Last week Veronica dropped me a note and told me that the Quilted Tree Ornaments brought back childhood memories of holiday’s past. Being the sentimental sap that I am, I had to learn more! Please welcome Veronica from sewVery as our guest designer for the day.
I’m Veronica from sewVery, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be visiting with you today. Heather has asked me to stop by and share with The Sewing Loft readers my tutorial for A sewVery Simple Candy Cane Ornament!
I consider myself to be a nostalgic crafter these days. I love finding inspiration from the craft projects that my mom and I crafted together when I was a child! It’s so fun reliving the memories of us working together when I recreate one of her amazing projects.
And you guessed it! My sewVery Simple Candy Cane Ornament Tutorial was inspired by decorations my mom made for our tree. If you are like me, you are still working on decorating your home and making special holiday gifts for loved ones, friends, neighbors, and teachers. So, I am here to help you out! My Simple Candy Cane Ornaments are so quick to make and are perfect for the tree or to attach to a wrapped present. So grab your supplies, and let’s get busy!
I’ve made two versions of this Simple Candy Cane Ornament. The first uses double-sided quilted fabric, twine (or ribbon), thread and pinking shears. It’s definitely the simplest of the two versions!
- Print and cut out the candy cane pattern or draft up one of your own! Make sure to print the pattern at full size (no scaling). Next, lay out the pattern on your fabric and pin in place. For the candy cane ornament made using double-sided quilted fabric, you can cut out the shape using pinking shears or use your regular scissors to cut it out and then pink the edges later, whichever is easiest for you. I cut some out a little bigger than the pattern so the finished candy cane ornament would be the size of the pattern once I pinked the edges. This is totally optional!
- This step is not necessary, but I liked the simple detail. Sew around the perimeter of the candy case using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Now, if you haven’t already, pink the edges of the candy cane.
- Finally, cut a piece of twine roughly 5″ long, fold it in half, and attach the cut edges to the back side of the candy cane by sewing back and forth over the twine. That’s it!
**Since I know that many of you like to print out a hard copy of the article to use as a reference while sewing, I have created an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing and ad-free. Find more here. The blog post and video are totally free to read, print, and sew! The PDF tutorial & download for $2 is totally optional.
Version 2 requires the use of two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting in addition to twine (or ribbon), thread, regular scissors, and pinking shears.
- Fold your fabric in half, place a piece of batting in the middle, pin the pattern in place, and cut out the fabric and batting all in one step using regular scissors. You’ll pink the edges after you sew the pieces together.
- You should now have two pieces of fabric and one piece of batting cut out. Make sure they are laid out like this with one piece of fabric right side facing down, then the batting, and then the second piece of fabric on top with right side facing up.
- Pin the pieces together.
- Sew around the perimeter of the candy cane using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Next, pink the edges, and then follow the instructions above for attaching the twine. **For this part, you can use a walking foot to prevent the fabric from creeping. I decided to forgo this and just use my regular sewing machine foot. Any irregularities will be cut off when you pink the edges later.
You’ll have a few dozen of these whipped up in no time! And if you like this sewVery Simple Candy Cane Ornament Tutorial, then you’ll love my Santa Hat Ornament Tutorial and my Christmas Tree Tabletop Decoration Tutorial–more projects inspired by my mom!
Heather, thanks for having me over today. It’s been so much fun visiting with you and your readers! Everyone is invited to come visit me at my blog, sewVery, or on Facebook for more fun craft and sewing projects and tutorials! Merry Christmas!