Yo-yo Christmas Ornament

I hate to throw things away. Sometimes it's a bit of a problem and others it turns into creation. When I first made the Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt from my last post, I was left with two perfectly round scraps of fabric begging to be turned into some sort of creation.

It turns out that two round scraps of holiday fabric, a couple butotns and some ribbon are all you need to make a yo-yo ornament for the Christmas tree. This project is easy enough for the kids to practice basic skills with a needle and thread.


  • two 6-inch diameter fabric circles
  • 2 buttons
  • 15 inches of 3/8 inch wide ribbon
  • two 1-yard long pieces of thread
  • needle
  • pins


Let's start with the two fabric circles.

Turn the circles face down.

Fold about 1/4 inch of fabric down around the edges of the circles and pin them. It's okay if the edges are a little puckered and bumpy.

Thread your needle with one of the pieces of thread. Don't tie any knots in it, yet.

Baste around the  circle.

Basting means you use kind of large stitches and go down, and up, and down and up all the way around the edge. Carefully take out the pins as you go.

Make sure both ends of your thread are on the the wrong side of your fabric.

Gently pull the ends of the thread. The fabric circle will begin to close up like a drawstring pouch. Flatten out the circle and make sure the small opening is in the center.

Thread both ends of thread through your needle and sew a button over the opening.

Follow the same steps with the other piece of fabric.

Now you'll attach the ribbon.

Turn one of the yo-yos button-side down.

Fold the ribbon in half and lay it across the back of the yo-yo as shown.

With both pieces of thread, stitch  the ribbon to the yo-yo. To do this, you can stitch through your button.

Lay the other yo-yo button-side down near the first one.

Cross the thread from each yo-yo.

Turn the second yo-yo over and set it button-side up on the first yo-yo. Pull the pieces of thread in opposite directions.

Tie a knot so it is between the two yo-yos.

Trim the threads and you have a cute handmade ornament for the tree.

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