Wednesday September 17th 2014

Prairie point pinecone tree ornament – a free pattern

The amazing, quirky pine cone quilt Laura Fisher showed us in the December issue of TQL reminded me of a popular craft sale and church bazaar item from about 20 years ago. Do you remember those pine cone tree ornaments, constructed of layers and layers of little folded fabric triangles? I never bought one (“I can make that myself!”), but I never got around to making one, either.

So after admiring Laura’s antique quilt, and being a lot more familiar with a prairie point than I was 20 years ago, I armed myself with a glue gun and I decided to see what I could do. Those pinecone shaped ornaments I admired back in the day were built probably on a Styrofoam egg, but I had a 2 ½” Styrofoam ball on hand so I used it. And here it is! Click here to download the pattern PDF

This would be a great tag-team project, with one person pressing the prairie points and another gluing them to the ball.
We hope you have fun with this!

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10 Comments for “Prairie point pinecone tree ornament – a free pattern”

  • Justine Self says:

    Thank you for this pattern, I’ve always thought these ornaments were so pretty. I plan to make one every year for each of my Grandchildren using fabric illustrating their interests of the time. What a fun thing for them to take to their first home and use on their tree.

  • Niki says:

    in my guild we used pins instead of a glue gun. less messy and fewer burned fingers.

  • Sandy Skelton says:

    These are beautiful made out of gold, silver or even tartan ribbon for Christmas. I also make these in pastel colours over polystyrene eggs for Easter. I also use sequin pins instead of glue.58CT

  • Sharon Blake says:

    Pairie point pine cone ornament. I cannot fine the tutorial. can you help me.

  • Julie Roberts says:

    Looking for the pattern for the prairie pinecone Looks like it was available for a time in 2012. Can I still get the PDF? Thank you

    • Sylvia says:

      Hi Julie. Yes, the pattern is still available. I’ll send a PDF to your email address. Hope you enjoy making these, I love them! Sylvia Thomas, AQS Office Administrator

  • Sue Rogers says:

    Fun to see this pattern again. Long, long ago in another life I taught craft classes for the Piece Goods fabric shop in Oak Ridge, Tenn and this was one of our holiday classes but we used ribbon and pins.

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