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!

 

Making Chenille Candy Cane Bombs

Okay, maybe not bombs, but by the time I finished this pile of chenille candy canes I felt like I had been disarming a bomb for hours.

The chenille bedspread I used was a hobnail chenille bedspread. That means the bumpy cord that makes the design isn’t fuzzy. It looks a lot more like candlewicking, and isn’t necessarily soft. But it looks really, really cool, so I just have to use it…no matter if doing so turns me into a nervous wreck.

The sewing on these requires each candy stripe to be top stitched to the chenille cane shape. Once completed, the striped candy cane is stitched to another layer of chenille.


As I am stitching along…minding my own business…my needle will stitch over one (or several) of those hobnail bumps causing the needle to freeze, as my machine screeches and begins beeping like a bomb that is getting ready to blow. Like a crazy person, I punch the appropriate buttons and adjust the needle to quiet my nerves the machine.

Once calmed, I continued sewing, only to have it happen again and again. It was so worth it! I just love the way a bunch of these look piled in a basket.

You can find the complete tutorial here.