Fabric Christmas crackers

These gorgeous Christmas crackers in icy shades are a new take on traditional ones. Dress them up with a polymer clay disc slathered in silver leaf for an opulent finishing touch. This neat idea is a great introduction to working with metal leaf, which can be a little tricky to master, but persevere because the end result is well worth the effort.

You’ll need
    • Satin ribbon & ricrac
    • White polymer clay
    • Rubber stamps
    • Large 2cm circle and flower cutters
    • Acrylic rolling pin
    • Silver metal leaf
    • Scalpel
    • Double-sided tape
    • Cardboard tubes
    • Set square
    • Turquoise polyester
    • cotton fabric
    • Epoxy resin
    1. Cut two 5cm and one 7cm pieces from a cardboard tube. These will form your crackers. Cut a 17cm x 26cm fabric rectangle and press in a 1cm seam. Add a strip of doublesided tape to the pieces of tube, covering the width of each.

    2. Place the 7cm tube centrally on the end of the fabric; making sure that it sits flush to the material. Position the smaller cylinders either side allowing a 1cm gap between each one.

    3. Fix two lengths of tape to the fabric, one in the middle and one at the seam. Carefully roll the material around the tubes, keeping the fabric taut. Fold the seam over neatly, then add a central panel of purple floral fabric to the cracker.

    4. Roll a sheet of polymer clay 3mm thick. Lay over a sheet of silver leaf and gently press down with your finger. Push a rubber stamp firmly into the surface and trim out a disc.

    5. Make an assortment of medallions and bake them on a sheet of greaseproof paper following the manufacturer instructions. When cool, glue the trinkets to the crackers with epoxy resin to keep them firmly in place.