How to Make Fabric Crackers
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How to Make Fabric Crackers

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Transform your Christmas table décor with handmade crackers! You’ll be able to make each one extra-special by recreating these fabric crackers, with a simple tutorial by Hobbycraft Artisan Stephanie Parker.

Created using the new and exclusive festive fat quarters from Joules, this is a great project for beginner sewers to make. The stunning set can be used to decorate your table year after year – just fill them with new contents each time, adding a handmade sweet treat or two along with your favourite jokes and fun facts.

Project and instructions by Hobbycraft Artisan Stephanie Parker.

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How to make

You will also need:

* A3 Paper

Step 1

Use two pieces of A3 card to create both templates for your crackers.

The first template should measure 31cm by 20.5cm; this will be for the body of the cracker. The second template should measure 11.5cm by 31cm, this will be for the ends of the cracker.

All seam allowances are included within the template measurements.

Step 2

Choose two contrasting fabrics, one fabric for the cracker body and one fabric to use for the ends.

Draw around the templates onto the chosen fabrics, being mindful of the direction of the print, once happy cut out the pattern piece using a sharp pair of fabric scissors.

Please note: You will need one piece for the body and two pieces for the cracker ends. 

Step 3

Take your main cracker body piece and position so it's facing pattern side up.

Next, take one of your cracker end pieces and place it pattern side down along one of the long edges of your cracker body piece, once again making sure to be mindful of the direction of the pattern on the fabric.

Pin together.

Step 4

Sew the pieces together using a 1cm seam allowance (3/8 inch), remembering to remove the pins as you go.

Step 5

Repeat steps three and four with the remaining cracker end piece on the opposite side.

Step 6

To help prevent the fabric fraying, use pinking shears and cut along the edge of the seams.

Once cut, press your seams open.

Step 7

Along one of the long edges create a double hem by folding the edge by 0.5mm and then fold again by 1cm. Sew hem using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

Step 8

Repeat on the opposite side. Before also hemming the two shorter sides in the same way.

Step 9

Place a cardboard tube in the centre. Fill with your treats and then roll your fabric around the tube.

Step 10

Secure ribbon on either side of where the tube sits by tying a knot, and finishing with a bow.

Step 11

Your crackers are then ready to be placed on your Christmas table.

How to Make Fabric Crackers

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