There will be a wait! You know the drill you go to a crowded mall at some point in December and there it is… the Santa line and whether it’s 9am or 9pm the line is mindbogglingly long. You can hear the other parents curse under their breath at the time of the wait and grumble when Santa needs a 10 minute break . Which is shocking only because unless you have a newborn in tow you should know Santa sitting is an all day event.
Kids whine, need to pee, need to eat, mess up their hair and inevitably want to reach out and ruin small parts of the carefully coiffed Santa land your local mall has worked so hard to put together. And at the end of it all what do you have to show for an entire day spent in line other than a bad $30 5×7 and aching feet…a candy cane of course! At least thats the way it used to be…I know, I know I am aging myself here but now they give out cardboard reindeer hats, or small plastic bouncy balls, but to me candy canes always remind me of a long day waiting for Santa. These felt candy canes are amazingly simple and in the time it takes to wait for Santa you could make 40 or 50 of them. Besides being an adorable addition to your felt food collection they also look stunning on a Christmas tree!
To make 3 You will need:
1 sheet white wool blend felt *
1 sheet lipstick or key lime colored felt (or really any color we have 130 to choose from)
White thread, colored thread to match the color of stripes
A dowel or pencil to help stuff the cane.
* Attempting to use acrylic felt will result in your stitches tearing
Cut 2 candy cane shapes from the white felt using the template below:
Sew along sides only using white thread and a whip stitch (shown here in purple for clarity.) You’ll want to leave both ends open for stuffing. The trick to making your cane look 3D is stuffing very tightly.
Stuff when you are satisfied with the look of your felt candy cane tuck cane tip inward and sew up.
Cut your stripe color from desired color of wool blend felt. Stripes should measure around 12″ long x 1/2 ” wide, if using 9″x 12″ squares of felt you will find these very easy to cut to the right dimensions. Wrap around your candy cane a few times until you get the spacing a look you want. Pin into place if needed.
Step 5: Using matching thread color sew stripe into place. And enjoy your candy cane while remembering all those long-suffering mall parents!
Andie & Sheila