Chenille Bedspread Candy Cane Bowl Filler-Tutorial

y871I have posted about this project before, but I have never posted the entire tutorial on my blog. Since this is such a good seller at my craft shows, I thought it was time to share the specifics. :)

Vintage linens offer an unexpected fabric for new sewing projects. I especially love chenille bedspreads. I use them quite a bit in my craft designs, but I am often left with small scraps that I just can’t bring myself to toss. This primitive candy cane bowl filler is the perfect solution for putting those scraps to good use. Made with primitively appliqued stripes and exposed seams, this bowl filler works up very quickly.

Things You Will Need:

Card stock
Marking pen
White chenille bedspread
Red fabric
Straight pins
Sewing machine

y872Trace a candy cane shape on card stock that is approximately 1 1/2 inches wide by 7 inches tall. This measurement does not need to be exact. You can draw your shape free hand or enlarge a “J” from a favorite font on your computer and print it out. Cut out the shape. This is your pattern.

Lay a white chenille bedspread on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. Place the candy cane pattern on the chenille and lightly trace around it with a marking pen. This is the the back of the fabric, but the cane is sewn with edges exposed, so you will want to cut away the pen marks. Cut out the shape just inside the marked lines.

Cut six 1-inch-wide by 2 1/2-inch-long strips of red fabric.

y873Place the chenille candy cane on your work surface with the right side facing up. Place the red fabric strips across the width of the cane and spaced evenly from one end of the cane to the other. Pin the strips in place.

1-DSCF1869Top stitch the edges of the red strips across the width of the cane, as close to the edges as possible. Trim the ends of the strips even with the cane. This is the front of your candy cane bowl filler.

2-DSCF1875Lay your white chenille bedspread on your work surface with the wrong side up. Place the candy cane front on the chenille with the red stripes facing up. Pin the candy cane to the chenille.

3-DSCF1882Sew around the edges of the cane using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom end of the cane.

Cut out the shape using the front candy cane as your guide. Do not turn the cane. The side on the outside is the right side. Stuff the candy cane. Sew the end closed in the same way as the other edges of the candy cane.

y871Rip a 1-inch wide by 20-inch long strip of red fabric. Wrap the strip around the candy cane and tie into a bow. Trim the ends.

For a variety of candy cane flavors, choose other colors to create the stripes.



Crocheted Santa Ornaments

Crocheted Santa OrnamentsCrocheted Santa Ornaments

Another project for the heat.

Yes, I know seems a bit early for Christmas crafts, but my first fall show is the end of September and I have another one at the beginning of October. Anything I can knock out when I can’t stand the heat outside will make last-minute projects easier to handle.

5-DSCF1907I’m an assembly-line-kinda-girl so I started by crocheting all the pink heads…

3-DSCF1905…then went on to their beards and hair…

4-DSCF1906…ending the crocheting with the hats.

2-DSCF1903The eyes, noses and bells were the final embellishments.

I still need to add the hanging loops, but other than that they are done.

I’m working on the tutorial. I’ll share more when it is published.


Fringe-Tied Blanket Kits for Kids

7-DSCF0030Abigale’s Fringe-Tied Blanket

I have always loved doing craft projects with kids, but they are usually cut, glue, paint, clay or some variation of all of that.

4-DSCF0022I was pleasantly surprised on Christmas day when my goddaughter brought over a kit she had received from her grandmother. It was a kit to make a fleece fabric, fringe-tied blanket. Yes, I have made them before, but it never occured to me to have a child do it.

2-DSCF0019Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the box, so I don’t know who packages them. I did notice it said it was for “ages 5 and up”. Well…I’m not so sure a 5 year old could do all of the steps without heavy adult supervision, but my 10 year old goddaughter did a great job.

I pretty much gave her brief instructions as she was starting each step, but that was it. She did it all.

3-DSCF0020She said it took her 45 minutes to complete, as she looked at the clock when she started. Uhm, I hope she doesn’t get mad at me, but I am pretty sure the clock did one more full rotation. I think 1 hour, 45 minutes seems more realistic. Regardless of time, she did it all in one sitting.

5-DSCF0025The proud crafter with her masterpiece.

6-DSCF0026Her brother and sister getting into the act.

8-DSCF0035And then my guys adding to the crowd.

Happy New Year!


Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

08-DSCN7518Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

Exciting news that I can’t talk about yet has kept me from posting too much in the last couple of weeks. Don’t ya just hate that?

Anyway, I will clear my mind of that little tidbit so that I can share a project I made for a special lady for Christmas.

Shopping for someone with memory challenges can be…well,…challenging. Another pair of slippers or a bath robe just didn’t seem appropriate, so I did a little Googling for gift ideas for Alzheimer/dementia patients. Two ideas stuck out. I decided to combine them and make my own version. The fidget memory lap quilt was born.

02-DSCN7512I needed photos. Lots and lots of photos. I started by stalking family Facebook pages to scrape as many photos as I could, then I got out my own albums and scanned what I couldn’t find online. I used old and new photos. Each pic was cropped into a square using my photo software, then I combined several into a collage that would fit a standard sheet of printer paper. When I had all the photos collages ready, I printed them off on t-shirt transfer paper. Note: If you are interested in doing this project, do not forget to flip the collages to a mirror image before printing. My printer did this automatically when I told it what kind of paper I was using, but if your printer doesn’t, you will have to do it either through the photo editing process or when setting your printer’s particulars before hitting the print button.

Each photo was then cut out.

03-DSCN7513The front of the lap quilt is one whole piece of white cotton fabric. To accommodate all the photos I cut the fabric a little larger than a baby blanket. The resulting size was perfect for a lap quilt. Arrange your photos on the fabric and follow the instructions on the packet of transfer paper to adhere.

I had some pieced fabric left over from a previous project that was perfect for the back of the quilt. The backing, batting and front of the quilt were layered and pinned together.

10-DSCN7520The fidget part of the quilt is the fabric strips. I ripped several strips from scrap backing fabric and pinned them in a somewhat organized-chaos between the photos on the front. Using my sewing machine, the middle of each strip was tacked to the quilt. This stitching went through all of the layers to create the quilting. Each strip was then tied into a knot.

I hand-stitched the binding, then top-stitched the binding using my sewing machine.

We do not live close to the special lady who received the quilt, so we don’t know yet if it sparked any memories. I’m kinda anxious to hear.


Happy Holidays!

Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

11-DSCN7069Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

The Rustic Wood Snowman tutorial has been published!

06-DSCN7056He is a quick project and great for using up all your scrap pieces. AND he was free!

1-DSCN7273Just like potato chips, you won’t be able to stop at one. Make plenty for gifts. They will be loved. I made several for a craft show and sold out fast.

11-DSCN7069You can find the entire tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts.