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ITH Candy Cane Holders

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Materials
  • Red, White, Green, Tan and Gold craft felt sheets, each sheet should make two candy cane holders.
  • 11” lengths of 1/8” ribbon in colors of your choice
  • ¼” and 3/8” ribbons in 10” lengths for bows
  • Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer 10” for each candy cane holder
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Seam Ripper
  • 6” Brach® Peppermint Candy Canes
  • Fork
  • ITH scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Embroidery Tape
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Hot glue gun

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The biggest challenge in making these ITH Candy Cane Holders was where to find the candy canes this time of year. Amazon was the answer. Making the tiny bows with a fork is easy and fun. I will show you how here in pictures, but if you need more assistance there are a number of videos on youtube that show you how. Just look up “making fork bows.” Cut your felt sheets in half lengthwise and cross wise to give you 4 rectangles from each sheet. The Christmas tree and Snowman have two colors each, the rest of the Candy Cane Holders are made with one color of felt. Let’s get started.


    Step 1:
    Hoop 2 layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer in your embroidery hoop; stitch the 1st color stop (CS) as a placement line for your felt.

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    Step 2:
    Spray adhesive on the back of a green felt rectangle and lay over the placement line; run CS 2 in a color to match the felt to tack it down.

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    Step 3:
    With small sharp ITH scissors trim the felt right up next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 4:
    Run CS 3 in white as a placement line for the snow.

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on white felt and lay over the placement line; run CS 4 in white to tack down the snow.

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    Step 6:
    Trim as close as possible to the tack down lines as you did the green.

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    Step 7:
    Follow the color chart to embroider the buttons and decorations on the tree and stop at the CS before the CS identified as a tack down; in this case CS 11.

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    Step 8:
    Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop; on the back of the work tape an 11” length of 1/8th” ribbon folded in half; use scotch tape to secure just above the embroidery having about ½” of the ribbon inside the tree; tape the edges of the ribbon to the hoop just so it will not move when you put the hoop back into your machine.

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    Step 9:
    Tape a piece of felt to the back of the embroidery covering the whole candy cane holder.

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    Step 10:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the tack down CS to stitch the back of the candy holder to the front.


    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop; trim the back felt next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 12:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the final color stops to stitch the borders and the “buttonholes” which the candy will go through.

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    Step 13:
    Use a seam ripper to open the buttonholes before you remove the project from the hoop.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the project from the hoop; trim away the excess stabilizer close to the project; be sure to not cut your ribbon; remove the remainder of the stabilizer by rubbing a cotton swab dipped in hot water around the satin borders.

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    Step 15:
    All the other ITH Candy Cane Holders are made in the same manner. All except the snowman use just one color of felt. Stitch each one placing the front felt with the 1st placement and tack down lines; following the color chart until the CS before the last tack down CS; place the ribbon and the back felt before stitching the last tack down CS; then stitch the borders.


    Step 16:
    Helpful hint: This project was stitched on a multi-needle machine. The hoops can be inserted into the machine from either direction. Placing a piece of embroidery tape on the hoop will remind you to always put the hoop in correctly after cutting the fabrics on a symmetrical design such as this Christmas Ornament.

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    Step 17:
    Many of these ITH Candy Cane Holders are embellished with a tiny bow. To make the bows you need a 4 pronged fork and about 10” of ribbon. Fold the ribbon over the fork having the back tail slightly longer than the front;

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    Step 18:
    Bring the back ribbon over the top of the front ribbon; insert between the middle prongs of the fork.

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    Step 19:
    Bring the ribbon you just inserted between the prongs back over the ribbons on the ribbons on the fork.
     


    Step 20:
    Tie the two ends of the ribbon together with a single knot; pull as tightly as you can on both ends.

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    Step 21:
    The bow on the back of the fork will now look like this.

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    Step 22:
    Slide the bow off the fork and trim the ends.

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    Step 23:
    Hot glue a bow to the top of the Ornament Candy Cane Holder and insert a candy cane; note I left the cellophane wrappers on the candy canes so they would not get fuzz on them from the felt.

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    Step 24:
    I did not put a ribbon on the second ornament candy cane holder, but you could place one at the top if desired.


    Step 25:
    Hot glue a bow to the snowman just a little way down under the mouth.

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    Step 26:
    Hot glue a bow over the holly leaves on the heart candy cane holder.


    Step 27:
    Hot glue a bow on the band of the top bell on the bells candy cane holder.


    Step 28:
    Hot glue a bow at the neck of the gingerbread man candy cane holder.

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    Step 29:
    Hot glue a bow in the center of the star candy cane holder.

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    Step 30:
    Make your Christmas and someone else’s merry and bright with the whole collection of ITH Candy Cane Holders.

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    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    muriel j Jul 02, 2016
    When cutting the button holes do you go through both layers of felt or just the top layer?
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    Joy W Jul 01, 2017
    Hi ... Looking at the Ginger Bread Candy Cane Holder you can see that the cut would have to go through all layers of material. Otherwise it wouldn't be able to go through at all as it goes behind the final satin stitching. The others are all in front of the final stitching so it wouldn't matter if you cut through all layers or just the top layer. But Pat does call it a "button hole" ... so I think I would treat it as such and make life simple for myself and cut through all layers .... Happy Christmas in July ... (Hope I'm not leading you up the Garden Path ... sorry if I am .. it's just the way I would do them ..)
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    Pat W Jul 03, 2017
    Yes you cut the buttonhole open through all layers, the stitching of the buttonhole is just a guide to let you know where to make the slit.
    Reply

    Pat W Jul 05, 2016
    Muriel, You open the buttonhole through both layers of fabric. I hope you have fun making these. Pat Williams
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    Veronica B Jul 05, 2016
    Hi Pat, How can I print the project details or even download the instructions, I have just purchased 8 designs. Veronica
    Reply
    Pat W Jul 06, 2016
    Please contact customer service through the Live Chat link at the top right of the page or call 1-866-451-3900 for assistance in getting a PDF of the instructions. Thanks!
    Reply
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