Postcard pouch, Bee sew a long cushion, Happy mail swap.

Hi peeps, I hope that you’re all doing well.

I’m having a Christmas sale in my Etsy shop at the moment. The link is on my website and if you buy something then please send me a message with your order so I can give you an extra small discount, as a way of saying thank you for reading my blog post. 🙂

I’d like to share a few more craft items that I made this year, starting with a postcard pouch. Earlier this year I purchased a huge stack of fabric squares and I’ve been slowing getting through them. They have different themes and, as you know by now, I’m sure, I love ocean related fabrics, and I found some great ones to use for my postcard pouch.

I have quite a few postcards from my parents when they go on holiday. I always insist on having a postcard even though they only go away for a short time. My stash was building up and I used to keep them in the kitchen, but this wasn’t ideal, so I decided to make myself a pouch to keep them all in.

I got the idea from Heidi Staples (fabric mutt) because in one of her books she makes something similar using some great fabrics. She loves making patchwork items and makes things that have lots of small pieces that need sewing together to make one thing. To be quite honest, I’m not a fan of sewing small bits together because firstly, it’s fiddly and secondly, my machine hates sewing bits and they usually end up getting stuck in the machine, so I like to avoid this. Plus, if I cut out small pieces, they sometimes end up lost and then I just get annoyed, lol.

Anyway, she has a postcard pouch in her book which looked awesome, so I made my own using ocean themed fabric, which seemed appropriate because my parents usually go to the seaside. I was really pleased with the result! I wanted to make some for the shop, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

The next item is a sew-a-long. I’ve always fancied these but had never taken part in one before. I really enjoyed making this bee cushion and I used lots of different techniques that I’d never tried before. These included: making hexies and using them in a project, sewing a satin stitch, using a sewing pattern that I had to draw onto the fabric, along with other things. I had the perfect fabric in mind for the back as it seemed appropriate as it not only did it have bees on the back but also a garden.

Finally, another thing I’d always wanted to try was a swap. A small swap that was quick and easy and was cheap to post. I found the ideal one, a postcard swap. I chose to make a knitted needle case for my swap partner, and she made me this awesome postcard! This was one of the highlights of the year because it’s nice to make things for others. I’d definitely take part in another one. I was hoping to take part in another one before the end of the year, but I didn’t see another suitable one. Maybe next year.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share,

Sarah. 😊

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