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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Paper Bag Swap Reveal.

Hello,

I have been involved with a "Paper Bag Swap" with Anita. This was our stitching challenge for this month. In the bag we had to include one fat quarter, a metre of trim and five buttons. You could include something extra as well if you wanted to. Anita threw in a few more buttons and another fat quarter. I managed to make four items out of the paper bag contents.
First I made this Natalie Bird embroidered wall hanging called "Loving Home" I used some of the pink beads in place of the embroidered flowers in the top block. The bottom block I used one of the buttons instead of the flower.

The next item I made was a knitting bag. Anita does a fair amount of knitting so I think this will be useful for her. Plus she can hide her chocolates in here. I used Joy's Toiletry Bag Pattern. I just added 3 more of the strips to the main part. I used a 20 inch zip. Thanks to Lyn who kindly helped me via email about the average measurement of knitting needles.


I still had a few pieces of material left over so I made a pincushion,using one of the buttons. I stuffed this with leftover wadding. There were two strips of material left in both colours so I made a book mark. I used four of the beads on some elastic and another button were attached.
I have never been involved in a paper bag swap before so this was a great way to see if I could do it. I was amazed what could be done with only a few items. I can't wait to see what Anita makes for me.
Happy days.
Bev C


11 comments:

Mitzi Curi said...

Lovely creations, as usual, Bev! I have no idea what a paper bag swap is.....I've never participated in any kind of swap, but I'm thinking I need to get with the program and find my niche so a swap could be in my future! I also love the pictures of your river, the fountains are very unusual. Love the old four mill too.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Bev, you are one talented woman! Anita will be thrilled!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

great gifts..........just preparing an brown paper bag for a swap.......

Tarnyia said...

That is such a great idea and I love all that you have made... I am sure your friend is going to get such a wonderful surprise xxx

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

What a wonderful job you have done Bev. Anita will be very pleased!
Jane

teresa said...

Wow you made so much and it all looks wonderful. Great idea of the knitting bag... Anita is going to LOVE it!! Can't wait to see what you get....

WhimsyLoft.com said...

Hello Bev, Such a lovely creation. I truly admire a person who takes time to embroidere... I can't seem to make myself do it!!! :-) Glad u have fun in the swap and challenge. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and help promote my blog SALE!

hugz
grace

Sue said...

I love what you've made for your swap partner.

Sweet P said...

What a fun challenge. Your items are gorgeous!

Mylene said...

WOW! Such beautiful creations, Bev. Great job!!

I hope you have a happy weekend!

Pauline said...

Bev, does your imagination know no bounds? You can do so much with so little! Love your items!