Popular Crafts Swap

For the last 3 months, I have had the pleasure of participating in a craft swap organised by the hugely supportive Popular Crafts Magazine. In the last issue, the magazine was kind enough to mention my twitter feed as a site to be seen….*Proud Moment*.

For the monthly swap, you are partnered with another crafter, to send a small bought gift and to make an item for them based on a particular theme. All types of crafts are included.

For my February/March swap I was partnered with Kerry from Crafts from the Heath for a ‘Hearts’ theme. With some heart fabric already in my stash, I set myself a challenge to make something I had never attempted before; a coin purse.

I had bought the cute clasp on eBay, intending to make one for myself, but it was just perfect for this project! I hid some fabric covered buttons inside, along with a penny (I hear you are supposed to do so when you gift someone a purse).

I nervously posted and waited for my gift to arrive. Kerry sent me some beautiful bunting in blue (perfect for my guest room) and some felt and wooden decorations. How lovely is it?

For the March/April ‘Spring’ theme, I was partnered with the wonderful Cybele who is a talented crocheter and blogger. We emailed and tweeted and soon realised that we were in the same city for a couple of days each week.

So the swap seemed like the perfect opportunity to meet up. Luckily our email chats and pinterest stalking (we have such similar tastes it’s spooky!) provided plenty of ideas. Once again, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before and decided on paper piecing patchwork. The Cath Kidston ‘Patch’ book had a lovely Dresden Plate bag project on the front cover, so I set to work on the bag which I hoped Cybele (a keen reader) could carry her books or crochet in.

Cybele also shared that she is lover of the coast (Lyme Regis specifically), so I found this cute card on Folksy which I knew she would like. I included a copy of one of my favourite books, The Time Travellers Wife. Luckily she hadn’t read it.

Look at this wonderful crochet cushion Cybele gave to me! I love it.  She had also noticed my stationery obsession and gave me this cute note book and Raffia Paper all the way from Holland!

The swaps are a great way to meet other crafters and share blogs, etsy shops and tips. I have discovered so many great sellers and makers and have pushed myself to learn new crafting techniques. (Although next time I have vowed to use a thimble when hand-stitching patchwork – owch!). The next swap theme is Union Jack and I am partnered with @sewsofthandmade. I’ll be blogging about my patriotic make soon.

If you are interested in joining a swap, find out more on the Popular Crafts website.

I have also recently signed up to the Pin Cushion Swap run jointly by fab craft bloggers House of Pinheiro and sew far so good. They are encouraging participants to use items from their stash to make a pin cushion or needlecase for a fellow crafter. Great giveaways throughout the project too! I’ll be sure to blog about this in June.


Have you ever participated in a craft swap? Which ones are you favourites? Share your makes and blog links below!

Claireabelle x

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16 Responses to Popular Crafts Swap

  1. Fab blog :) I love seeing what everybody makes each other :) thanks for sharing with us – they are amazing!!! I’ve been very lucky with my swaps too – I’ve received beautiful gifts and swaps from @thecraftylawyer & @craftyguider :) xxx

  2. Jo says:

    These are great, I really enjoyed reading this post. I’d love to take part in one of these swaps, but I’m not too confident yet in my crafty ability. That cushion is amazing isn’t it, I have been attempting to crochet granny squares recently, it seems unlikely I’ll ever be able to create something like that though! (Thanks for your blog comment too, means a lot to me to know someone is reading!) Jo x

    • Thanks Jo, you really should take part as they are such fun. I was really not confident in my abilities when I started them, but I have learnt so much. Participants are all at different levels. I’m doing a Granny Squares course soon as I just can’t self teach crochet! x

  3. Jodie says:

    I love your bunting. So cute. I would love to join the swap some time. I don’t sew or quilt much.

  4. Jen says:

    Oh my gosh Claire this all sounds amazing! Im so joining in with one of these, love the idea!! And any excuse to make lovely things for others ;D xx

  5. Nina says:

    What a great way to meet new bloggers. I found you via Sew Many Ways FaFF, I am happy I did. Great craft swaps you all give each other. I am now going to follow you & I hope you follow me too at: atirinspireddecor.blogspot.com

    Thank you & Many Blessings

    • Hi Nina

      Thanks so much for your comment & I will be sure to follow you! You can always join in a swap as they include overseas participants. It is really good fun & everyone is so supportive.


      • Nina says:

        Thank you, I think I will give it a try for the June swap. I sure hope you follow me too!

        Thank You & Blssings

  6. Carla says:

    Ohh, how lovely! I am so doing this in June! Keep seeing the beautiful things people have made and received and I want to join in :) May is a terrible month as I’m away a lot – but June is back to as normal as my life ever gets so I can make things again :D Squeeee! xx

  7. I guess you don’t have time for the pincushion one too?

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