Easy Candy Cane Sewing Guide – Step by Step

Last Updated on November 25, 2023

‘Tis the season for creative projects, and today we have a delightful one for you – fabric candy canes! Teresia from The Sewing Stuffs is here to guide us through the steps of making these whimsical candy canes that go beyond the traditional red-and-white design.

Easy Candy Cane Sewing Guide


  • Create whimsical fabric candy canes with a unique pattern for festive charm.
  • Use cotton woven fabrics for a traditional feel or get creative with your material choices.
  • Pay attention to small details like clipping curves for a smooth, rounded finish.
  • Add a touch of holiday scent by stuffing with polyfiber fill and consider incorporating loops for easy hanging.
  • Explore various uses for your fabric candy canes, from tree decorations to thoughtful gift embellishments.

These fabric candy canes are ideal for decorating a tree, adding a festive touch to your home, or seeking for a unique present idea.

Candy Cane Sewing Guide – Step by Step

Candy Cane Sewing Guide

Make fabric candy canes by sewing two fabric pieces together, stuffing with filling, and adding optional hanging loops. Get creative with festive fabrics for charming holiday decorations or gifts.

So, let’s dive into the candy cane sewing guide!

Materials Needed

  • Candy Cane Pattern (available in the link in the description)
  • Fabric of your choice (cotton woven fabrics are recommended)
  • Polyfiber fill
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Optional: Embroidery floss or thread for creating loops

Step 1: Choosing and Cutting the Fabric

Choosing and Cutting the Fabric
Choosing and Cutting the Fabric

Start by selecting the fabric for your candy canes. Chelsea recommends using cotton woven fabrics, but the choice is yours.

The candy cane pattern, available through the provided link, adds a touch of whimsy to the traditional design.

Cut two mirrored pieces of fabric, ensuring the fabric’s direction can be adjusted for different looks.

Step 2: Sewing the Candy Cane

Sewing the Candy Cane
Sewing the Candy Cane

Place the fabric pieces on the right sides together and pin them in place. Leave a small opening on one straight side, approximately 2 inches.

Sew around the candy cane, backstitching at the beginning to secure the stitches. Chelsea suggests using a 1/4-inch seam allowance for a better result.

Step 3: Clipping and Turning

Clipping and Turning
Clipping and Turning

To ensure a smooth and rounded appearance, carefully clip the sharp edges of the candy cane and make small cuts along the curves.

This step allows the fabric to lay flat when turned inside out. Turn the candy cane right side out, using a paintbrush or a similar tool to push out the edges.

Step 4: Stuffing the Candy Cane

Stuffing the Candy Cane
Stuffing the Candy Cane

Add a festive touch by stuffing the candy cane with polyfiber fill through the opening. Use a paintbrush to guide the fill into the tight spaces, creating a well-rounded shape.

Be mindful not to overstuff, which may make closing the opening more challenging.

Step 5: Closing the Opening

Closing the Opening
Closing the Opening

Pin the opening closed and use a needle and thread to stitch it shut. Chelsea recommends using a slip stitch for a less noticeable finish.

Tie off the thread securely; your candy cane is now ready to spread holiday cheer!

Optional: Adding a Loop

Adding a Loop
Adding a Loop

You can add a loop to your candy cane using embroidery floss or doubled-up regular thread for an extra decorative element. Attach the loop to the top of the candy cane, and you can hang it as an ornament.


Now that you’ve mastered the art of crafting fabric candy canes, the possibilities are endless.

These funny candy canes will make you smile and feel festive whether you use them as decorations for your home, on your tree, or as gifts for loved ones.

Share your creations and let us know how you plan to use your fabric candy canes in the comments below.

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