I joined the first edition of Sweet & Scrappy Swap on Flickr where we had to swap 50 charms plus a handmade pouch and a few notions. This was what I received from Jera - I love all the charms and have already started playing with some.
The pouch is also great because it stands all on it's own!
I also finished a swap item to be sent sometime in September. My partner in the Sew Sew Modern swap asked for a bag, and I've always loved Anna's bag patterns, so I treated myself and my partner to the 241 Tote.
I did want to make it extra special though by doing something more than just using a single piece of fabric for the front and back centre panels. So I pulled out my paper pieces and came up with this.
After I pieced the whole works together (wrong I might add - you'll see later), I was not so impressed with how the stars looked. There was a gray hexy in the centre and not a star as I had hoped. Plus I only managed to get three on for the most part because the way I pieced them together put more space between the stars.
So I tried again and pieced this together.
This was definitely centred, but I couldn't not use the other panel! It had taken me a while to get together, so I just used both. I'm sure my partner won't mind : )
I went with the pink glasses and an Architextures print for the sides and some Madrona Road for the strap.
I love how this turned out! I kinda want to keep it, but I guess that's the point of making a good swap item - it's usually something you want to keep yourself.