Begin with a large piece of fabric, do a little measuring and marking, snap on a circle or shaped yo-yo maker, and stitch. Within an hour, you’ll be able to stitch stunning texture that’s great for home décor and accessories. Yo-Yo Smocking is one of my favorite new stitching sensations.

Here’s the premise of Yo-Yo Smocking

  • On the wrong side of the fabric, mark smocking center with a gridded template.











  • From the right side, press and define the unsmocked areas.






I could tell you more, but I’d prefer to show it to you!

All the details are in one great book

To learn this nontraditional technique for creating smocking shapes on large pieces of fabric, check out one of our newest books, Yo-Yo Smocking. As always, Sewing With Nancy books feature step-by-step instructions with illustrations to guide your every step.


Yo Yo Smocking Nancy Zieman



Creator of Yo-Yo Smocking and all the samples is super-sewist, Donna Fenske. Donna recently presented a seminar on this topic and modeled her dynamic-looking scarf prior to the opening of the event. Thanks, Donna, for all your creativity!






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