First let me just say I found really tiny pineapples made this way at a quilt store in Maui this past September. The pineapple was 3 inches tall. They were selling for $22 ea and of course I wanted every single one. But I knew I could make them...and then the owner was kind enough to tell me how she made them. There are other tutorials out there for similar ornamets, but to me these look like they are covered in pointed quilt binding and I just love that look. I made one pinecone in a traditional fabric and one pineapple in a Batik so you all could see how different you can make these and it's okay to go a little nuts with your fabric choices. I'm also thinking of using 3 different coordinating fabrics, but don't hold your breath! Doubt you will see it before Christmas!
For this traditional look I used an all over victorian floral print in red on white, and white ribbon. I also placed my sewn points loosely together. The pineapple is packed in tighter, but it is also slightly smaller - you will use almost all of a FQ. Don't be afraid to make the points as close together or far apart as you like, as long as the unfinished edge isn't showing.
You will need:
One fat quarter (FQ) of fabric
One round styrofoam ball (baseball sized)
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Iron, ruler, rotary cutter or scissors
Green or white narrow florist's tape
As always, iron your fabric first before you start measuring and cutting.
Cut your FQ into 2" wide strips.
Fold each strip in half and iron so it's nice and crisp.
Then cut the folded in half strips into 2" long pieces.
So this is what you should be working with... SET ONE 2"x2" PIECE ASIDE. You will need it for the "bottom" of the ornament.
|Step One, lay on ironing board|