Americana Mini Fabric Cones

Hi everyone!  It's Hilary here today to show you another Americana project for you since we are rapidly approaching the 4th of July.  These little mini fabric cones, made with Brenda Walton's new Faceted Cone die, are a lot of fun to make, and are so easily adaptable for Halloween or Christmas or any other Holiday or occasion.  I hope you enjoy!
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
I chose to decorate these little cones with bits of trim, mini tags, rusted bells and fabric yo-yo's, which I'll show you below how to make.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
To hang them, I simply added some wire through the holes at the top.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Brenda's Faceted Cone is going to be one of my favorite new dies and will sure to become a favorite of yours as well.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
So let me show you how I made these.
From Sizzix you will need to the following dies...
Faceted Cone by Brenda Walton
Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz
You will also need your Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Pro or Vagabond die cutting machine
Additional supplies needed:
  • An assortment of fabrics
  • An assortment of trims
  • a small scrap of cardstock
  • Alphabet stamps and inks
  • Rusty bells
  • buttons
  • DMC floss
  • need and thread
  • Fabri-Tac glue
  • heavy gauge wire
  • wire snips
  • Heat 'n Bond iron on adhesive
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Okay lets get started!  From your fabric and using the Faceted Cone, die cut 6 cones from 3 different fabrics, (2 of each).  You will also die cut the smaller cone as well, though you will only use 3 of them.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Next, die cut Heat 'n Bond using the same Faceted Cone die, you will need 3.  The reason for this, is to adhere two fabrics together without sewing, and the die cutting it will give you a perfect fit.  Then according to manufacturer's directions, I simply laid one fabric cone, right side down, then laid the Heat 'n Bond on top of that, paper side up, then ironed it for the recommended time.  Once finished, peel up paper backing and lay the other cone on top, right side up, and iron together.
Then for the bottom, lay Heat 'n Bond down at the bottom of the cone, paper side up and and iron.  Remove the paper backing, and lay the smaller cone down and iron that as well.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Once your cones are finished, simply roll your cone up and using Fabri-Tac, run a bead of glue down the side and adhere the cone edges.  Fabric-Tac dries relatively fast, so you won't have to hold the ends down for very long.  After they are set, using Fabri-Tac again, glue trim around the edges as you so desire.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Now we're up to making the fabric yo-yo's for the front of the cone.  Have you ever made these before?  If not, I'm here to tell you, they are easy as pie and you can whip these up in no time.  I'm going to show you just how easy they are to make.  Using your Framelits Circles and the circle measuring 2 1/2 inches, die cut 3 circles, one for each of the 3 cones, and a needle and thread.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Flip the circle over so you have the wrong side facing up, then with your needle and thread begin stitching about 1/8 of an inch from the edge.  I knotted my thread at the other end as well.  Stitch all the way around.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
When you finish stitching all the way around, gently pull the thread, and as you are pulling the top of the circle will begin to gather.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Pull the thread taut until it's completely gathered at the center, then you can just run the needle up and down then tie off if you'd like...but I chose to add a button to the center.  So I sewed in a button to finish using the same needle and thread.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Then simply knot it off after looping it around a couple of times.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
To finish, I threaded some DMC floss into my needle and ran it through the button holes, then tied it off in the back.  Adhere to the center of the cone using Fabri-Tac glue and hold into place until set.
So easy huh?  I love yo-yo's, and Framelits circles make it so easy to create them in no time.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Now back to finishing the cone.  Die cut from cardstock, some small tags and stamp sentiment using alphabets.  Thread some heavy gauge wire through the holes in the cone, then before pinching the wire shut, add a sentiment tag, then close the wire then thread wire through the other side for your hanger.
Refer to the photo above in the tutorial, it'll show you how I looped the wire through and how the tag looks.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
For the bottom of the cone, I simply used a dark brown thread and stitched a little rusty bell to the end for a nice finished look.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
This photo just shows you the finished inside of the cone.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Americana Mini Fabric Cones by Hilary Kanwischer
Then fill with little gifts, candies, or just hang them by themselves from a little tree, or at Christmas time to show your patriotic side.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope these inspire you to create your own.
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Let your personality shine through by filling your home with decor elements that are as unique as you are! For more ideas of ways to create unique decor, check out the Home Decor projects in the die cutting project gallery at Sizzix.com.

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