Hurrah, I’m so glad that you guys like the idea of a Christmas swap!
I’ve done a bit of research and the earliest last date for Airmail international postage (that I can track down) is Wednesday December 5th 2012, so here’s the plan:
Sign-up for the swap will be open until Friday November 16th 2012. The weekend of the 17th and 18th I’ll pair people up and email out details of who you’re swapping with.
Then it’s time to do some research, read your swap partners blog, send them an email to help guide your choice on the fabric you think they’d like – and then of course go shopping! I thought a budget of £20(GB) / $30(US) (by today’s exchange rate provided by Google) was a manageable figure?
Feel free to shop your stash if you have something that you know would be perfect! The main aim is to provide enough fabric for the person to make their garment of choice, but if you want to include notions, trim, patterns because you scored an awesome deal then that would be fabulous!
It would be lovely if we could all gift wrap whatever we’re swapping to make opening our ‘present’ a little more special on Christmas Day. And it prevents early peaking (well it might…)
Then it’s time to post your parcel by Wednesday December 5th 2012 and send me a quick email so I know that it’s been entrusted to Royal Mail / USPS / AusPost / whoever your postal service is!
I’d love it if we could all do a show and tell by New Year’s Eve and I can then do a wrap up post on New Years Day sharing what everyone received. I was vaguely thinking that we could do a ‘finished item’ share at the end of January?
If you’d like to join in please send me an email to
with the following information by Friday 16 November 2012:
- What item you’d like to make and therefore the yardage you’d like to swap; it could simply be that you want to make a dress, or a skirt or top, or that you’re hoping for the Cambie Dress Pattern for Christmas and enough fabric for that would be amazing! (I estimate that 3 yards for a dress / 2 for a top or skirt would be about right assuming 44″ fabric)
- If you’re happy to post internationally
- Your email address
- Your postal address (If you’re in the US, please provide the full ZIP Code as international stuff can go AWOL without it!)
- Your blog address (if you have one – if you don’t its not a problem!)
This way I can match people up on the yardage and postage. I really hope you all want to join in and have an absolute ball, get to know some fellow sewists and have a wonderful present to open on December 25th!
PS – Some sort of blog button is coming soon… If anyone is any good with photoshop or that sort of thing then I’d be eternally grateful as I’m clueless!