- Follow the swap mama rules. That's pretty easy. Check in. Make mosaics. Cooperate. Ship on time. All that. I confess I totally forgot to make a mosaic for one of my swaps. Felt like such a dork. But I quickly e-mailed my swap mama, apologized, and posted a mosaic.
- Make something awesome. Like seriously awesome. Something you would be really excited to receive.
- Please please please use fabrics and colors your partner likes. This sometimes means buying some new fabric (unless it's a "sew from your stash" swap). That's okay. You want them thrilled, not disappointed.
That's it. Those are my personal rules for the swaps.
And y'all, I rocked this one.
My partner is a fan of the Elizabeth line from Tula Pink. She didn't specify what she'd like to receive, but I've always wanted to make this bag from By Annie. It's called the Everything In Its Place bag and it's some kind of awesome. It might very well replace my Sew Together Bag. It can hold SO MUCH more!
I waited until the class at Craftsy went on sale ($19.99), which would have been the cost of the two patterns alone, so it was totally worth it. And you need the class. This is a challenging bag, with some complicated components (gusseted vinyl, a stabilizer sleeve, a billion zippers), and the videos just help. Promise.
So, what do you think? Will she be thrilled?
I even added a little teapot zipper charm, since she's English. And it's ELIZABETH.
I'm thinking I'll make myself a few patchwork ones. Or ten. And give away half of them! If you decide to give this bag a go, I've got some pointers myself for it. Might just include it in my Tutorials up there.
Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. Making slow progress these days.