Sunday, 3 November 2013

It's Cracker Swap time.......

Last year I organised a Christmas cracker swap where you had to fill a kitchen roll with goodies and then wrap it in Christmas fabric, tie the ends with ribbon and then send if off to your swap partner.

I borrowed this image from Bea (hope you don't mind Bea?) who was one of my swap partners from last year and this was her cracker to me, I still can't figure out how she managed to squeeze all that lot into one kitchen roll.

And this is what it looked like when it arrived. 

You can read all about it here and see the photos from the Flickr group here

  SO, would any of you be interested in doing it all again this year?

If you would then leave a comment below letting me know if you would like to post to the UK only or if you would be prepared to post worldwide. 
Please feel free to share the cracker swap on your blog and add the cracker swap picture to your sidebar. 

If you are new to this swap or just need a gentle reminder here are the rules -

This will be a nice simple swap because I know that lots of you will be busy making gifts for family and friends or getting your makes ready for all those wonderful craft events that take place before Christmas.

How it works


Each of us will be making a fabric Christmas Cracker filled with goodies 

1) Take a kitchen roll tube (much roomier and nicer than a toilet roll!)

2) Fill your tube with goodies (you're be surprised how much you can fit in!) I think it would be great to include your favourite Christmas joke or recipe!

3) Wrap you filled tube in some lovely Christmassy fabric and tie the ends with ribbon

4) Send your completed fabric Christmas cracker on it's merry way to your swap partner

5) Receive a gorgeous fabric Christmas cracker stuffed with goodies and a lovely piece of fabric too!


Suggestions to fill your kitchen roll

sewing and crafting goodies in the way of buttons, ribbons and threads, needles and pins, stickers, beads, charms and lots more

Christmas chocolates, sweets etc

pampering goodies like nail varnishes, bath bombs, soaps etc

something handmade (as long as it fits in the tube! Although it could also be wrapped around the tube underneath the fabric too!)

key rings, brooches, earrings etc

A favourite Christmas joke

A favourite Christmas recipe



This swap is open to UK and overseas bloggers - please state whether you prefer UK or overseas

You don't have to have a blog to sign up but if you don't then I do need a contact email from you

Sign up before the 10th of November - I will then partner every one up and post partner detail with links/emails on the 11th November.

Last posting date for your Christmas cracker will be 16th December (before if you are posting overseas) - if for any reason you can't make that deadline please let your partner know. 

Blog about what you receive and what you have sent so we can all see your wonderful goodies.
I will set up a flicker group and post the link when I have partnered everyone up.

Right, I think that's everything, if you have any problems during the swap then please let me know, but bear in mind that I am only the organiser of this swap it is up to you and your partner to swap details, likes and dislikes etc and to arrange a time to swap (by the deadline hopefully). I do understand that sometimes things happen and if for whatever reason you can't take part in the swap and need to pull out then please let me and your partner know, it's so disappointing not to receive anything!

So if after reading the rules you would like to take part then leave a comment below,  if you don't have a blog you can still take part but I will need your email address and contact details. You have until the 10th November to join and I will then pair everyone up and post details of the swap partners on the 11th November with a posting date of the 16th of December for your crackers! 

Lets go Crackers!!!


  1. I am in with a grin. :) quite happy to post worldwide.

  2. Count me in, I love to swap, I am happy to send anywhere. ;-)

  3. OOOH, I've been waiting for this, yes, please count me in, happy to post anywhere xx

  4. It was a lovely swap last year - I would like to join please, happy to post anywhere

  5. Hi, just catching up with some blogs and looking at your blog list, there is a link to a blog - erm, it's called Made with Love , just wondering if it should be there?
    Jo - (was sykesssillysite now Solstice Days)

  6. Ooh yes please I would love to take part! Happy to post anywhere. Sue x

  7. Thank you for organising this. I really enjoyed this swap last year and would love to do this again. UK only please.
    Jille x

  8. Yes please Tracy I'd love to do it again this year. As I'm in Spain I certainly don't mind posting worldwide!!!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  9. Dear Tracy
    Please count me in - I loved this swap last year and the material wrapping the cracker inspired me to make Christmas Bunting (I have since gone slightly bunting crazy!) It's a great swap! I'm happy to post anywhere.
    Best wishes (looking forward to it already!)

  10. Hi there Tracy, I'd love to join in please! Thoroughly enjoyed last years cracker swap. UK only preferred please if that's ok. Thanks for organising it!

    BH xx

  11. Oh this sounds wonderful. I'd love to join in please. Would love to swap anywhere in the world.

  12. Count me in please. Looks like a great swap. UK only if possible. x

  13. Hi This sounds like such a fun swap so I would love to join in. I am in South Africa so would have to partner with someone world wide!

  14. Yes please..... uk only please SueXx

  15. Oh I would love to join in too!! I am in New Zealand and happy to post world wide!!

  16. Ooh yes please, this sounds like a fun swap, please count me in and I'm happy to post worldwide. Have a lovely weekend xx

  17. Hello, I was looking for a fun Christmas swap, so count me in please. UK only - thank you xx


I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on my blog and I will try to answer as many as I can. thanks Tracy

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