HOW TO MAKE… A CRACKER CUSHION
50cm (19¾") white calico fabric 50cm (19¾") patterned fabric 15cm (6") pink cotton fabric 85cm (335/ fusible web 65cm (255/ white felt 20cm (77/ pink jersey fabric 20 x 20cm (77/ x 77/ silver glitter fabric Small piece of yellow cotton fabric 400g soft toy stuffing Multi-coloured pom pom trim, 120cm (47¼") Pink ric rac, 120cm (47¼") 2cm pink ribbon, 150cm (591/ ") Yarn in pink, red and yellow Pom pom maker Matching sewing thread Tailor’s chalk This year, let Christmas fill every corner of your home. The festive season is a brilliant excuse to let your inner magpie fly and decorate your nest, and this oversized, over-the-top cracker cushion is a great place to start.
Pull out your jazziest fabrics and trimmings (hello pom poms and glittery stars) and give them pride of place on this playful accessory that’ll bring cheer to any home. Use it to fancy up a kids’ bedroom, or for lazing on while watching box sets and scoffing Christmas chocs.
Kirsty’s included details of how to make the bolster cushion insert, but if you prefer, buy a pre-made version and skip these steps.
To make the bolster cushion pad, cut a 42 x 62cm (16 x 243/ piece of calico for the main cushion panel and two 19cm (7 ") diameter circles for the cushion ends. Fold the main panel in half along the length with right sides (RS) together, aligning the raw edges. Sew the two short ends using a 1cm ( ") seam, leaving a 10cm (4") gap in the centre.
Pin one cushion end to one end of the loop of fabric, with RS together and aligning the raw edges. Sew, then repeat with the other cushion end.
Turn RS out, stuff the cushion through the gap left for turning, then slip stitch the gap closed.
To make the cover, cut one 42 x 62cm (16 x 243/ ") piece of patterned fabric, two 16 x 62cm (63/ x 243/ ") pieces of pink cotton fabric, and two 19 x 62cm (7 x 243/ ") pieces of pink jersey fabric. Back the patterned fabric and the pink cotton pieces with felt using fusible web, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Fold the long edges of the patterned and pink cotton pieces to the WS by 1cm ( ") and sew in place, as far away from the folded edge as possible.
Cut the length of ric rac in half. Pin each length to the RS of a long edge of the patterned fabric, 7cm (2 ") in from the edge, and sew.
Cut the length of pom pom trim in half. Pin each length along the wrong side (WS) of one long edge of a pink cotton piece and sew.
Using the templates on page 96, cut one large star and four small stars from the silver glitter fabric. Back the small stars with yellow fabric using fusible web and place to one side. Sew the large star onto the centre of the RS of the patterned fabric, using pink thread.
Place a piece of pink jersey fabric RS up, with the short edges at the top and bottom. Position one long edge of the patterned fabric so it slightly overlaps one long edge of the pink jersey, then repeat with a pink cotton piece along the remaining long edge. Pin and sew along the seams on the patterned fabric and pink cotton panels.
Repeat Step 9 along the remaining long edge of the patterned fabric, then fold the cracker along the length with RS together. Pin and sew along the long raw edge, using a 1cm ( ") seam, and going over the panel joins to strengthen them. Turn the cracker RS out and press.
Cut the ribbon in half along the length, then sew a small star onto each ribbon end. Using the yarn and the pom pom maker, make four pom poms. Sew one onto each ribbon end, just above the stars.
Stuff the cracker with the bolster cushion by pushing it through one open end. Tie a ribbon around either end of the cushion, using it to gather the pink jersey fabric and create the cracker shape, to finish.
Kirsty Hartley Kirsty, the designer behind Wild Things, creates outfits to inspire little adventurers and put imagination back into childhood. Her new book, Wild Things to Make, is available to buy through her website, and shows you how to make heirloom clothes and homeware. www.wildthingsdresses.com