Felt Crafts

Felt Pincushion Tutorial


Ice cream cone pincushion tutorial

Remember the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street? This fun felt tutorial from Maker Team members Andrea and Paola of @dapperanimals is just as sweet - and you don't even need to scramble for loose change! Follow along as they demonstrate how to make a soft-serve pincushion. The hardest part will be deciding on a flavor!

We are Andrea and Paola, the creative sister duo from Dapper Animals, and we collect adorable pincushions. You can never have enough pincushions because they decorate your crafting room while keeping you safe from sharp needles and pins! Today we are going to show you how to make a felt pin cushion in the shape of an ice cream cone.

Skill Level: Advanced (Tutorial requires sewing with a curved needle)

Time: 3 hours



One 12x18" sheet of Peony Wool Blend Felt
One 9x12" sheet of Dandelion Wool Blend Felt
Sewing Thread - Pink, Yellow, and White
Curved Needle
Hot Glue Gun
Ice Cream Cone Pincushion Pattern  (click to download)


1. Download and print the Ice Cream Cone Pincushion Pattern above. Cut out the pieces.

2. Trace the pattern pieces onto the coordinating wool blend felt. Cut felt pieces.

Tracing pattern onto felt

3. Trace the ice cream cone pattern pieces onto cardboard and cut out. We used a recycled mailing box. Trace the inner circle on top of the outer circle as shown.

Tracing ice cream cone pieces

4. Cut slits along the outer circle until you reach the line of the inner circle.

Preparing the cardboard cone

5. Bend and curve both pieces of cardboard to match the image below.

Making the cardboard cone base

6. Using your glue gun, glue the bottom of the cup to the short end of the cup.

Gluing the cardboard cone base

7. Once you finish gluing the bottom along the entire edge of the cup, there will be an overlap flap on the side of the cup. Glue the flap to the side of the cup. The bottom of the cup should be flush with the side.

Securing the ice cream cone base

8. Trace the cone pattern pieces onto the Dandelion wool blend felt and cut out.

Yellow felt for ice cream cone

9. Fold and pin the yellow felt one inch from the top. Then sew it about 1/16″ from the edge or as close as you can get to the edge. You can use a sewing machine or sew it by hand. The result adds a nice ridge accent to the ice cream cone.

Making the felt cone covering

10. Add stitching accents to the ice cream cone by sewing diagonal lines and then add some more lines in the reverse to create a diamond pattern on the bottom half of the ice cream cone.

Stitching the felt cone cover

11. Using your glue gun, attach the yellow felt to the cardboard by aligning it to the bottom of the cone shape. You will have excess felt on the top of the cone. Fold the felt over the edge of the cone and glue it to the inside.

Covering the cone base in felt

12. Attach the three pink pieces of felt as shown in the PDF pattern.

Making the felt soft serve

13. With the sewn ridges on the outside, fold the pink felt piece lengthwise and pin the edges together. Sew the edges together, but make sure to leave the last 3 inches unsewn at the tip.

Sewing felt soft serve

14. Turn the pink felt piece inside out to leave the sewn ridges on the inside. Now that the stitching is on the inside, you can sew closed the tip of the soft serve.

Finishing the felt soft serve

15. Stuff the pink felt soft serve with Polyfil. Sew the open end closed.

Stuffing the felt soft serve

16. Curve the pink felt soft serve into shape. Using the curved needle and thread, sew the inner wrinkles together. Sewing the wrinkles will make the soft serve keep its swirled shape.

Stitching the felt swirl

17. Once you finish shaping the pink felt swirl, place it inside the felt cone and add your favorite kind of pins. You made an ice cream cone pincushion!

Finished felt ice cream cone pincushion

Thanks to Andrea and Paola for designing and writing this tutorial! You can follow them on Instagram @dapperanimals or visit their website. Stay tuned for more Benzie Design Maker Team tutorials from the rest of the team!