DIY Yo-yo Flower Hair Clips

Sometimes I dream of making a whole blanket out of fabric yo-yos. The technique is so quick and easy and it can make even old scraps of cothing look cute and cheerful. The reality is that it would take hundreds of yo-yos to make such a thing, and knowing myself, I’d loseWeight Exercise steam after barely finishing a quarter of them.

These flower clips are a great way to use yo-yos with almost instant gratification. You can make them out of any fabric you can hand-sew a needle through, and it’s a great way to use up scraps and random buttons you have laying around.

The variations are endless: you can layer several yo-yos of varying sizes, or just keep it simple and use only one. Instead of a clip, they could be made into pins or attached to headbands or off-center on the neckline of a boring blouse. I think they would be great gifts for a young girl, especially in the summer.

I’ve photographed the process and tried to create an easy explanation of how to make these.Β Let me know if you need any further clarification, and do share if you’ve tried it yourself!

DIY Yo-yo Flower Hair Clips

Step 1: Cut out your circles. You’ll need two different sizes for this version. I used a CD and the lid of a food container. I cut out a bunch of each size and play around with the fabric combinations once I have several.

Step 2: Make your yo-yos. Heather Bailey has an excellent tutorial for this.

Psst: you don’t even need to iron the fabric first!


Tie a knot to secure shut.

Step 3: Repeat to create a smaller yo-yo. When you pull the smaller one tight, make a knot but do not cut the thread. Using the thread, attach a button to the center of the yo-yo. I used this little strawberry one, which makes it look more sweet and child-like. A much larger button has a more funky effect. After attaching the button, make a knot in the back of the yo-yo, but still do not cut the thread.

Step 4: Attach the smaller yo-yo to the larger one by sewing into the middle of the larger yo-yo.

You now have two needles and to threads coming out of the back of the larger yo-yo.

Step 5: Tie the two threads together several times to secure. Cut one of the threads now (I did this a little out of order in the photos, which is why the second thread still appears in the 2 following photos.)

Step 6: Take a clip and lay it on top of the back of the yo-yo.

Step 6: Attach the clip to the yo-yo in three places on the clip, beginning in the middle. Cut the thread after securing each spot and re-knot it to begin the next. Technique:

First stick the needle into the yo-yo, under the bottom of the clip. Stick it back out just below the top part of the clip (photo above). Pull tight.

Now stick the needle into the top of the top part of the clip and stick it out on the top border of the bottom part of the clip (photo above).

Repeat until you’ve secured both the top and the bottom about three times.

Voila! Wear in a variety of ways, to accent a messy bun (like the photo at the beginning of this post), or just clip to one side to keep whispy hair out of your eyes. You can’t go wrong and you’ll feel instantly accessorized.

16 thoughts on “DIY Yo-yo Flower Hair Clips

  1. First, you are so pretty! Second, open an Etsy shop for those of us who are no where near as crafty as you!

  2. That is awesome! I love the way it is sort of elegant and rustic at the same time. Very cool idea! Also, I agree with Lucia about the etsy shop. πŸ™‚

  3. What a fun idea. I am not sure which one is my favorite. I would love to buy some to give away to some girls I know: the nieces, Alex, Gabriella, and our new little friend, little 3-month old Joyce. I would like to clip one to my beach hat. You are so creative.

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  6. Yay! You have a really easy to follow tutorial. Thanks! I am making a few of these for my little girls and may send a few to school for my first grader to put in her teacher’s prize box. I’ve sent flower hair bands before and the girls loved them. Fun idea!

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  8. THANKS!! Me and my little sister made a bunch of yoyos and made them into headbands, clips and bobbypins. I had never heard of this technique before (extreme beginner). I made little rainbow ones πŸ˜€ super easy to make.

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  10. Great tutorial! Thanks so much! But I was just wondering: Do you glue the buttons that don’t have any holes over the circle in the middle of the yoyo? Or is there some way to stitch them on? I’m new to all of this. πŸ™

  11. I used buttons that have the little loop on the back to sew them on to the smaller yoyo (the strawberry button pictured above). I have found that glue doesn’t hold up on hair things too well, which is what I had tried first!

  12. Thank you so much for this tutorial! You have no idea how long I have been looking for something like this. I’m running a ladies retreat which has a Rustic/Vintage decoration theme and had an idea of what I wanted, but didn’t want to waste the fabric to figure it out. (I live in New Zealand and fabric is soooooo expensive here.) Thank you again and God bless. You sure blessed me!

  13. Thankyou for posting such an easy to follow tutorial. The lady who was making these for our school uniform shop has stopped and now I will be able to make them for the girls

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