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Santa Sack Swap 2014 – My Gifts from Terry

I signed up again this year for the Santa Sack Swap hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitchin.

We were to make a sack, stocking or tote for our partner and then fill it with 5 gifts, most of which were to be handmade.  As this wasn’t a secret swap, each partner got to choose whether they wanted a sack, a stocking or a tote.

My swap partner was a lovely lady named Terry from California.   This is just what was inside the package that arrived from her that wasn’t wrapped.  Wait until you see what was wrapped!

Unwrapped gifts from Terry
Tote bag, Christmas mug, ladybug themed gifts and a pattern for some pretty aprons.

Since I received a sack in last year’s swap, I decided that I’d like a tote this year.

And what a pretty tote it was that Terry made for me out of some gorgeous Hibiscus print fabric.  You could really tell that Terry had been reading my blog and knows how much I love and miss Hawaii.

Tote Bag made with Hibiscus print fabric

She also knows that I love ladybugs, so there were lots of those.  There was this adorable ladybug pincushion and a yo-yo Christmas Tree with ladybug button decorations!

Ladybug Pincushion and yoyo Christmas tree. As you can see below, one of the gifts was even wrapped with ladybug paper (which I’ve saved) and a drawstring bag made out of ladybug fabric with ladybug buttons on the ends of the drawstrings.

Wrapped gifts from my swap partner Rolled up and tied with red and white sparkly tulle was this amazing English Paper Pieced table runner.Hand Pieced and Quilted table runner

More labybugs on the backing fabric and just look at the beautiful hand quilting!  I can only imagine the number of hours it must have taken her to make this.

Or the time it took to crochet this pretty ruffled scarf.

Crocheted scarf with ladybug pin

Look… a ladybug pin too!

And then even more time to embroider these beautiful tea towels.

Embroidered tea towels

I’ve made embroidered gifts for other people but I’ve never received an embroidered gift, so these are extra special.  I’ve decided to use them to cover bread dough when it’s rising.  That way they get used but will still stay nice.

Terry also included a set of terrycloth tea towel with Cardinals on them (see bottom photo.)

Inside the ladybug drawstring bag were lots of goodies:

Extra goodies from Terry

The little yellow crocheted hat is actually a needle book, complete with a ladybug straight pin inside.  There were also two craft kits, two packages of crocheted embellishments, Canada themed scrapbook buttons, sparkly mini clothespins, ladybug notepad and if you look in the back, you’ll see a set of ladybug earbuds… too cute!

This orange stand-up tote was also filled with goodies:

Stand up tote with charm packsTwo charm packs, rainbow napkins and a pretty napkin holder which I’m actually using to display the charm packs until I can figure out what to turn them into.

As you can see, I was really spoiled:

All the gifts from Terry

She even included a box of English tea to enjoy in my new mug.

Thank you so much Terry.  I couldn’t be more pleased and touched at the time and thought you put into my gifts for the Santa Sack Swap.

Thank you also to Cheryll for all the work she puts into this and all the other swaps that she runs throughout the year.

Tomorrow I’ll share photos of the gifts that I sent Terry.





  • Susan
    December 26, 2014 11:33 pm

    What fun! I will have to keep this idea in mind for my sewing bee next year!
    Health and Happiness always!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    December 27, 2014 4:00 am

    What an amazing array of gifts! Terry was an awesome swap partner.

  • Kate
    December 27, 2014 8:26 am

    Such lovely gifts, Sue! Indeed Terry is a very thoughtful and fabulous swap partner.

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