Making Fabric Acorns: A Tutorial by Sara of Zemphira

Today’s tutorial, by Handmade Spark seller Sara of Zemphira, is festive, crafty, and quick! – just perfect for the fall season into the holidays!

I thought it would be fun to create some fabric acorns made with real acorn hats. So, we headed out on a family hike to gather some nuts like little squirrels. After we got home, we carefully pulled the tops off the acorns and I played around with some fabrics until I got the acorn-look I wanted. Here’s a quick little nature-inspired craft tutorial on how to make fabric acorns. I had fun making these, and I couldn’t make just one, my kids had fun helping me collect and choose fabrics, and my husband just thinks I’m nuts!

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Colorful Fabric Acorns!


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and the supplies needed


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cut out a circle with 2.25 inch diameter

snip the circle 4 times just up to the center

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fold the circle in half and sew a seam for each section you just cut – be sure to back stitch

(you will sew 4 seams)

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when you are done sewing the 4 seams it will look like a cone – this is the bottom of the acorn

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sew a running stitch about a quarter inch from the top of the bottom of the acorn

leave a little bit of a tail at the start of the running stitch

(i usually use a matching thread, i used black here to illustrate this step)

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after you have sewed all the way around the cone you should have two tails, the start and the end of the thread

pull the ends of the thread together so the cone closes up a little bit

stuff the acorn bottom with a little bit of stuff ‘n fluff

(do not entirely close the cone once it is stuffed- it will fill the acorn hat better if it is not pulled all the way)

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put hot glue into an acorn hat

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quickly press your acorn bottom to the hat and squeeze the two together

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and there you have it – a quick, fun, and festive craft!

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Right now my acorns are being used as Nutkin’s snack.  But I think they would make a very cute brooch or look fun in a bowl as a decoration for Autumn.  I am thinking of stringing a few and making an acorn garland.

I would love to see your nutty creations!

~Sara, Zemphira




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  • Artsnark

    Sew, I mean, So cute!! Great idea & post

  • Jonscreations

    So cute and soooo easy, thank you for the tutorial, I will definately have to try it!

  • thecraftqueen

    I totally enjoyed this tutorial! very adorable!!

  • http://www.lcscottage.etsy.com Laura

    What a fun, quick and easy fall decorating idea! You could display these cuties just about anywhere! I just happen to have a large oak tree in my yard…maybe the blue jays and squirrels will just have to start sharing with me. Thanks!

  • http://www.BlueBirdCreations88.etsy.com BlueBirdCreations88

    These are too cute!! As soon as I find some acorns, I am going to try this!

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    Here’s mine…. http://twitpic.com/2s9mb0

  • http://twitter.com/artl8dy ArtL8dy

    Here’s mine….. http://twitpic.com/2s9mb0

  • Crystallynnfairy

    I adore these!

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