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!

 

Ornaments for the Craft Show

I always have some ornaments left from the previous year, but I also like to add something new and to replenish things that sold well in the past.

5-DSCN7317Barbed Wire Star Ornament

I found a bundle of barbed wire during my cleaning spree this summer. Actually, I found more hanging on the pasture fence next to the barn, and more inside the barn. I only used one bundle, but they sold so well, I will definitely be saving the rest of the wire for more ornaments in the future.

Barbed wire isn’t the easiest stuff to work with, but once I found the right tool…a bolt cutter…it was a piece of cake.

1-DSCN7312Necktie Angels

I made one of these last year for a tutorial.

2-DSCN7313I didn’t have all the supplies I needed to make a lot for craft shows last year, so this year while junking I collected more ties and doilies to make a whole choir.

7-DSCN7321Salt Shaker Angels

I also made these salt shaker angels last year. They sold out. I didn’t think I had anymore shakers, but during my wonderful cleaning spree I found a box that I had stashed and forgot about. It was like opening a Christmas present in July. :)

8-DSCN7323Santa Belly Rings

This idea wasn’t mine. I found it while blog surfing one day, but I can’t remember where. My apologies to the original designer.

The idea stuck in my head when I saw it, but I’m sure my technique would make the designer cringe. I used what I had, which I am sure didn’t resemble much of the original “supplies needed” list. I had a bag with an assortment of rings. There were brass rings, shower rings, plastic rings and round frames. They were all different sizes and different thicknesses. I used a pipe cleaner for the belt and made buckles from clay.

9-DSCN7327Santa’s Union Suit

Also a hit last year. The flap on the back opens so that candy or a small gift can be tucked away inside. You can find my pattern and tutorial here.

Enjoy!

By the way, the craft show this past weekend was a success. I don’t have anymore shows planned before Christmas because of family things that may happen. They might not happen either, but because of the unknown I can’t commit to more shows this year. I am continuing to sell things locally so that I can still make what I normally do each year and to bring my inventory back down to a manageable size for storage. I guess if there’s a will there’s a way.

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!

Rats!!! New Bowl Fillers

1-DSCN6733Rats!!

Wow! Where has the summer gone? When the summer comes to an end I am usually knee deep in fall projects. While I am working on new projects, there doesn’t seem to be as many things finished as I like for this time of year. Since I just finished cleaning out the barn and got my youngest moved to college, I’ve decided to be happy with the things I have accomplished.

Inspiration for my rats came from a little adventure in the garage. While cleaning the barn I didn’t see one actual rat. I became rather adjusted to that fact. Then one of my sons saw a rat in the garage. Hmm…well, I do live in the country…Regardless, it is no longer there. Whew!!!

The rat was still on my mind when I grabbed my design book and started doodling. I haven’t worked up a tutorial yet, but I couldn’t wait to show off these creepy little critters. The tutorial will be coming soon.

3-DSCN6740The body is really just a cone I made with black fabric.

2-DSCN6736I stuffed the body and added a long tail. Check out that tail.

5-DSCN6745It came from this spool! I placed a ruler next to the spool so you could appreciate its size. I picked up this gargantuan spool of cording at a yard sale for less than a dollar. It looks like it will never run out!

4-DSCN6743The ears were a couple of ovals I cut from the same fabric as the body. I stitched around the edges to prevent too much fraying, but to still look primitive.

1-DSCN6733French knot eyes and whiskers finished it off.

Enjoy!

New Hearts In My Etsy Shop

Added a few new hearts to my Restyled Junk Etsy Shop.

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Chenille Hearts

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Quilt Hearts

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Ticking Hearts

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Painted Jean Hearts

Check out my Etsy Shop for the particulars.

Enjoy!