Monday, November 21, 2011

Candy Cane Ornie Tutorial

 While in Wisconsin, I had a lot of time on my hands. My DH sleeps til 11 am or later and I get up at 5am with or without an alarm. So I found the nearest Wal-mart and purchased a few supplies to craft with in my spare time!
As you can see, I purchased small scissors, needles, thread, 1/2 yard muslin, 1/4 yard red fabric, and polyfill. I just drew a fat candy cane  on my folded muslin and cut it out.

Here are the 2 layers of muslin ready to be hand sewed together.
Below, I have 1/3 of the cane seam started. Leave the bottom edge open so you can stuff it later.
When you have completed sewing, clip the inner curved edge and outer curved edge being careful not to cut into your stitches.
Turn the cane and stuff with poly fill.  You can stuff it pretty tight or loose--your choice.  I stuffed mine pretty firmly. Then make a snip on the red fabric and tear off strips to wrap around the canes.

I inserted the red strip into the bottom when I whipped it close. You can just sew it on the bottom after closing the opening. Your choice. Remember, neatness is not that big of a deal--this is a primitive ornie!  Wrap the red strip around the cane and tuck in at the top. You can tack the strip down if you like.
And here you have it--a cute little ornie candy cane. I had planned on grubbying the canes when I got home but I think I like them bright and cheerful. Just paint with strong coffee and cinnamon if you want to make them look grubby. Then bake  to dry in a low temp oven.
Aren't these darling?  They will look so cute sitting in a red basket for the Christmas season!

Hope you had a crafty weekend as well!