I am super excited to share with you my first Christmas Decorations for the upcoming holiday season – Candy Christmas Decorations DIY. With some simple stitches and beautiful easy leather tassels, you will be wowing people with your holiday decorations this year.
Don’t be put off by the hand embroidery, I have chosen easy stitches to work with give great effects for these simple Scandinavian-inspired decorations. Personally, I love having a project to have on the go in front of some relaxing television or the latest audible book, and what’s better than a Christmas film to get you in the holiday spirit whilst you stitch away?
Grab the free template, some scraps of linen, some crochet thread or embroidery floss, and an embroidery hoop, and let’s get making your own DIY Christmas ornaments perfect for your Christmas tree this year. These fun ornaments are inspired by these candy decorations with a touch of personal interpretation, hand stitching is the perfect way to add candy inspired patterns to the candy Christmas decorations.
DIY Candy-themed Ornaments
Materials for Christmas Candy decorations
- Linen or scraps of fabric in Christmas Colors
- Thread such as crochet yarn or embroidery floss
- Free Template
- Taylors chalk
- Sharp needle
- Pair of scissors
- Animal stuffing (or very small fabric scraps)
- Scraps of leather
- Fabric tac glue
Using the template mark out on your fabric scraps (in my case leftover fabric from clothes making) the different ornament shapes. This demarks the area for hand stitching, you will need a seam allowance around each shape of approx 1/4″ (1/2cm).
If you have an embroidery hoop stretch your fabric out – this is a great way to gain an even tension when hand stitching. Some of my scraps are too small so don’t worry if you can’t quite manage this – just watch your tension!
Thread your needle, add a small knot and let’s get stitching. You can choose how you stitch each shape of candy. I have chosen to work with whip back stitches, french knots and clusters of running stitches.
To whip back stitch – Let’s start with the back stitch. To backstitch Insert the needle through to the right side, insert the needle back a short distance and bring the needle out the same distance to the left of where the thread emerges, and continue. To add the whipping bring your needle out above the stitch, then from below slide the needle under the same stitch (not catching any fabric), and continue, threading from below on the next stitch. Continue whipping along the line of the backstitch.
For french knots bring your needle through the right side of the fabric, wrap the thread around the needle three times then reinsert the needle back through pulling the yarn taught to form the french knot.
Once you used these different ways of making candy-inspired patterns on your fabric cut each ornament shape out, ensuring you add on your seam allowance.
Cut out a second piece of fabric the same size per Christmas ornament.
Place the pieces right sides facing each other, you may find your template useful as a guide for stitching. Machine stitch around, leaving a turning gap of 1″ (2.4=5cm). Cut notches into the seam allowances and trim any corners.
Turn right side out, ensuring you push all the corners out and stuff. Fold in the raw edges and hand stitch to close. Now you can see your sweet decorations taking shape.
Now let’s make the leather tassels. Cut a piece of leather 1 by 2″ approx, then cut slits into the leather stopping 1/4″ from the top edge. Add a piece of thread, fabric tac glue along the top and roll, hold with a clip until it has fully dried. Check out my how to make tassles post if you need further help.
Complete the decoration by adding a bead to your thread from the tassel, then sewing it onto the base of the candy Christmas decoration.
I am super delighted with how these rustic decorations have turned out, perfect for a themed rustic Christmas. The new ornaments look fabulous on my alternative Christmas tree this Christmas time.
I am sure you are not surprised to learn I have lots of DIY Christmas decorations, why not check them out and pin for later? With lots of holiday crafts to choose from treat yourself to new holiday decorations this year.
Today I am joining with lots of other bloggers who have been inspired by an image on Pinterest, who have put their own unique twist on for Christmas decorations.
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