Spring Sewing Swap Reveal!

26 Jun


Hi, friends!  As usual, I am a bit behind on posting things — my lovely parcel from the Spring Sewing Swap is no exception, considering that it is now officially summer!  Early last week I had the fun of receiving a nice little package all the way from Australia — from my new sewing friend Shelly at Shelly’s D.I.Y. Style.

Shelly and I chatted a bit before the swap and realized that we share similar tastes and sewing goals. That made shopping for Shelly both easy and hard — easy because I could buy her things that I would like myself, but hard because there was so much I wanted to send!  (If you want to see what I decided on, head over to Shelly’s post and check it out.)

So without further ado, let me show you the wonderful things Shelly sent all the way around the globe for me:


1. Two yards of beautiful pink cotton lawn which is likely to become a summer top from a pattern I have been asked to test. The fabric looks a bit wrinkly now because I have already washed it for sewing 🙂

2. An adorable set of flower print buttons (perhaps to go with said top?).

3. Some needle gripper pads.  I have never seen these before but I will definitely love using them — I can see them saving me a lot of headache!

4. A new retractable measuring tape.  Shelly must have a spy in my sewing room because I just broke my favorite retractable tape and have looked at a new one every time I go to the store but haven’t bought one.  It’s a good thing because the one Shelly sent is so much better than what I’ve seen around here.

5. Aqua and brown bias tape.  I love print bias tape and this one has such a soft and supple hand I can’t wait to find a project to incorporate it into.

6. Red and white trim.  Red is one of my favorite colors so I know this will be easy to use.

7. And last but not least, that cute little ladybug you see is a darling thread cutter that can be stuck onto my sewing machine.  How adorable is that??

Thanks so much, Shelly, for sending me my lovely treats — I am so excited about giving them all a good home.  And thanks to Kerry at Kestrel Makes for organizing this swap.  It’s so nice to receive a sewing-related gift from someone who knows about sewing.  I look forward to doing it again soon!

7 Responses to “Spring Sewing Swap Reveal!”

  1. Lauren June 26, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    What a neat idea! I love the stationary you used for Shelly’s package, too!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD June 26, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks, Lauren! I found the stationary on Etsy. I have been loving all your blog posts even though I haven’t been able to leave comments. Would love to sew together soon (either in person or virtually)!

  2. Kerry June 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    What a thoughtful package, and I’m delighted that you had a lot in common too. I love the buttons and bias and am a big fan of retractable tape measures too – so useful! I always have one in my bag.

  3. Shelly June 27, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    I’m glad you liked what I sent. Like you, I found it easy and hard to shop for the same reasons, however just had to keep reminding myself of the rules Kerry had set and the deadline date or I would have just kept shopping 🙂 Thanks for swapping with me – it was fun.

  4. twotoast June 29, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Wow! Such fabulous treats – the fabric is a gorgeous colour! I’ve just posted about my goodies from the lovely Philippa – do come and take a look! Thank-you Kestrel for setting this up 🙂

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 2, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you — I agree the fabric color is terrific! Swaps are so much fun, aren’t they? 🙂

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