How to Make Fabric Yo-Yos
A perennial favorite among quilters, a fabric yo-yo is a gathered circle secured with a simple running stitch. The cute designs can be used as accents on anything from clothes to lampshades or sewn together to make a quilt. To make, cut a circle about twice the size you want to end up with and follow these simple steps.
End your stitching just next to the starting point; don't knot or cut the thread. Gently pull the thread end to gather the folded edge until it forms a gathered circle. The right side of the fabric will develop soft pleats as you gather the edge. Take a small stitch to hold the gathers in place, then knot your thread and cut off the end. Backstitch over the knot so it doesn't pull out.