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Joanna Marinez presents, Candy Cane Holders!

November 28, 2008

Please welcome my friend, Joanna and her fabulous idea for candy canes!

Candy Cane Holder

By Joanna Martinez


These are cute little Candy Cane Holders that you can use to decorate your tree, or give as a small gift to friends and loved ones.


Various long scraps of red fabrics

Various long scraps of white fabrics

Scraps for backing and front pocket

Scrap of thin batting


Candy Canes of course!

Make a Candy Cane piece of fabric


This is where you cut up perfectly good fabric to make a new piece of fabric!

  • Cut strips of red and white fabrics in various widths. I cut my strips at 1 inch and 1 ¼ inch.

  • Sew together using ¼ inch seams, alternating red and white fabrics until you have a new piece of fabric.

Make a Template

  • Place a real candy cane on a piece of paper and draw the outline.


  • Draw another line outside of first line, adding approx. ½ inch all around, except at the very bottom of the cane.


  • Cut out template.

Cut Layers

  • Using the template you made, draw pattern on the wrong side of the backing fabric. This is your sewing line. Add a generous allowance when you cut it out.


  • Using this backing fabric as a pattern, cut out matching pieces from your red/white stripe fabric and batting.

  • Cut one piece for the pocket. Use only the bottom half of your template, and fold your pocket fabric in half so the folded edge will be the top edge of the pocket.

Sew Candy Cane Holder together

  • Place your layers in the following order from the bottom up:

    1) Batting

    2) Red/white stripe

    3) Pocket

    4) Backing


  • Sew layers together following your drawn line, leaving an opening approx. 1 inch for turning. Make sure you back-tack at beginning and end of stitching.


  • Trim excess allowance to ¼ inch of sewing line.

  • Clip inside curves.

  • Turn your Candy Cane Holder right-side-out through the opening. This will be quite tight to turn, but hang in there – it WILL work! (You could always buy the larger size candy canes for your pattern. This will make the holder larger and give you more room when you turn.


  • Sew around entire candy cane through all layers approx. 1/8th inch from edge. Be sure to fold in opening and catch it with your stitching.


  • Put your real candy cane in the pocket. It will want to fall forward as it is top heavy, so…

  • Cut a piece of ribbon approx. 10 inches long and tie it in a bow, leaving a loop at one end.

  • Place loop under the ‘hook’ of both the real and fabric candy canes.


Cotton Spice Digital is HERE!!!!

November 7, 2008

I promised it was coming, and it is here 🙂 For now, I’ve simply made a page on the blog, there is a link to it at the top – Cotton Spice Digital – there is a freebie and some things for sale. I’ve started with Pretty Christmas 08 – Papers, elements and an alphabet! I’m almost done with my Autumn kit and it is gorgeous! Kind of backwards I know, but you have to design what you feel. And I felt Christmas first. 🙂

Please visit and see what you think. Take the freebie and enjoy it. I’d love to see what you do with it, or with the kits. If you make LO’s with my kits, I’ll share them here!

Happy Autumn!

Edited 11/09/08 – New freebie on the CSD page. A set of 20 brushes, Vintage Children’s Prayers…. Enjoy!

My new header!

September 30, 2008

What do you think? This is a small preview of Cotton Spice Digital and the things I’ll be making. Stay tuned for more news about more new  stuff 🙂

Answers to Digiscrapping questions

September 24, 2008

Someone asked me, maybe it was in an email as I don’t see it in the Comments – Where are you getting your formal training? I have the perfect answer for you… DigiDesign Academy! This is instruction for designers or wannabe designers (ME) 🙂 It’s comprehensive, interesting, and Sherah makes sure you know what you need to know in order to create a Great Digiscrap business. She is encouraging, fun and always excited about my new work, but at the same time, she’s very honest, so I can learn and make my ‘stuff’ better. I highly recommend studying with her. The website is brand new, but I’ve been studying with her for almost a month and it’s well worth every dime.

There are Great tutorials out there for digiscrappers, and here are some of my fav’s…

Digital Scrapbook Place tutorials


Just Mommies

That ought to get you started!

Digital Scrapbooking

September 23, 2008

Talk about a left turn in subject matter! 🙂 Ok, how many of you are digiscrappers? If you like Cotton Spice, you’ll love what’s coming up next!

I’ve been learning digiscrapping and learning to make my own kits – papers, elements, overlays etc… They will debut in Cotton Spice Creative. You’re the first to learn of this… I haven’t said much to anyone about what I’ve been doing, quietly in the background. Here are a few pages I’ve done –


This LO was created with  Katie Pertiet’s  “Botanist Exclusive” Kit That is a link to some of her work, I received this kit in the Sept issue of Scrappers Guide(i have two other grandsons, but they are in their teens, and I doubt very much they’d appreciate being grouped with the babies, or being called ‘sweetie’) 🙂


This was made from Backyard Playground by Lara’s Digi World. I made it for the SAS-y Layout Design Challenge going on this month at Stone Accent Studios. Do you remember this picture from the first issue of Cotton Spice? 🙂

But to see the papers etc that I’ve designed, well, you’ll have to wait for Cotton Spice Creative, which should be available in an entirely new venue within the next month. Are you curious? You’ll have to be patient!  ~a wink and a smile~

Note: I know they kind of lap over into the aisle on the side there… if it’s too distracting I’ll make them thumbnails. Let me know!