Candy Cane Fabric twine is perfect for adding a handmade touch to gift wrapping, team it with brown paper for an old fashioned retro look that Santa would be proud of.
The other day at the supermarket I noticed how similar the candy canes looked to my Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine, especially the sections with contrasting dark and white fabric.
So in the spirit of all things Christmassy, I decided to make some red and white fabric twine to look just like candy canes.
You can use any old red and white fabric scraps to make this candy stripe twine.
I’ve used some fabric remnants from my scrap bag and strips of old bed sheet.
Read on for Candy Cane Fabric Twine instructions
You will need:
- Red and white fabric or fabric scraps in assorted lengths
- Fabric Scissors – These are my favourite fabric scissors which I highly recommend.
How to make fabric twine:
1. Gather all your fabric,
2. Cut or tear fabric into 1″ wide strips.
3. Tie red and white fabric strips together with a small knot to get started.
Tip: It’s easier to use one long strip and one short strip to avoid tangles.
4. Start twisting – watch the video for instructions
Step 1: twist strip away from you
Step 2: pull that twisted strip over towards you
If you haven’t made fabric twine or fabric rope before I’ve made a video with easy to follow instructions for twisting and joining. You can also see step by step photos and handy hints in my original post – Scrapbusting: Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine
Once you are done, wind the candy cane twine onto a spool or piece of cardboard.
The twine looks very decorative wound up on a vintage wooden spool – You can purchase a similar vintage spool here
I had a play around wrapping a few parcels up with brown paper and handmade twine to see how they would look.
I love the chunky texture of the fabric against the smooth brown paper. The red and white really pop and there is no denying that the twine looks exactly like a candy cane.
I bet it would look great strung up to peg Christmas cards on, or even as a very simple garland around a small tree. So many great festive uses, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
If you like this idea go ahead and pin it! Together we can create a fabric twine revolution! (ha ha)
For more Gift Wrapping ideas, check out my Handmade Christmas Inspiration Guide
This post was originally published Dec 2014 – Republished with updates Nov 2020