Tool Review Tuesday: YoYo Makers

Tool Review Tuesday!

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.

Featured Tool: YoYo Makers by Clover, Item # 81857, 81858, 81837, 81838

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Jenna

What is this tool typically used for?

The YoYo Makers are for making cute, sewn (cinched) fabric embellishments.

What was your first impression of Clover’s YoYo Makers?

They look like Mickey-Mouse ears!

How did you use it?

You cut fabric to fit 1/4″ around the plastic yo-yo maker, place the fabric inside, and snap the lid on. Yo-yo makers are a guide for stitching around your fabric so that when you cinch or pull the thread to tighten your yo-yo, the stitches are even. It also provides you something to hold onto. You’ll end up with a very nice yo-yo.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

Just a minute or so!

What did you like best?

I love using these yo-yo makers, it’s pretty fast and you can really crank out some yoyos in no time at all. There are four different sizes available: extra small, extra large, small, and large.

What did you like the least?

Nothing negative stood out to me about this tool.

Why do you NEED it?

They are FUN to use and super easy.

Any additional tips?

Connecting Threads has some patterns that use yo-yo makers. Also, they are popular with embellishing any tote or bag. One of my favorite patterns on our site is this one.

Who would appreciate YoYo Makers most?

These are perfect for:

  • Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
  • Someone acquiring the basics

Can I see YoYo Makers in action?

You can view a demo of the YoYo Makers here.

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  1. Stephanie - December 13, 2016

    Thanks. I really liked watching the demonstration video. Yo-yos have always frightened me off. But the tools seem to make it so much more manageable.

  2. Ann - December 13, 2016

    I love making Yo-Yos with this Clover tool – I have made hundreds for various projects. The Clover tool helps you take large even stitches which makes the Yo-Yo gather well. I like them for road trips and for something to do while watching a movie on TV. Yo-Yos are
    traditional in quilts and quilted projects but can be modern too! Click on this link to see an example: