My final swap that I had signed up for this year was a pincushion swap. My partner, Helen, has very easy to please tastes, and loves her puppy Angus, very much, so I had a lot of fun putting this parcel together.
Yes, there are two pincushions there. One for show and one for “everyday” use. I had so many ideas for this swap, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one!
This sweet little mason jar pincushion was just so cute! I loved the “quilted” glass on the jar I found.
Of course, I had to fill it with little sewing things…
A tape measure, some ribbon, a tiny spool of ribbon and a scissor fob/zipper charm with matching beads and a love my dog tag.
What’s pins without needles? So I made up a beautiful rainbow of Flying Geese into a needle book for her as well. The paper piecing pattern for the geese was resized from a pattern by Jeliquilts and of course, I used the fabulous Needle Book tutorial from Nana Company.
Inside I used a rainbow number fabric, and added a cute little rainbow of pins.
Really, though, the star of the show was Elizabeth. Fussy cut from the new line by Tula Pink.
I did put a few pins into her hair-do, just to keep it neat during the trip. They matched her colouring so perfectly!
She is richly dressed in two layers of lace, one for her collar and one for her frill, a satin ribbon and I even very carefully beaded her frill for a little added shine and sparkle.
The final touch was this perfect button found in the vintage stash. She’s royalty so of course she needed some jewels! But I wanted to keep it understated, not too ostentatious.
I know that Helen was really happy with her parcel, but I think I might need to make another Elizabeth to come live with me.
Have you ever recreated a swap item or a gift, just for yourself? Or been just unable to give something away and had to make a substitute at the last minute?