The Contemporary Handmade Alliance (a fantastic Australian contemporary crafting community) recently hosted a craft swap, which I thought would be fun to give a go. It’s my first craft swap, and the first time I’ve made something for a complete stranger – I was really nervous, and my perfect-induced craft paralysis made an appearance, but I was committed so I had to go on…
One of the rules of the craft swap was that it had to be for the person and not their kids, which presented me with a bit of a challenge. In this environmentally-aware age, I thought you can’t have too many reusable shopping bags. To make things difficult for myself, I also decided it had to be reversible. I came across this tutorial on Crafster, and thought it was just the thing.
I then hunted through my stash for the right fabrics – it was a great project to use up some of the leftover material from the curtains I’ve made and leftover from a Buttercup bag (ok, I had more leftover fabric than I actually used for that bag). Here’s how it turned out:
And here are the lovely gifts I received in return, from Steph from MooBear Designs (she makes adorable re-fashioned kids clothes, based on her daughter’s drawings):
The purse was made with a doily that was her Grandmother’s and the flower has a pin attached. I’m going to use it was a brooch on my denim jacket. It was so nice receiving a little gift like this in the mail. Looks like I may become an avid craft-swapper!