Create your own Yo-yo Maker!

A couple of months ago our friend Geta was making fabric yo-yos, wishing she could own all the commercial yo-yo makers out there to be able to make all different sizes and shapes. That got me to thinking…These yo-yo makers are made by Clover, and there are 15 different ones. If you were to purchase them all, you would probably be forking out around US$70. Too rich for my taste. Plus, you would still be limited in size.

I love making and using fabric yo-yos. So much so, I have figured out how to make different shapes and even made a series of tutorials on the subject. Even so, a while ago I did purchase several of these commercial yo-yo makers, to see if they really helped speed up the process and make perfect yo-yos. So far, I have mixed feelings about them.

Below there are three round yo-yos. One was made with the commercial yo-yo maker; the other two were made following the conventional method. Can you tell the difference? (The one on the left was made using the commercial maker.)

Quite honestly, I don’t think I would invest in the other sizes. But I do understand that for some people using a maker might be easier (and faster?)  to use a maker, to achieve even stitches. And then I had an aha! moment. We could make our own… and in any size we like! Hence, a tutorial on how to create your own yo-yo makers. So far, I have figured out how to do this for round and oval yo-yos. Check it out!

As to the other shapes, in all honesty, making the butterfly has been a pain. I have tried several times, but have never been satisfied with the results. The heart and flower are another story, and I can see how the maker really does help.

So now I’m off to figure out how to make our own heart and flower shaped yo-yo makers! (I see there is a new shamrock shape out, but I really don’t see much of a difference between that and the flower shape!)

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  1. Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Genial el tuto, Angie. Lo voy a probar! Gracias!

  2. Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea – thanks for sharing.

  3. Becki Dunham
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I enjoy making yo-yos .Decided to check out the internet to see new ideas.I have always used my templet plastic for the shapes.Thanks for your blog.

  4. Andrea Stewart
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Thank you soooo much for this, it is just what I needed. I really want to make some large flower shaped ones (about 5inches accross) but cant find a maker anywhere???

  5. Rose
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi, a shamrock is really just hearts 🙂 with a stem if you can take 3 hearts and a thin rectangle you have a shamrock

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