I had a couple of evenings this week when I couldn’t crack on with my quilting as I was waiting to buy some batting, I didn’t really want to start another big project, so I decided to make some Christmas cracker fillers.
I only learnt a couple of months ago that Christmas crackers are very much a British tradition, so for those of you not yet acquainted with pulling crackers… a cracker is a cardboard tube decorated with paper gathered in at each end, a bit like a sweet paper. Inside the tube is a little gift (usually laughably tacky in bought ones!) a silly joke, and a paper hat. You pull them apart with a friend, when it snaps there is a cracking sound. We usually have crackers on Christmas Day, opening them at the table.
They are fairly easy to make, then you can put what you like inside! I’ve got 14 to make so I have been saving kitchen rolls since the summer to make the inside tube! Any gift has to fit inside the tube, so it has to be small…
I saw the Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch on facebook first, it’s by Deby Coles from So Sew Easy, the pattern is available on Craftsy. I think it’s a free one, but don’t quote me on that one! It’s a great little pattern, very clear instructions with a video too if you need it.
I was amazed how quick they were to make, including choosing and cutting fabrics and sewing, together with unpicking the occasional mistake (Who Me!!) I could easily make one in about 40 minutes!
The main fabric pieces are only 3.5 x 5″ so they were made from my scrap drawers, I bought loads of zips last time I was at Denman college with the WI as they were selling them for about 20 pence each! They were ideal for this.
I found the quilting clips I bought recently very useful for this, around the zips there will be around 10 layers of fabric so it wouldn’t be easy to pin, but the clips worked brilliantly.
I’ve made five so far, another two to go so all the ladies have one, they just fit inside the tube, any extras like chocolates will have to go inside the purse! I’m still not sure what to make the menfolk, they may have to settle for something bought (but not tacky!!)
Linking up with Sew Can She for Show Off Saturday, why not have a look what everyone has been creating.