Yo-Yo Belt

By  Mary Ayres 

size: adult

  • Yo-Yo Belt


  • Assorted coordinating lightweight cotton fabrics, 4”x4”, 16
  • Brown grosgrain ribbon, 1”
  • Silver sequins, 8mm, 17 (or one more than number of yo-yos on belt)
  • Blue glass E beads, 17


  • Sewing or quilting thread: brown; white
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Optional: circle template, 4”
  • 1. Make 16 yo-yos from fabric. (Note: See "How to Make a Yo-Yo" below for basic instructions.)
  • 2. Measure waist/hips; add 36" to measurement and cut ribbon length. Pin yo-yos to ribbon, overlapping edges slightly, leaving 18" of plain ribbon at each end of belt for tying. (Note: Belts longer than one shown in photo may require that you make additional yo-yos.) Use brown thread and blind stitch to sew yo-yo edges to ribbon, making sure to go through all layers.
  • 3. Using brown thread, sew sequins and beads to yo-yo edges. To do so, first insert needle through ribbon at edge of ribbon. Insert through blue bead, and then back through sequin; knot at back of belt.
  • How to Make a Yo-Yo
  • 1. Using a circle template, compass, small bowl, or tin can, draw circle on wrong side of fabric; cut out.
  • 2. Thread needle, and make large knot in the end. Fold fabric edge over 1/8" to wrong side; sew small running stitch around edge. Pull stitches tightly to gather; knot to secure.
  • 3. Trim thread ends and tuck inside yoyo. (Note: Finished yo-yo will be approximately half the size of fabric circle.)