The next few posts are all about my Christmas Swaps that I didn't get around to sharing the time.
Santa Sack Swap
This swap is a big swap as it begins in the summer with everyone signing up and being paired off by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin
It's quite a big commitment as you need to make either a christmas sack, stocking or bag and 5 gifts for your partner.
This is the second year that I have taken part and this time I was partnered with Melanie from The Patchwork Robin.
Here are all the wonderful gifts that Melanie sent me.
My very own Santa Sack
I couldn't wait to open my sack and see what was inside
beautifully wrapped parcels
How cute is this little fellow.
A robin and heart hanger
A beautifully embroidered sewing case
look at all those lovely neat stitches
and inside, tissues, pins
and some new scissors
Downton Abbey fabric, the colours are wonderfully rich on these fabrics.
A wise and pretty owl to help keep my cutting table tidy!
Some gifts to help my inner (very well hidden) domestic goddess.
Far to pretty for my cooking so hung by the oven to add some festive cheer.
a fab festive snowman cake card
and lots of christmassy ribbons to add to my stash.
Here are all my gifts together
and to collage I posted on instagram at the time.
I have already thanked Melanie for all my gifts but I just wanted to say thank you for being a super swap partner and I promise no robins in the Send your Country Swap as we are partners again!!!
Here is what I made and sent to Melanie.
Does anyone else's crafting kind of evolve. I do find I start off with an idea then it sort of runs this way and that until I end up with the finished project which wasn't entirely what I was thinking off in the first place!! I'm not sure that sentence makes sense but basically this is what I eventually made....
I wanted to use the christmas robin fabric scraps that I had to make a sack but because I only had small pieces I decided to make a hexagons which eventually turned into a fabric panel for the front of this hessian sack.
I didn't want any of the robin fabric to go to waste so I made a tiny hexagon flower and turned it into a hanging tag for the sack. Not what I had initially set out to make but a much nicer end product.
This wreath was really simple to make and Mr Mad About Bags initially thought it was for our home but I sadly had to tell him "sorry no, its for Melanie"!! I didn't make the robin but swapped my sewing talents for someone else felting talents to get this little fellow. I did crochet the holly and tie the ribbon though!
I found the perfect robin themed cross stitch alphabet on eBay and teamed it with another cross alphabet I had to create this patchwork cushion using my christmas fabric scraps. I was really pleased with how this cushion turned out and was tempted to change my blog name to The Patchwork Robin and keep it (sorry Melanie it very nearly didn't make it into the sack).
I forgot to photograph everything else but luckily Melanie posted a photo on her blog.
As you can see lots of robin themed goodies
This is a brilliant swap, and although its a big commitment with quite a few makes its so rewarding both in the sending and the receiving. Keep yours eyes peeled for the sign up over on Cheryll's blog on June 1st.