Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[Make] Fabric Pinecone

As my children can attest, I love pinecones.  I'm always picking them up when we're at a park... which seems to be often since the boys play baseball and soccer multiple times a week.  And if I happen to miss one, my little helpers are always sure to bring me a few.

While I've collected quite a few real pinecones, I also love the handmade ones.  Last year I made a felt version.  This year I wanted a more natural look and created this fabric pinecone out of muslin.

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Muslin Fabric Pinecone

What you need:
plastic easter egg
muslin or other fabric
hot glue gun
branch (optional)

1. plastic easter egg-- glue the seams of the egg together.
2. cut muslin into 1-inch squares. i cut around 70 squares for my 3-inch egg.
3. place a square scrap at the pointed tip of the egg. this will prevent the plastic egg from showing through the bottom of your pinecone.
4. fold the fabric square into a "house" shape-- place a line of hot glue in the middle and fold both sides to create a point. the point will become a "petal" on the pinecone. 
5. apply hot glue to the sides of "house" shape. keep the glue away from the pointed tip.
6. start gluing pieces down, starting at the tip of the egg.  overlap each "petal".

7. continue gluing down and overlapping each "petal" until...
8. you reach the top (or is it bottom?) anyhow, where the pinecone's stem is.  for the top of the pinecone, cut down the sides of the "petal" so that it is more hexagon in shape.
9. layer and glue down the last few pieces.
10. glue on the branch and let the glue dry. if you're planning on hanging the pinecone, you can forgo this part and glue down a ribbon loop instead.
11. cut out a small circle with a hole in the center (see it in the background of photo #10), then glue it around the base of the branch. This should keep the branch securely attached.
12. ta-dah!  a fabric pinecone!

I've made these before but with paper... I like the softer look of the fabric though. This is a fall project that can easily transition to winter.  I plan on hanging a few of these on our Christmas tree.  Yikes... let's not even start thinking about the holiday's just yet.  :) Enjoy your pinecone!

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  1. What a great idea - it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great day!


  2. This is absolutely beautiful! I love how simple and rustic it is, yet so elegant. I want to make these for my house this year! Thank you so much for sharing, I seriously love this.

    1. Thank you Taryn! Thanks for hosting the party too :)

  3. This is awesome! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  4. awesome idea! I just love how it looks, so thanks for this!

  5. Great tutorial!
    I'm so glad I found your blog via Mamie Jane's via Someday Crafts.

    1. I love the blog connection! Thanks for visiting :)

  6. Just pinned it, and love it!

  7. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! The pinecone is adorable and a perfect project for non-sewers like me!

    I also found you through Someday Crafts, so thanks to Michelle, too!; )


    1. Thank you Pat (and Michelle too!) :)

  8. I too am a pine cone lover! This is a gorgeous creation! I hope to make some time to make a couple of these. Thank you for sharing!

  9. I seriously LOVE this! Definitely Pin Worthy!!! I'm happy to be your newest follower! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

    1. Thank you Judy and thanks for following along too! ~melanie

  10. Pinned and added to the Christmas list....I love twigs and muslin and all things natural. This is perfect for our tree since I am fairly certain the 1 year old will destroy it :) He is very different from the more delicate 4 year old daughter who never touched anything!

    1. Thanks Kim. Yes, boys... I have two of them and even though they're older and know better, I'm still "toddler-proofing" our decor. Nothing is safe! :) Have a great week! ~Melanie

  11. I love the fabric! I bet the paper one is darling too!!

    1. Thanks Marie! I made the paper pinecone out of old music sheets... it's really cute and a little less messy to make (pins instead of hot glue). :)

  12. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  13. Your pine cones are so pretty, what a great idea! I have this linked to my post on pine cones too today, well done!

  14. Awesome! I am going to do this for my Christmas tree this year. I am going with a rustic Christmas and ALL handmade decor for our home. Looks so easy, I have some small styrofoam eggs and now I know just how to use them!
    Thank-you for sharing !


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