Once I had what fabrics to use sorted, I needed an idea for what to make with them. I wanted to be able to share a tutorial for something that was cute, small and quick to sew.
I thought back to some of the fun paper crafts we used to make for Valentine’s when we were kids to see if there was one that I could translate into fabric.
These fabric cones fit the bill perfectly!
They can be made as plain or as fancy as you like.
Do you have bits and pieces of edging lace, cording or fringe that you’ve been saving because you can’t bear to throw it out?
Get them out and have fun embellishing fabric cones to fill with treats for everyone you want to give a small gift to this Valentine’s Day.
And you don’t even have to use Valentine’s fabrics. They can be personalized to the tastes of whoever you’re giving them to.
If you’re a mom with young children, they’d make awesome little treat containers for a Valentine’s party favor.
And what teacher wouldn’t love to receive one of these filled with her favorite candy. Let her know that you won’t mind if she re-gifts the cone after she’s eaten the candy.
Maybe you have a group who meet regularly to sew, quilt or craft. I’ll bet the ladies would each love to receive one of these filled with candy… or since we’re destashing… some small craft supplies!
Whether you’re just learning to sew or more advanced these fabric cones are a fun, easy project to spend some quality time at your sewing machine making.
Let’s get started!
How to Make Fabric Cones
Fabric for outside of cone (large scraps if you have them) approximately 7 inches square
Fabric for the lining (again larges scraps will do) same size as for the outside
7½” Baby Ricrac or ribbon for the handle
Optional: 9½” Eyelet lace, lace or trimmings of your choice
Download, print and cut out the fabric cone pattern. Make sure to have your printer set to print at 100% or no scaling.
Use the pattern template to cut one from whatever fabric you chose for the outside of the cone. Cut one from the lining.
Cut one each of the heavy weight interfacing and the light weight interfacing.
Quick tip: If you’re going to be making a lot of fabric cones, make a template of the pattern from plastic or cardboard and then trace the shape on to the fabric before cutting out. That will eliminate the need to pin the paper pattern to the fabric .
To reduce bulk in the seam allowance, trim 1/8″ off interfacing all the way around.
Fuse the interfacing in place.
I like to place a sheet of parchment paper over whatever I’m fusing to prevent any of the adhesive from getting stuck to my iron.
Next, pin the ricrac handle in place at the dots indicated on the pattern.
Baste the handle in place using a long stitch on the machine.
If I’m adding an edging, I like to start the basting stitch at the edge of the fabric and then sew all the way across the top curve so that I can use that basting line as a guide when placing the edging.
Fold the end of eyelet trim or lace over twice and pin along the curved edge of the cone. Do this on each end.
Make sure to place the trim in at least 3/8″ from the long straight on either side to make sure it doesn’t get caught in the seam allowance when you sew the cone together.
Baste the eyelet trim in place.
Note: If you want the trim to stand up… the photo below shows the wrong way to position the trim!
I spent some quality time with my seam ripper after that mistake!
However, if you want the trim to lay down, pin it in place like this and baste.
Then pin the ricrac handle over the gathered red eyelet trim or whatever trim you’re using.
Pin the lining to outer piece; right sides together
Sew along the curved edge using a ¼” seam allowance. Backstitch at both the beginning and end of the seam.
Fold the cones in half and sew together as shown in the photo below.
To reduce bulk at the top of the cone, nest the seams. Pin one seam allowance in one direction and the other in the opposite direction.
Here’s another quick tip… sew the lining piece with an almost 3/8″ seam allowance starting at the bottom of the cone and then gradually decrease to a 1/4″ seam allowance as you approach the top of the cone.
Make sure to leave an opening of at least 2″ in the lining seam for turning. To do this… begin your seam at the bottom of the lining (the pointed end,) sew for about an 1½”. Backstitch.
Start sewing again about 2″ further along. Remember to backstitch again. Continue to sew until you get to the point of the outer cone. Backstitch.
Quarter inch seam allowance at the top of the cones:
Quarter inch seam allowance on outer cone.
By doing this, you’re making the lining ever so slightly smaller than the outer cone so that it will fit smoothly and snugly when pushed inside.
Clip the corners diagonally.
Finger press the seams open.
Turn the whole thing right side out through the opening.
Sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.
You’ll have something that looks like this:
Push the lining fabric down inside the outer cone.
And there you have it… a cute little fabric cone ready to add treats.
Now let’s fill those fabric cones with some treats!
If you’re wanting to make an extra special Fabric Cone, I’ve created an Embroidered Version with a Redwork Floral Heart. The pattern for the embroidery is February’s free embroidery pattern.
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