Yesterday I popped the mini quilt I made for an Instagram swap and a few extra goodies into the mail to start its long journey half way around the world. Now I'm really excited! I can't wait for my partner to get it! I hope she loves everything I made just for her after a close examination of her IG feed. I'm only going to show one of the extras because I don't want to spoil the surprise - not just for the mini quilt but also the mug rug that is so personalized the recipient likely would guess it's for her (although admittedly the chance she happens to check my blog is remote).
A lot of firsts went into this package - my first swap, my first hexies, my first open wide zippered pouch. I love this pouch and definitely recommend the tutorial. I had some trouble with tension on the canvas because of my diva of a sewing machine, but otherwise this pouch was a breeze.
I picked up the doggy canvas while in Barcelona in October, knowing it was perfect for my swap partner. I grabbed a vintage-looking floral from my stash for the inside, and stitched a hexie flower made with my favourite bunting fabric onto the front. I wish I put the flower up a bit higher, but it looks fine (and after the headache I had getting the tension right, I did not have the heart to try again after sewing the pouch together). Finally I dipped into my bead stash to make a zipper pull to finish off the pouch, which I stuffed with little goodies like chocolate, a pretty notepad and pencil. I definitely need to make some more of these, and already have some cute flannel in mind for little gifts for friends.
Now all there is to do is wait! I'm looking forward to seeing what my swap partner sends me, and super excited for my package to reach my partner's mailbox. Oh, I hope she loves everything as much as I enjoyed making it for her!