Giant Candy Cane Pillow - Body Pillow

Categories: Kid Friendly, Pillow, Holiday, Winter

I made this body pillow with Christmas in mind, but my kids love it so much that I know we’ll be using it all year.  The love being able to have their head on the hook and their feet on the rest. I used Chevron Cuddle® in Red and Snow available here or hereCuddle® fabrics come 60″ wide, which is important for this project to get enough width for the hook part.

What you need to make this project

Materials
2 yards - 60" wideChevron Cuddle® Fabric or other Cuddle® print
Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill 10 pound Box
Coordinating Thread
Supplies
Sewing Machine and related supplies
Pins
Marker
Needle for Hand Sewing
Fabric Scissors

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Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill 10 pound Box

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Price: $64.99

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Instructions

Step One

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Step Two

Start out by folding your Cuddle® fabric in half, matching selvage edges and making sure RIGHT sides are TOGETHER.  Draw your Candy Cane shape.  I drew mine first with a light ball-point pen.  Then when I was satisfied I had the shape right, I went over it with a marker.  To get the shape right, start by making a full half-circle for the top of the candy cane, so that it takes the whole width of the fabric, but keeping a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the selvage edge.  (You can get closer than 1/2 an inch on the fold side because we will sew BEFORE we cut it out and just won’t trim that part.  You want the candy cane to look “fat” when it’s drawn out because stuffing it will make it appear slimmer when viewed from above.

Thoroughly pin every 2-3 inches along your sew line.  Leave an opening big enough for your hand at the base of the candy cane.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

I especially love the extra long pins from Dritz for this.

NOTE: The inside curve of the hook is actually quite small, this is because that curve will actually get bigger when the seam allowance is taken into effect as well as the visible effect of stuffing it.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Step Three

Using an even feed foot or built-in even feed on your machine, stitch along the line you drew, being sure to leave an opening at the base of your candy cane.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Step Four

Trim around the outside of your candy cane about 1/2 from the seam.  Thoroughly clip the inside curve of the candy cane WITHOUT cutting your thread.  This will allow the curve to stretch.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Step Five

Turn your candy cane inside out and stuff with plenty of Poly-Fil® Fiber Fill.  It’s especially important to fill the candy cane thoroughly, starting in the hook and then moving farther down the candy cane as it fills up.  If the candy cane is not firmly filled up, you’ll find that as you use the pillow, it will develop gaps.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Stitch your opening closed with a needle and thread.

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

Step Six

And in under and hour, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new pillow and all it’s possibilities…

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle

DIY Candy Cane Body Pillow with Shannon Cuddle