When I sign up for a swap I like to do a little stalking of blogs/IG and a lot of pinning on Pinterest, sometimes this is a good technique and sometimes it just leaves me more confused than when I started. My partner for the Stitching Santa Swap was Sally from Sew Sweet Sally
Now Sally sews the most amazing clothes and is one of the Minvera bloggers so I was a little daunted when I saw her name pop up in my swap partner email.
So I stalked a little, pinned a lot, chatted about it with my Sewing Box buddies and then generally did what I normally do - procrastinated until it was nearly time to panic!
It was during this time of procrastinating that I realised Sally had changed the name of her blog and IG feed to The Yorkshire Sewist and bingo, the perfect idea popped into my head.
An embroidery hoop with pockets
yo-yo's and buttons
and some free motion embroidery
Probably like most of you, I'm not very good at getting around to making things that might help with my sewing and I thought that Sally might be the same so I added a tailors ham, a large pincushion (I'm always losing pins) and a scissor fob.
I love that with this fabric I could pick out the sewing notions that I wanted.
I also included so pins (did I tell you I'm always losing pins) a jar of buttons, sewing themed ribbons and some extra fabric in case there was anything that Sally might need to make.
I've had these cute wooden spools in my sewing room for a while and hadn't though about using them for ribbons.
I had some button themed goodies in my swap gifts stash which i bought would be great for little extras.
And as Sally is a dressmaker I thought the book of the film The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet would be the ideal read
I really enjoyed putting this parcel together for Sally once I had got over my initial panic it all sort of fell into place.
Thank you to Sheila for organising the swap, it was great fun.