Elevate yo-yos to a new level: Mount them on a painted artist's canvas and present the composition as a wall hanging. To show off the colorful prints, some of these yo-yos are right side up and the rest are upside down. Fabrics are a variety of prints by designer Kaffe Fassett for Westminster Fabrics.
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Inspired by "Gather 'Round" from designer Lesley Mehmen

Quiltmaker: Jill Abeloe Mead


  • 130--5" squares assorted prints (yo-yos)
  • 16x20" prestretched and primed cotton artist's canvas
  • Light orange acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun (optional)

Cut Fabrics

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From each assorted print, cut:

  • 1 of Circle Pattern

Assemble Yo-Yos

Thread a needle with matching or neutral thread and tie a knot about 6" from end. With an assorted print circle facedown, turn raw edge of circle a scant 1/4" toward circle center. Take small, evenly spaced running stitches (Running Stitch Diagram) near folded edge (Photo 1). To make a running stitch, pull the needle up at A and insert it back into the fabric at B, 1/8" away from A. Pull your needle up at C, 1/8" away from B. End stitching next to the starting point; do not cut thread. Gently pull thread ends to gather folded edge until it forms a gathered circle (Photo 2).


Knot thread ends to make a yo-yo. Trim thread. Repeat to make 130 yo-yos total.

Mount Yo-Yos on Canvas

1. Lay out yo-yos in 13 rows of 10 each. Position some of the yo-yos right side up and others wrong side up as desired. When pleased with the arrangement, whipstitch yo-yos together in each row (Photo 3). Join rows in same manner to make yo-yo rectangle. (If desired, instead of whipstitching yo-yos together, position them on canvas and use a glue gun to secure them in place.)


2. Paint canvas and let dry. Position yo-yo rectangle on canvas and use a staple gun to attach outer edges of rectangle to frame of canvas.