These are a quick and easy sewing project - perfect for people just learning to sew, or for when you want a little "extra" to tie onto a gift or slip into a Christmas card.
To make the candy canes you will need:
- the template sheet at the bottom of this post
- scissors to cut out the templates
- sharp sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
- white felt
- red felt (I used "ruby red" from the felt range I sell in my shops)
- red sewing thread
- a needle and pins
- narrow red or white ribbon
1) Use the templates provided to cut out all the pieces, pinning or holding the templates against the felt as you cut round them. You will need two white candy cane shapes, and 5 red shapes A-E for each candy cane you want to make. The templates provided are for a candy cane facing to the right - to make candy canes facing left, just flip the templates over.
2) Starting with piece A, sew the red felt shapes onto one of the white candy cane shapes making sure to space them evenly. Use red sewing thread and sew a couple of small stitches along each of the "inside" straight edges as pictured. Finish your stitching at the back.
3) Turn the decorated candy cane over. Now cut a length of red or white ribbon, approx 4 or 5 inches (10 or 12 cms). Fold the ribbon over to form a loop and sew it onto the top of the candy cane.
If you can do this without sewing through the felt completely (i.e. without your stitches sewing through at the front of the ornament) then it's okay to use red thread, but if you prefer to stitch right the way through the felt use white thread and make sure to position the ribbon behind of the white stripes.
4) Place the remaining remaining plain white candy cane shape on the back of the ornament, and pin or hold the pieces together. Sew around the edge of the ornament using red thread and running stitch, sewing both layers of the ornament together and creating a decorative line around the edge. Finish your stitching as neatly as possible at the back.
The back of your candy canes will look like this:
If you prefer, you can use red felt instead of white for the backing so your stitching and finishing will be hidden.
To print the templates - right click on the image and select to view it in another window or tab, then click again (if necessary) to view full size and print at 100%. I've added a scale so you can check if your templates have printed out correctly, but you can make them larger or smaller than mine if you prefer :)
This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many ornaments as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!
Fancy sewing some more easy felt ornaments? Try these heart and star ornaments.
For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.