Scissors, both paper and fabric.
Brown felt 30cm length by 15cm width
A strip of fabric 75cm in length and 10cm in width
A print out of the paper pattern below
Print out the paper cone pattern at the bottom of this page.
Tip to print to the correct size, copy the image and paste into another program to resize to your desired measurements.
For the benefit of this make we have used a thick Contrasting colour, so you can see the stitches. We suggest you use a thread that matches the Fabric you are using.
There are many debates on how to start off your stitches, some like to back stitch a few times then start sewing, others create French knots, however I generally tie a slip knot, this is enough to anchor your thread to begin sewing.
Our only star tip when hand sewing, is don’t use too long a length of thread. Too much thread tends to knot up when sewing making it frustrating to complete any task; a good amount to use can be measured from your finger tip down to your elbow.
1.Cut out the paper cone pattern with your paper scissors.
2.Take two layers of felt,and place together. Pin your paper pattern to both layers of felt. Cut around your pattern using your fabric scissors. Unpin your pattern.
3.Using back stitch, sew around your two layers of felt, along the longest straight edge and around the curve. Leave the shortest straight edge open.
4.Turn the cone right side out.
5.Fold inwards and pin the open edges together. Using slip stitch work your way along the open edge, closing it to the tip of your cone.
6.Starting at the top of your cone, slip stitch down the edges to the tip of your cone again.
7.Slightly stuff your cone with stuffing to make it more ridged.
8.Take the length of fabric that you would like to use for your ice cream swirl.
9. Fold in two, length wise, right sides of fabric together. Then with a running stitch sew down one edge, and carry along down the length of the strip.
10.Turn the fabric tube right side out. Its useful to use a long object when turning a tube this length right side out.
11.Now for the semi tricky bit. As it is an ice cream swirl this does not need to be perfect, but we will be using the same principle as ribbon roses.
Fold the hemmed edge down at right angles to the strip, and secure with a couple of stitches.
12.Fold the slanted edge back on its self and secure again with a couple of stitches.
13.The less securing stitches you use in this step the better as it will make your fake ice cream appear as light and puffy as piped ice cream cones.
Twist your fabric strip once outwards from the centre, stitch, and repeat at every quarter turn.
Don't worry about being able to see the stitches so predominantly here, this will be hidden inside the cone eventually. Just make sure that your twists are secure, so the ice cream doesn't become untwisted later.
14.Finish by tucking the raw edge into the centre of your twists. Stitch and knot the end of your thread.
15.Now rethread your needle and using slip stitch again, attach your ice cream top, to your ice cream cone.
Tie off your thread and there you have, what looks like a very complicated make, in many simple and easy steps.
The only thing missing is the FLAKE, except I ate that while making this.
Cone Pattern. Right click on image, copy image. Open Microsoft Word, or any other program, paste image in and resize. All Paper patterns and Colour Me:Make Me print outs are designed for standard A4 paper size.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.