fabrics

From assorted prints, cut:
--36 of Circle Pattern (see link below)

From muslin, cut:
--Three 9-1/2-inch squares

  1. Thread a needle with matching or neutral thread and tie a knot about 6 inches from the end.
  2. Place an assorted print circle facedown, and turn the raw edge a scant 1/4 inch toward the center.
  3. Take small, evenly spaced running stitches near the folded edge to secure it. End stitching next to the starting point; do not cut thread.
  4. Gently pull the thread ends to gather the folded edge to make a yo-yo. Knot and trim the thread. Repeat to make 36 yo-yos total.

Download Circle Pattern

See instructions for making a fabric yo-yo.

  1. Referring to Pillow Back Assembly Diagram, join the remaining four assorted print 5-inch squares in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make the pillow back. Press seams in one direction. The pillow back should be 9-1/2 inches square including seam allowances.
  2. Layer the pillow back, a batting square, and a muslin inch square; baste. Quilt as desired. In the same manner, layer and quilt the remaining two muslin squares and batting square to make a quilted pillow top.
  3. With right sides together, sew the quilted pillow top to the quilted pillow back to make the pillow cover, leaving a 3-inch opening along one edge for turning. Turn the pillow cover right side out. Stuff with fiberfill through opening. Whipstitch the opening closed.
  1. Lay out yo-yos in six rows. When pleased with the arrangement, whipstitch yo-yos together, stitching about 1/2 inch along edges with right sides together. Join rows in same manner to make a yo-yo square.
  2. Center and pin the square to the quilted pillow top. Whipstitch the outer edges of the yo-yo square to the pillow top seam lines to complete the pillow.

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