Fabric Pinecone Ornament – Ornament Along #2

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Woweewow is this Ornament Along with Tara is already a blast. This week is all about the Fabric Pinecone Ornament, which some of y’all made with me last year. It’s totally something that looks much harder than it is and I can’t wait to see these floating around the interweb. Check out this one I made using Amy Sinibaldi‘s Little Town Fabrics.

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TUTORIAL

What you’ll need:

  1. Foam eggs
  2. Appliqué pins
  3. Fabric (I used Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Roccella for the tutorial)
  4. Thin ribbon (I used 1/8″ but anything 1/2″ or under would be cute)
  5. One long pin
  6. Hot glue gun (optional)



Preparing the Fabric

  • Cut fabric into 2″ strips
  • Cut two squares from one of the strips and put aside for later
  • With the rest of the strips, fold them length-wise and press
  • Cut these strips into 2″ long pieces

Now once you’ve got you’re fabric ready and the rest of the supplies on your project tray (ps I don’t have one but I’m pretending), go cop a squat somewhere and get ready for some fun.

Pinecone Magic

With one of the squares that you put aside, cut it a little smaller and attach to the bottom of the egg.

Now the magic starts. You’re going to take one 2″ strip at a time and fold it to make a triangle.

Then, place a triangle with fold underneath over each of the pins on the four points of the square.


Then you’ll take another four triangles and move up like just a smidge (1/8″ to 1/4″) to cover up the pins of the previous layer.

And you keep doing this until you reach this part of the egg.

At this point, the triangles become too wide, so you’ll need to fold them more narrowly.

Now using these narrow triangles, continue the pattern upward until you’ve almost covered the egg completely.

Now with the other square that you put aside, fold the four corners into the center and press.

Take this square and use it to cover up any exposed pins heads. I used hot glue here, but a pin down the center would work if you don’t have any.

Now with ribbon and long pin in hand, loop the ribbon onto the pin as many times as you’re feeling making sure to leave one loop longer than the others to hang the ornament. Now stick that long pin into the top of the cone (with a speck of hot glue if you’ve got it) and boom, you’ve got yourself a baller pinecone ornament.

VIDEO

Here’s a video for those who prefer to learn this way or just wanna watch me be a total goober.


And if you make one of these babies, use the hashtag #fabricpinecone so we can all see your beauteousness. And don’t forget to use the #ornamentalong hashtag to be eligible for the prize this week.

PRIZE

Congrats @apaisleysunflower for winning the prize from last week!  Olfa Creates has provided the following prizes, and I can personally attest to their awesomeness:

  • OLFA® Rotary Circle Cutter
  • OLFA® 5″ Precision Smooth Edge Scissors

So let’s get ready to ruuuumbllllee!!! And my rumble I mean civilly make fabric pinecones while giggling. And don’t forget to check out Tara’s blog post because she’s awesome.

Happy holidays y’all!

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32 Comments

  1. Gayle

    Thanks Matthew! That is so cute, and I’m with you – ready for some easy-peasy projects for a bit!

    1. Jan

      Thanks Mathew!!!! This is just too cool! You detail the creating of these pine cones so great you make it all seem so easy. I believe I can make them also.

  2. Kathy Cummings

    Neat and beautiful project!!!
    Thank you.

  3. Kathy Cummings

    Beautiful idea!!! Thank you.

  4. Janet Hunter Trilsbeck

    So beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. Wendy Barker Paull

    I’m going to sound really old, but I’m not! I have been making these with no-wire ribbon for decades!

    They are beautiful with fabric too!

    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Haha. You ain’t old at all. I think I made them out of paper when I was in school back in the day.

  6. Jinger

    So pretty Mathew, thanks for the tutorial! You amaze me, do you have a hundred projects going at once or do you sew 24/7?

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I have a lot going on but only sew like 2 hours a day

  7. Ramona Murray

    Thanks for the cute tutorial. I just found your page!

  8. mvquilts

    Love it!! This Blithe fabrics is just divine… Off to share it with everyone I know! 🙂
    Merry making and happy holidays to you and your family!!

  9. thequiltedlily

    Love this project.. off to gather the makings!

  10. Linda Williamson

    Best tutorial for these! Now I know how to finish the top so it looks as pretty as the rest. Thanks and happy holidays

  11. Mara

    Love it!

  12. Teresa Stevens

    Matthew, how much fabric is needed?

    Thank you
    Teresa

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I’d start with using whatever you have, but if purchasing a fat eighth would do it.

  13. Marsha

    You make this look so easy I’m thinking of trying it with a group of my non-quilty friends. They have no supplies so I will provide applique pins for all. I hate to ask, but I sorta need to know, approximately how many applique pins would one pinecone require???? Pretty please, can you guestimate for me???

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Since one 2.5” Pinecone uses 2 width of fabric strips and each piece is 2”, which uses 2 pins, I’d guesstimate 88 pins in total. ?

  14. Beth

    What type of fabric works best? Something a little heavier than quilting cotton?

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I think any type would work. I used Quilters weight

      1. Beth

        Thank you! Can’t wait to make some!

  15. Elsie Montgomery

    Question. Can I use the smooth foam eggs instead of the styrofoam to make the Christmas eggs? Thank you!

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I don’t see why not

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