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Topic: Should have used the egg shaped styrofoam balls...[Fabric Pinecones]  (Read 6997 times)
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« on: November 14, 2011 02:59:02 PM »


My grandma made a lot of, well, everything when I was little. After she died I found a bunch of fabric "pinecones" on my mom's Christmas tree I new had to have been made my grandma. I remember thinking how sad it was that the pins came out so easily.

A couple years later (read: this month) enter Sew Mama Sew's Handmade Holiday Inspiration month of October. Each day they had a tutorial for another bit of Holiday inspiration. I love their blog. Anyway, October 28th was a tutorial for "Pinecone Ball Ornaments." Hello? Grandma Millie? Is that you? I had to give this a try! I first, being the skeptic that I am, looked around the interwebs for other tutorials on the same thing and picked up a few tips but still stuck mainly tot he tute provided. Here are my first attempts:




I had some issues with getting enough close enough at the beginning so I had to add some on following rounds to make them cover the spaces. Then, even removing some/round on the end side I still felt like they were getting too thick. You can still see so many pins! So I decided to change the way I folded them from 1/4ing the squares into smaller squares like it says in that tutorial to 1/4ing them on the diagonal into triangles like I found on another website. This worked much better for me. I used 3 inch balls and using the 2 inch squares of fabric that they suggested I got 9 of them around on ALL rounds. Much easier for me.


This was the 3rd I made, 1st with the triangles. I also decided to NOT try to cover the end of it but rather use a big bow. I don't like things that you just set in a bowl. The ribbons make them feel more functional. You can still see the pins on this one, but I was working on it.



This one is my favorite, I think because of the patterned fabric. And because it was my real first "good" one.

Made 2 just like this. I think they came out pretty well!

Tips and tricks: like I said, I changed the folding from squares to triangles but everything else I did was just like the tutorial. Also, I read somewhere in my searching that dipping the pins in glue would help keep them in the balls, since styrofoam is very porous and things like to fall out. Since that was one of the issues I had with my grandmas balls *snrt!* I tried it. It really seemed like the glue just got left on top of the fabric and never made into the actual balls but I figure that's better than nothing, right? Also, this is the first time in my life I have ever voluntarily used a thimble. My husband was astounded! Another also, I think the starting point would look better on egg shaped balls. I have another 12 3-inch round balls so I won't be getting to the oblong ones until next year I'm sure but I am excited to experiment!

I hope this is the right place to post this. I plan on making a lot more, as soon as I get more pins. I think they would look great scrappy!

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011 03:13:17 PM »

They look lovely, but the roundness reminds me of globe artichokes rather than pinecones.
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011 03:28:57 PM »

They look lovely, but the roundness reminds me of globe artichokes rather than pinecones.

I was going to say the same thing!! Actually, if you did them in kind of a purple to green ombre, they would look just like an artichoke!

I love 'em jexxi - artichoke or pine cone! It's also great that you're carrying on the family tradition. It makes them extra special. Oh and the bow is a nice touch. I think I'd rather hang them too. 

I'm absolutely going to try this! Thanks for all of the helpful info and tips!
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011 03:30:24 PM »

PS - I just noticed they are hanging on a yarn swift. LUCKY!
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011 04:32:03 PM »

PS - I just noticed they are hanging on a yarn swift. LUCKY!
Heck yeah! I got it about a month ago and just got a chance to use it this past weekend. I don't have a ball winder but it is so much easier just using yarn off the swift in general than having the hank splayed out somehow. Heck, maybe even easier than pulling it from a ball. And since I had it up I realized it was the perfect hanging spot for my "artichokes." Until I get a tree, that is!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2011 06:30:09 AM »

Lovely!  And thanks for the link to the tutorial and your tips!

I wonder if it would help to dip the pins in glue before inserting into the balls?  I definitely want to try this...I love the patterned one the most!
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2011 03:58:56 PM »

Those are just really pretty, artichoke or pinecone, what ever!  I'm glad I was able to figure out what that the windy thing is, it would have driven me NUTZ to not know!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2011 07:04:28 AM »

I was digging through the top shelf of my closet, looking for some crepe paper...guess what I found?  A whole box of styrofoam balls!!!

It was meant to be...they are round, and huge...so mine might be like a big artichoke! Grin

Thanks again for sharing and inspiring!  I am excited to make these...for free!
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2011 07:30:51 AM »

Hurray for finding the supplies already in your stash!


I wonder if it would help to dip the pins in glue before inserting into the balls? 
That's exactly what I was doing. The problem is that you hold the fabric on your ball before you insert the pin, otherwise, if you try pushing it all the way through the fabric before it enters the ball you won't get the placement right, especially with the last pin on each round. Plus, trying to dip it while there is fabric on it would just make it that much more difficult. Maybe you are suggesting to layer the glue and then the fabric, then pin? If you're doing that, why pin at all? Why not just hot glue?
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2011 07:43:35 AM »

oh, I see--I am sure I would have been finding that out the hardway! Thanks!..I still want to try it because I think that  they are worth it...I especially love your idea of adding the ribbon on top...

I will let you know if I figure out anything different...or if I just give up! Grin
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