Posh Yo-Yo Pillow Sleeve

By  Debra Kinzel  for  JoAnn Fabrics & Craft Stores

size: 16"x16"

  • Posh Yo-Yo Pillow Sleeve


  • Coordinating fabrics (yo-yos), 1/2 yd. each, six to eight
  • Fabric (sleeve), 1/2 yd.
  • Ready-to-cover buttons: sizes 18, 24 and 30
  • Pillow, 16”x16”


  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Compass
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Cardstock (to make patterns)
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Sleeve
  • 1. Cut 17"x33" rectangle from fabric for sleeve.
  • 2. For in half lengthwise with right sides together, using a 1/2" seam, sew the long edge together.
  • 3. Press seam open and turn right side out.
  • 4. With seam in center back, press sleeve flat.
  • 5. With right sides together using a 1/2" seam, sew the short edges together.
  • 6. Finish edge, if desired, then press flat.
  • Yo-Yos
  • 1. With compass, trace circle patterns onto cardstock in the following sizes, 4", 4-1/2", 5", 5-1/2"; feature flower is an 8" circle and 6-1/2" circle. Cut out patterns.
  • 2. Trace circles onto fabrics; cut out. You will need approximately 75 yo-yos to cover entire sleeve.
  • 3. Using a needle with matching thread, stitch a short running stitch entirely around a fabric circle.
  • 4. Pull thread tightly to center and secure; flatten to make a yo-yo. Set aside.
  • 5. Continue until all yo-yos are made.
  • 6. Follow manufacturer's instructions to cover buttons in coordinating fabric.
  • 7. Sew button to center of yo-yo to create flowers. Two yo-yos can be stacked to make a variety of flowers.
  • 8. Lay out flowers on sleeve in desired arrangement, glue in place. When glue is dry, slide sleeve over pillow.