Yo-Yo Flower Bag

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 13"x18"

  • Yo-Yo Flower Bag


  • Natural homespun (muslin or linen can be substituted), 3/4 yd.
  • Off-white burlap, 3/4 yd.
  • Coordinating lightweight cotton scraps: assorted colors (for flowers), six; green (for leaves)
  • Assorted two-hole buttons, eight
  • Medium brown embroidery floss, 1 skein


  • Off-white sewing or quilting thread
  • Needles: embroidery; sewing
  • Straight pins
  • Optional: circle template, 3”
  • 1. Cut two 14"x19" natural fabric rectangles; sew together leaving one long edge (top) open. Cut two 14"x19" burlap rectangles; sew together leaving one long (top) and 5" in center of one short edge (side) open.
  • 2. For handles, cut two 4"x19" burlap strips. For each, fold one long edge over 1-1/4" to back. Fold opposite long edge over 1/2" to back, then fold over 3/4" more. Feather stitch through center front of each handle, going through all layers.
  • 3. Baste handle ends to top fronts of natural fabric rectangles, 5" from side seams. Sew burlap and natural fabric rectangles together along top edge with right sides facing. Turn rectangles right side out through opening in burlap, so natural fabric is on outside of bag. Sew opening in burlap side of bag closed.
  • 4. For pocket, 6"x9" rectangles from natural fabric and burlap; sew together leaving 3" opening on one edge. Turn rectangles right side out; sew opening closed. Pin pocket to bag front with burlap facing out. Embroider feather stitch around sides and bottom edges of pocket, going through all layers.
  • 5. For flowers, cut eight 3" circles from assorted colored fabric scraps and make yo-yos. Sew button to center of six yo-yos, attaching across pocket top. For leaves, cut four 3" green fabric circles and make yo-yos. Fold yo-yos in half and sew to pocket top, under flowers.
  • 6. Lay bag flat on work surface. Mark sides of bag 6" from bottom edge. Fold up bottom corners of bag so point is even with mark; sew buttons through remaining yo-yos, securing corners to bag sides, going through fabric and burlap layers.
  • Note
  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides of fabric facing, using a 1/2" seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Use three strands floss for all embroidery.
  • 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.)