Turn fabric scraps into Christmas decorations with a Japanese twist. This version of the woody fruit takes a little while longer to make than the free pine cones Christmas decorations kit in Mollie Makes 60, but they’re well worth the make. Craft the origami pine cone beauties using silk organza or raid your stash to find other festive fabrics. For pine cones with extra sparkle, add a dusting of gold or silver glitter along the edges. Happy crafting x
You will need:
• Fabric, cut into eight 8x8cm (3⅜ x 3⅜”) squares
• Wonder Under, same size as fabric
• Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or fabric scissors)
• Pencil (optional)
• Small piece of fabric to protect your fabric when ironing (silk organza is best)
• Needle and thread
How to make fabric origami pine cones
Iron the fabric, iron the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the fabric. Once cool, cut out eight 8x8cm (3⅜ x 3⅜”) squares.
Using one fabric square (wrong side facing), find the centre by folding opposite corners together and pinching the middle of the fold. Do this with the other corners to create a little cross. Unfold.
Fold each corner of the square into the centre. Make sure the corners of the new square formed are sharp. Repeat with the corners of the new square. Try to make these folds precise.
Unfold and remove the paper backing. Refold (step 3), ironing after each fold using your scrap fabric to protect your pine cone fabric. This is the same for all iron instructions.
Fold a waterbomb base (practise with paper). With folds facing up, fold and unfold the square in half along both diagonals (press at each fold to crease). Turn over and fold in half along horizontal axis, crease and unfold. With folds facing up, draw the two ends of the last fold together to collapse the fold as pictured. Iron. The overall shape of the flat piece will be a triangle.
With the first triangle point, press and lift so that it’s perpendicular to the rest of the piece, creating a kite shape.
Fold the kite shape in half, lengthways. Iron. Repeat with each remaining point.
As soon as you can after ironing the last fold hold the piece in your hands until cool to set the shape. Repeat steps 2-8 with each of the remaining squares.
Starting with the most closed piece, thread it onto a long piece of doubled thread. Thread the next piece on top of the first, lining up the points with the spaces. You may have to tease open some of the folds to make sure it lines up neatly.
Continue in this way until all 8 pieces are used. Gently pull the thread to tighten the sections together. Secure the thread with a few stitches, knot and trim (or leave a length of thread to hang).
About Hannah Ashwell
Folding paper and dressmaking since childhood, Hannah has combined the two to create bY Mi textile origami. www.bymi.co.uk