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DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers

DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers

For week three of the Sew Early for Christmas Blog Hop, it was Joy over at Days Filled with Joy whose turn it was to share a tutorial to help you get an early start on your holiday gift and home decor making. Her Fabric Christmas Crackers are a super simple and easy sewing project.

These DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers would be a great first sewing project for a beginner sewist. Two hems, one seam and they’re done.

They’d also be a super quick project to make if you’re hosting a Christmas party and want something different and a little more eco-friendly than traditional Christmas crackers.

So head on over to Joy’s blog for the Fabric Christmas Crackers Tutorial and then pop back here because I’m going to show you some fun ideas for fillers.

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DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers Fillers

Before we get to the Christmas Crackers Fillers, I thought I’d share a quick tip.

After sewing the Christmas Crackers you’re going to want to give them a quick press before inserting the paper tube. One of my favorite and handiest of pressing tools is a Dritz sleeve pressing roll but it’s too big to be any use for pressing small tubes like these.

A simple solution though is to roll up a facecloth and insert it into the tube as pictured below.

Photo demonstrating the use of a rolled up facecloth as a pressing ham

This easy do-it-yourself pressing roll can be used to press the seam open before turning the Fabric Christmas Cracker tube right side out and then reinserted to smooth out any wrinkles created when turning the tube.

Once you’ve got it pressed, it’s time to insert the paper tube and fill it.

Candy is the first thing that came to my mind when choosing inexpensive fillers. Packages of Jelly Bellies fit perfectly when folded in half lengthwise.

Jelly Belly fillers for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Regular sized candy bars are also the perfect fit.

Candy bar filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Now you may want to go with something handmade, like these chocolate dipped pretzels.

Chocolate covered pretzels as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Or you could buy sweets in bulk in seasonal colors such as these soft raspberry gummies.

Small bags of red candy as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Or if you want to really impress your guests, stop by your local chocolate shop and pick up a selection of truffles.

Wilton pretzel bags work well to package the candy and chocolates.

And if you just happen to have one or two extra truffles left over, no one but you will know if you treat yourself while filling the Fabric Christmas Crackers. 🙂

Chocolate truffles as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Having all your girlfriends over for a pre-Christmas brunch… add some bling to the crackers along with the chocolate truffles.

Jewelry as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Wouldn’t this also be an elegant way to wrap a gift of jewelry for a special someone!

Bracelet on top of Fabric Christmas Cracker

If you’ve got children coming over that you want to give a small gift to, dinky cars drive right in. The Christmas Cracker can be used for a temporary parking garage while they’re visiting.

Dinky car as filler for the Fabric Christmas Crackers

And children of all ages will love these bubble wands.

If you ever want to see a bunch of adults rediscover their inner child, give them a bubble wand and watch what happens. 🙂

Bubbles wands as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Looking for fun teacher gifts that you know will get used and not stuck on a shelf somewhere to gather dust?

Purchase a package of multi-color pens or sharpies, tie a ribbon around them to hold them together and slip them into a Christmas cracker.

Pens and Markers to fill Larger Fabric Christmas Crackers

As you can see from the photo above, these Fabric Christmas Crackers needed to be longer so that the pens and sharpies would fit.

For the tube inserts, measure and then cut a paper towel tube in half.

Measuring and cutting paper towel tube to make Fabric Christmas Crackers

Draw line all the way around the halfway mark

The cut tubes are about 2 inches longer than the toilet paper tubes used for the other Christmas crackers and slightly bigger around which meant that the fabric needed to be cut at 6¼” X 12″ instead of the 6″ X 10″ that was used for other Fabric Christmas Crackers. (As Joy mentions in her tutorial, be sure to measure whatever paper tubes you’re using, then cut your fabric accordingly.)

Size comparison between toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls

If you’re having a dinner party where there will be after dinner drinks, sew up a bunch of matching Fabric Christmas Crackers and insert a miniature bottle of Baileys into each. (You can go back to using the toilet paper tubes for these ones.)

Miniature Bailey's as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

Even the slightly taller miniature bottles of Kahlua fit inside.

Miniature Kahlua as filler for Fabric Christmas Crackers

I hope this has given you lots of ideas for fillers.

So start collecting toilet paper and paper towel rolls to make these easy sew DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers.

You may even want to collect a whole bunch of toilet paper rolls so you can also make Christmas Party Favors filled with leftover Halloween candy.

Have you ever made your own Christmas crackers? What did you fill them with?

You won’t want to miss the other three Sew Early for Christmas tutorials:

On Monday, July 9th, I showed you how to make a Quilted Christmas Wreath Pillow Cover.

Pam from Threading My Way posted her Drawstring Gift Bag with Divider ~ Nail Polish Bag ~Tutorial on July 16th.

If you want to see my versions of Pam’s tutorial click through for helpful hints and lots of suggestions for what to fill the Drawstring Gift Bags with.

And then on the 30th of July, Dione over at Clever Chameleon Quilting shared her Snow Globe Coaster Tutorial.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Fabric Christmas Crackers Filler Idea - Bubble Wands

 

10 Comments

  • Rachel
    August 23, 2018 3:25 am

    That’s a charming idea!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 23, 2018 9:52 am

      Thank you Rachel! I can see a lot more sewing of these for Christmas this year.

  • Pam @Threading My Way
    August 23, 2018 6:06 am

    Lots of fabulous ideas for filling Christmas crackers, Susan. I especially like the Bailey’s and jewellery ideas.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 23, 2018 9:54 am

      Thank you Pam!

      Hubby thinks we should do the miniature Bailey’s in Christmas Crackers as small gifts to give to co-workers before they break for Christmas so I’m going to be making lots more of these. 🙂

  • Pam
    August 24, 2018 12:25 pm

    I love these so much! I’ve made them with gift wrapping paper before, and have planned to make them for my bog. (Great minds must think alike!) I like how you used fabric for them. I popped over here from Home Matters at Life with Lorelai. Thanks for sharing!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      August 26, 2018 2:45 pm

      Thanks so much Pam for visiting and for your sweet comment!

  • rascassepoule
    August 30, 2018 2:05 am

    c’est déjà un cadeau fait mains en soi; merci pour cette idée sympathique

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 1, 2018 2:48 pm

      Merci beaucoup, Rascassepoule!

  • Joy
    August 30, 2018 8:04 pm

    Those are fantastic filler ideas! I love all the fabrics you chose to make the various crackers too 🙂 Oh and great idea to use a washcloth to press them – mine didn’t need pressing, but if they do in future, I’ll know what to do! Thanks so much for sharing! Xx

  • Tina Peterson
    September 1, 2018 11:47 pm

    What a great idea!! And thanks for sharing ideas for fillers. You mentioned “other Crackers”. Is there a link to show what you did for those? Thanks for showing what to do w the paper tubes. I was thinking I’d miss read till I saw it

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