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Make a Festive Giant Candy Cane Pillow for Christmas

If you’re in need of a festive holiday project, we’ve got you covered! This oversized candy cane pillow is easy to make and adds a whimsical vibe to your Christmas decor.

DIY Large Candy Cane Pillow

Our contributor Kara has officially entered holiday candy land heaven! I love this project she thought up and created for our Lovely Indeed readers.

I love swapping out my throw pillows for holiday themed ones. It’s an easy way to add some extra holiday touches to your sofa or bed.

In the past, I’ve been tempted by the standard square throw pillows at Target (TBH, they’re usually pretty cute!). But this year I decided to make a few of my own shaped pillows to add to the mix.

This DIY large candy cane pillow might just be my favorite though! I mean how fun would this be on your couch to snuggle up with and watch Christmas movies?

And because of the shape of it, it is almost like a body pillow with a built in neck pillow. It’s just the best!

Psst — before we dive into the tutorial, be sure to sign up below for my VIP group so that I can send more of my very best holiday ideas and DIYs straight to ya.

DIY Large Candy Cane Pillow

More Holiday Ideas to Try

We have a whole library of fun holiday DIYs to try! I love creating DIY ideas around Christmas that can become family heirlooms to pass down over generations.

Here are a few of my favorites, gathered just for you! Be sure to pin your favorites so that you can find them again easily.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 1 Yard of red felt (I went for the glitter felt for mine)
  • 1 Yard of white felt (again the glitter felt is optional)
  • Sewing machine, needles, pins, thread, and scissors
  • 1 box Polyfill stuffing
  • Sharpie or other marker
DIY Large Candy Cane Pillow

How To Make a Candy Cane Pillow

Make Time: 1 Hour

  1. Lay out your red felt and your white felt on top of each other and cut 6″ strips from the felt at a diagonal. I just eyeballed this and cut it free hand. But you can also use a ruler and a maker to draw your diagonal lines and then cut.
  2. Now you will sew your red and white pieces together alternating the red and white strips. You will want to create two striped panels that are apps. 3′ long each.
  3. Use your marker to sketch out your candy cane shape on the back of one panel of striped felt. Again I free handed it but made sure to keep the width of my candy cane about 8-9″ all the way through so that when it is sewn up and stuffed it didn’t become too thin. As you can see below, I had to re-draw my lines a few times to make sure the candy cane was wide enough, but since the felt is very thick the marker doesn’t show through.
  4. Pin your two panels together along the drawn on candy cane lines (with the right sides facing in). Then sew along the sketched line all the way around the candy cane leaving about a 5′ opening on the bottom.
  5. Trim away the excess fabric and then turn the candy cane right side out through the opening and stuff with the polyfil. Begin with the curve and make sure that it well filled before moving onto the straight part of the candy cane.
  6. Once stuffed, pin the opening closed and sew along the opening to close it.
DIY Large Candy Cane Pillow

Ta-da! isn’t it a beauty?! I think you’ll find that this is a great Beginner to Intermediate sewing project with a majorly fun payoff.

The pillow comes together quickly and makes a big, colorful impact.

And how cute would it be to make a few smaller candy cane pillows to accompany this big one? They’d make perfect handmade holiday gifts — totally unique and very, very festive. xoxo

DIY Large Candy Cane Pillow

Giant Candy Cane Pillow

Yield: Candy Cane Pillow
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $30

If you're in need of a festive holiday project, we've got you covered! This oversized candy cane pillow is easy to make and adds a whimsical vibe to your Christmas decor.

Materials

  • 1 Yard of red felt (I went for the glitter felt for mine)
  • 1 Yard of white felt (again the glitter felt is optional)
  • Sharpie or other marker
  • 1 box Polyfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine, needles, pins, thread, and scissors

Instructions

  1. Lay out your red felt and your white felt on top of each other and cut 6" strips from the felt at a diagonal. I just eyeballed this and cut it free hand. But you can also use a ruler and a maker to draw your diagonal lines and then cut.
  2. Now you will sew your red and white pieces together alternating the red and white strips. You will want to create two striped panels that are apps. 3' long each.
  3. Use your marker to sketch out your candy cane shape on the back of one panel of striped felt. Again I free handed it but made sure to keep the width of my candy cane about 8-9" all the way through so that when it is sewn up and stuffed it didn't become too thin. As you can see below, I had to re-draw my lines a few times to make sure the candy cane was wide enough, but since the felt is very thick the marker doesn't show through.
  4. Pin your two panels together along the drawn on candy cane lines (with the right sides facing in). Then sew along the sketched line all the way around the candy cane leaving about a 5' opening on the bottom.
  5. Trim away the excess fabric and then turn the candy cane right side out through the opening and stuff with the polyfil. Begin with the curve and make sure that it well filled before moving onto the straight part of the candy cane.
  6. Once stuffed, pin the opening closed and sew along the opening to close it.

Notes

I think you'll find that this is a great Beginner to Intermediate sewing project with a majorly fun payoff.

The pillow comes together quickly and makes a big, colorful impact.

And how cute would it be to make a few smaller candy cane pillows to accompany this big one? They'd make perfect handmade holiday gifts -- totally unique and very, very festive. xoxo

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