Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holly Jolly Candy Canes

Candy Canes are a big Holiday Theme around our house. I love the crook and the striped red and white of each traditional candy cane. I love the way they taste and how the instant you look at them you think of Christmas. A few years ago I had idea to incorporate my love of candy canes into more of my holiday decor. So, I came up with these simply adorable fabric stuffed Candy Canes!!

I started out with a shape (in my head!) I knew I didn't want a standard pattern because I wanted to give each candy cane its own personality and pizazz. I bought and borrowed (Thanks Mom!) several types of fabrics that I thought would make for interesting candy canes. Below is a step by step process to make your own Candy Canes.

Begin by cutting 2 identical "canes" from your fabric. Sew all the way around the "cane" leaving a 2 inch opening for stuffing. Back stitch the ends of each opening so while stuffing the "cane" the thread doesn't come loose.

Trim fabric around stitching to a quarter inch (1/4). This helps reduce bulk.

Flip "cane" outside in and stuff candy cane with craft stuffing through hole. See below.

To finish off your "cane" I hand sewed the cane who different ways. #1) I let the stitches show and whip stitched the raw edge. #2 I hid my stitches by folding and bringing the fabric together to make a smooth edge and then hand sewed the sides together. I think it looks great either way! You decide.

It was fun to add embellishments on each "cane" with buttons, felt, stitching, bells and ribbon. Have fun with it and personalize each Candy Cane.

I have placed the Candy Canes all around my house and even in our family Christmas tree.

Candy Cane your way to Kitty's blog for an amazing dessert that uses candy canes!!! Peppermint never got so much love. Merry Christmas.


Fahrenheit 350° said...

I love, love, love these! I love them in my home too!

tammy said...

Totally cut, Pam!

Camille said...

I am in love with candy canes now! Super cute idea, Pam!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

I love the shape of your candy cane.

Super cute!

poison_ivy777 said...

I stopped by from Tip Junkie and thought these were so cute! I read that your two passions are knitting and food and wondered if you have ever done decorative cupcakes before? I did a few of my first ones this year and it was SO fun! I made a punpkin patch and Turkeys for my son's preschool class. I of course blogged about them if you want to take a look!

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute Pamela. I love the buttons on your candy canes -- very clever!

Rebekah said...

so adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! That ticking fabric is so cute

Kristin said...

I bought one at your show, because I love that you made it. I also bought the seed pinecone, and the juncos love it in the backyard. Thanks!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

I love these candy canes!! So cute. Great tutorial!

Rachel@AllFreeHolidayCrafts said...

Hi Pamela,

These are so adorable! I'd love to link to your tutorial from my craft site, with your permission of course. Please let me know if that would be okay with you.

Thanks in advance!

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