Friday, August 25, 2006

Primitive Candy Corn + Instructions


With Summer coming to a close it's time to start working on some Fall craft items. I chose for my first new season project, prim fabric candy corn. I didn't have a pattern for this, but made one myself simply by drawing it out on a peice of 9 x 11 paper.

Instructions:

1. Draw a triangle, but instead of pointed corners, make them rounded. Make as large or as small as you'd like, keeping in mind, that the finished item will be smaller than the pattern you created by approximately 1/2 inch. My drawing is 6 1/2" long by 4" wide at the bottom. My finished candy corn is 6" by 3 1/2".

2. Trace your pattern on to piece of muslin fabric larger than the drawing of your pattern. I like to use an electric 'box' that has a lightbulb under it. I purchased mine at Joanne Fabrics. Plug it in, place your pattern on top, then your fabric. The light shines through the pattern allowing for much easier tracing. Trace the pattern onto the fabric using a Mark B Gone marking pen. You can purchase these also at Joanne Fabrics & Walmart.

3. The tracing line is your sewing line, sew all around, but leave an opening at the bottom of your fabric for stuffing. About one inch is good.

4. With your scissors, cut within a 1/4 inch of the sewing line, being careful not to cut into the sewing line itself. When you come to the opening that was left for stuffing - don't cut straight across - cut down about 1/4", then over the length of the opening, then back up to within a 1/4" making a 'tab'. I like to do this with all my 'openings' I think it makes for a cleaner finish.

5. Turn fabric right side out, tuck in the tab and stuff firmly with fiberfill. Slip stitch opening closed.

6. Now you're ready to paint with some acrylic paints! Paint the lower 1/3 of the candy corn with antique white. Paint the middle section with either gold ochre or raw sienna. Paint the top 1/3 section with terra cotta. Use a dry brush and blend the lines from the top color into the bottom color to blend so you won't have a harsh line.

7. Let air dry overnight or oven dry on the lowest temperature, watching carefully so it doesn't burn, turning over every few minutes.

8. When dry, lightly sand with fine sandpaper. With 2 strands of embroidery floss, sew X's across each 'line' as shown in photo.

9. Final step is to stain with a mixture of instant coffee & vanilla. I mix approximately 1 cup of hot water with 3-4 T. of instant coffee and add 2-3 T. of vanilla. Mix well. I brush the liquid on both sides & then air dry. Again, you can oven dry, but be careful your candy corn doesn't burn!!

If you'd like your candy corn to look really prim - while still damp with the coffee mixture, generously rub in ground cinnamon and let dry.

Neenee, owner of www.kklprimitives.com

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