Yo-yo flowers have been a simple sewing project used to create a variety of items for many years. By sewing a collection of coordinated or brightly colored yo-yo flowers, a seamstress can go on to make a quilt, hair pieces, placemats and other home décor items. Making yo-yo flowers is also an easy project to take with you when you are away from home because the stitching involved is all hand sewing.
Make a circle pattern out of the cardboard. A common yo-yo pattern size is 5 inches (in diameter), but you can make your pattern any size you desire. Use a compass to draw a circle on the cardboard or trace around a small saucer to make the pattern. Cut the pattern out with the scissors.
Position the cardboard pattern onto the cotton fabric and cut around the pattern to make a fabric circle.
Place the fabric circle onto a flat work surface with the wrong side facing up. Thread the needle with a double length of thread that is 12 inches long and tie a knot in the ends of the threads. Use your fingers to fold the outer edge of the circle over ¼ inch. Hand stitch the folded edge with even running stitches right along the folded edge. Make the stitches approximately ½ inch apart. Do not tie a knot, clip the excess thread or remove the needle.
Pull the needle and thread to pull the outside of the fabric circle together. As you pull the thread tightly, it will pull the outer edge of the fabric circle into the center of the fabric. Pull the thread as tightly as possible and tie a knot to secure the fabric. Flatten the fabric circle. Do not cut the needle and thread yet.
Position the button over the center of the fabric circle to cover the small hole in the fabric. Sew the button onto the center of the fabric circle using the remaining thread in the needle. After sewing the button, insert the needle through to the back of the fabric circle and tie a knot in the thread. Clip off the excess thread to finish the fabric yo-yo.