How to Make a Fat Quarter Cone Tree
Create some stunning Christmas decor using fat quarters and a mache cone… this cone tree is so simple, and doesn’t even involve any sewing!
1. Mark out rings on the cone using the measurements below. Use a tape measure to put a series of dots around the cone at each of the distances from the base and join the dots around the cone at each different tier.
Distance from Base
|Number of Strips||Length x Width in cm|
Length x Width (cm)
|16||25 x 1.9||26 x 32|
|13||23 x 1.9|
24 x 25
|13||22 x 1.4|
23 x 20
|10||20 x 1.4|
21 x 15
|10||18 x 0.9|
19 x 10
|8||15 x 0.7|
16 x 6
|37.9||7||12 x 0.5|
13 x 5
2. Put Mod Podge onto the cone and wind the knitting yarn onto it as tightly together as you can. Do this in sections until you get to the first mark. Mod Podge over the top of the yarn once it is wound on.
3. You will need to cut two pieces of fabric for each tier and fuse them together using fusible web. You can see the sizes that you need in the chart above. Cut the two pieces of fabric. Use contrasting fabrics. Cut fusible web the same size, sandwich it between the two pieces of fabric and iron to fuse them together. Read the instructions on the fusible web to find out exactly how to do this.
Top Tip! If both of the fabrics that you are using for one of the tiers have a one-way design, then put them together with the design on one side upside down relative to the design on the other side.
4. The easiest way to cut the fabric strips out accurately is to draw them on paper first or even better, print them from a computer if you can. Spray mount or pin the pattern piece and stick it onto the fabric. You can then easily cut out the strips accurately. Another way to do this would be with a ruler and a circular cutter on a cutting mat.
5. Mod Podge around the cone from the first line to about 1cm above it. Stick strips on, inside showing (the right side against the cone). You want the pattern on the right side to be upside down at this point.
6. Put more Mod Podge on top of the strips that you have just stuck down and bend each strip upwards sticking it down as shown.
7. Put even more Mod Podge on the top cm of the strips you have just stuck down, wind yarn on top of these and carry on winding and gluing until you get to the next line. Mod Podge over the top of this as before.
9. Wind silver thread onto the top tier. Use Bostik glue to fasten this well. 10. Work out the size of star that you want on top. If you have a computer and printer, then you can print onto the back of a silver piece of card – you can make a five-point star in many popular programmes. You will need five stars exactly the same size. Cut these out. Fold each one along the line leaving the wrong side of the card on the outside.
11. Apply glue to one half of one of the stars and stick it to half of another side. Continue to do this until there are only two halves not stuck together. Put a cocktail stick in the middle of your 3D star before you stick the last two halves together. Once dry, push the star into the top of the cone and secure with Bostik.
12. Use a silver pen to colour in the white edges of the silver card.