My kids each have a yo-yo but they’re not able to work them yet. So I tried to think of something that could provide a more toddler friendly yo-yo experience. I used some Paul Smith sock material scraps and some cotton canvas to sew a ball. Then attached a length of elastic string. So far, the kids are loving them!
I’ve never sewn a ball before, but it was actually very easy. I used four panels. Then I left an inch at the top open to turn it inside out. I filled them with some stuffing and beans (for a little extra bouncing weight). On one end of the elastic string I tied a round wooden bead, which I hand-sewed into the ball, so the string won’t come out during enthusiastic bouncing. Then I tied one of my large vintage buttons on the other end of the string for a handle. That’s it!