Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yarnies vs Sewists Swap

This is the package I sent to Miss Barbara for my second Craftster craft swap. The theme of this swap was "yarnies vs. sewists," so a knitter/crocheter is paired with a sewer and you can make each other items on your wish lists. Here's the entire package, wrapped (I found this awesome crocheted wrapping paper at Always in Stitches)... and unwrapped!

From top going clockwise: Ladybug book, cupcake pail and notecards, horse stickers and grow bug capsules (for her girls), handmade cloth napkins, a roll-up silverware holder (to take to work), reusable sandwich bags (for school lunches), fabric wallet with lots of credit card slots, crochet hook needle holder, orange clutch purse and ladybug tote bag!

Here's a close up of the ladybug drawstring tote and orange clutch purse. I used matching fabric for the lining.
I came up with a pattern for this orange clutch myself, based off the idea of a Becky Oh! bolsa bag.
 This was a prototype, and I think I'm going to make the corners a bit more rounded and see if I can't get the pleats to be a bit deeper/wider.


Close up of the napkins, which didn't turn out to be as easy as I'd hoped. I won't be making any more napkins anytime soon--working with the linen was a challenge! Anyhow, her older daughter loves animals and her younger daughter loves princess themes, so this is what I came up with.

The wallet actually turned out to be much easier than I expected! Though it was my first time making one, I would make another one in a heartbeat. I used a tutorial from that*darn*kat, which was very easy to follow. It was also my first time working with fusible fleece, which turned out to be so great that I used some in the orange clutch as well.

A crochet hook needle holder was on Miss Barbara's wish list.
I was happy with how this turned out, that I'd probably try it with shorter individual slots next time.



Reusable sandwich bags, made from oilcloth I found on Etsy from Oilcloth Addict. These were very easy to make, and I think I'll make some for myself next! 

Also, here's a dragonfly-themed silverware holder and roll-up placement for her to take to work.

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