Yo-Yo Embellished Gift Bags

Yo-Yo Embellished Gift Bags

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information

  • Clover® "Quick" Yo-Yo Maker: large & extra large
  • Sewing machine & basic sewing/crafting supplies
  • Iron, pressing surface
  • Assorted buttons
  • 3/4 yd fabric: bag & lining
  • 1/4 yd each, two fabrics for yo-yos
  • 1/4 yd fusible interfacing
  • 1 1/2 yd cording: cut in half

DIRECTIONS: WS = Wrong side(s) RS= Right side(s)
1. Cut two 21" circles from bag/lining fabric. Cut a 3 1/2" circle of fusible interfacing. Follow package directions to fuse to center on WS of one large fabric circle.

2. Fold 1 large circle in half to find center. Lightly press fold line. Stitch 3/4" buttonhole 1 1/2" from fabric edge at each end of fold line. Cut buttonholes open. With RS together, stitch large circles together, using a 1/4" seam allowance; leave an opening for turning. Turn and whip stitch opening closed. Press.

3. Casing: Stitch a line 1 1/2" from edge. Repeat 2 1/4" from edge. Insert cord in casing – start & end at same buttonhole. Knot cord ends. Insert 2nd cord through other buttonhole. Knot.

4. Follow package directions for 10 extra-large yo-yos & 10 large yo-yos. Add buttons & embellish bag.


  • 1/2 yd fabric: bag & lining
  • 1/4 yd each, 2-3 fabrics for yo-yos
  • 1/2 yd 1/4"-wide ribbon
  • 1 yd 1/2"-wide belting
DIRECTIONS: Use 1/2" seam allowance.
1. Cut two 13"x14" rectangles of bag/lining fabric. Cut two 2"x13" rectangles for handles.

2. RS together, stitch bottom of bag rectangle (14" sides). Cut 2 1/2" square from bottom corners. Press seam open. Stitch side seams. Press. To form bottom of bag, bring side seam & bottom seam together, matching seam lines. Stitch. Repeat for 2nd side.

3. Handles: Fold 2"x13" rectangle in half with WS facing & long edges even. Press. Open fold & bring each long edge to center fold line. Press. Insert 13" strip of belting under fold. Fold & top stitch long edges. Repeat for 2nd handle. Bring side seams together. Fold & mark center front & back of bag. Raw edges even, baste handle outside bag, 1 3/4" from both sides of center. Repeat for 2nd handle.

4. Construct lining as bag, leaving an opening for turning in one side seam. RS together & raw edges even, insert bag into lining. Stitch top seam. Turn, press & whip stitch opening. Top stitch bag.

5. Follow package instructions to make 4 extra-large yo-yos & 2 large yo-yos. Embellish bag with yo-yos, buttons & loops of ribbon.