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
Ruler
Scissors
White chenille bedspread
Red fabric
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Stuffing

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.

Enjoy!

 

Country Rag Boa Wreath-Tutorial

6-rag boa wreathCountry Rag Boa Wreath

7-DSCF1250You may have seen this wreath in my dining room post. It was the perfect addition to the screen door.

3-rag boa wreathWho says wreaths have to be round? This picture frame inspired another outside-the-box project.

1-rag boa wreathBits of cutter quilt scraps left over from previous projects were the perfect medium to create a rag boa to wrap around the frame, but you could use any fabric scrap of your choosing.

The tutorial for my Country Rag Boa Wreath can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

Junk Finds-April 2014

2-DSCF0960These brass handles are from pocket doors. Aren’t they fabulous?

I’m finally back to yard sale-ing! You would think I have enough stuff since I have filled two storage units from our move, but placing restrictions on the junking adventures of a dyed-in-the-wool junker is impossible. Besides, I do make use of my junk finds sooner or later. ;)

1-DSCF0959This bedside table is just screaming for a makeover.

6-DSCF0972This hutch is a particle board nightmare, but I have immediate plans for it. I need cupboard space, and even though I don’t know how well the surface will take (and retain) a paint job, the $12 I got it for allows me the chance to give it a shot.

7-DSCF0978Footstools seem to be really popular, so this stool will be transformed to sell.

4-DSCF0968I found this old, weathered oar for $1. Now bear with me on this one. I have a vision. I think it will make a great background for a sign. “Gone Fishing” anyone?

5-DSCF0971Score! My husband went with me to the citywide yard sales in Rose Hill, Kansas a couple of weeks ago and this was his find of the day. These landscape bricks were stacked along the curb with a “free” sign on them. The homeowner who was giving them away actually helped us load them in the car.

3-DSCF0963Another chenille bedspread. There was no way I could pass up this light, dusty green chenille bedspread. I love the yummy color and it was only $3.

As the weather warms up great junk find deals seem to be popping out everywhere. I hope you are having as much fun as I am.

Enjoy!

Festival Totes

10-festival toteFor this project I kinda veered away from my vow of not accumulating anything new until I used up some of the things I already had, but…I was gifted with a bag of fabric from a friend that I just couldn’t say no to. I mean, come on, it was free fabric!

11-festival toteI made one of these bags years ago and called it a festival tote because it is so big and convenient for carrying just about anything on-the-go. It’s gone to fairs, to festivals, on vacations and even down in the fraidy hole during tornado warnings.

Isn’t that fabric delicious? Thank you, Faith! I think she said it was left over from curtains.

09-festival toteIt has four tabs to criss-cross and close the top.

12-totesSince I can’t ever make just one of anything, I redeemed myself somewhat by using fabric I already had to make multiples of the tote. I love, love the tote I made using a pink chenille bedspread. Which one is your favorite?

13-totesIn anticipation for spring and summer festival season, I’ve already taken them, and a few smaller ones, to the local store where I sell my crafts.

Enjoy!

Blast from the Past: Fall Projects

1-Blast from the PastBlast from the Past: Fall Projects

Wow! Halloween totally flew by!

I’ve had unexpected family emergencies and family obligations the last few weeks that have kept me away from the blog. My efforts have all been put into keeping up with my paying gigs so blogging had to go to the bottom of the list.

Things aren’t completely back to normal yet, but all work and no play makes me cranky.

I’ve been working on new projects for Christmas tutorials and Christmas craft shows. Those things will be popping in here soon, but until they do, I thought I would post a little blast from the past.

These fall project tutorials are some of my favorites from the past.

2-Fabric Tube PumpkinsFabric Tube Pumpkins

1-Chenille Fabric Tube PumpkinsI also used the Fabric Tube Pumpkin Tutorial to make the chenille pumpkins.

3-Pumpkin GourdCrackle Painted Gourd

4-Fall LadderFall Ladder

5-Wool jar ornieCanning Jar Gift Container Decorated with Wool Ornies

6-new-crochet-pumpkin-appliqueCrochet a Pumpkin Applique

7-Fall Table RunnerFall Table Runner

Click on the highlighted titles to take you to the posts.

Enjoy!