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Santa Sack Swap 2016 – My Gifts for Pauline

Santa Sack Swap 2016 – My Gifts for Pauline

For the past few years, I’ve taken part in the Santa Sack Swap hosted and organized by Cheryl over at Gone Stitchin’. This year, I was partnered with Pauline who blogs at Phoenix Heirlooms.

I thought it would be fun to show you the gifts I made for her.

For the swap, we’re to make our partners a sack, stocking or tote (depending on what our partner requests) plus 5 other handmade gifts for a total of 6 handmade gifts.

When Pauline and I were first emailing back and forth to get to know each other a bit, I asked her which one she wanted or perhaps even something else. She replied that she had no preference… she liked to be surprised.

Now Pauline has taken part in the Santa Sack Swap for several years and I figured she probably had already been given Christmas themed things. I browsed back through her blog and discovered that she knits. It just so happened that I had some knitting themed novelty fabric in my stash.

I’d bought it because it was just such fun but had never been able to bring myself to cut into it. It was time to take the plunge. There was a lady across the Atlantic who might like a new knitting bag!

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Knitting Bag for Pauline

I kind of, sort of followed a pattern called Sew Downtown by This & That that last year’s swap partner, Debbie gave me.

I made it with a larger base so that it would hold bigger projects without smooshing them and I left off the exterior pockets in order not to cover up those adorable knitting sheep.

And I added two long pockets inside for holding long knitting needles.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Interior of Knitting Bag

Once the tote was finished it was time to fill it with gifts!

Pauline and I agreed on small gifts in order to keep overseas mailing costs down.

She’d mentioned that her favorite color was blue, so I picked two pretty blue fabrics and made her the small size of Thimble Pip  (using my Thimble Pip Tutorial) and a matching pin cushion.

I hand embroidered her initial on one side of the pip using a stem stitch with white DMC floss.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Thimble Pip and matching pincushion for Pauline

The blue with gold dots on the pincushion was used to line the Thimble Pip.

It’s hard to tell from the photo but these are small.

The pincushion measured about 3″ square. So you can just imagine how tiny that quarter square triangle in the center is!


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I continued the blue theme to make her a tissue box cover using my Reversible Tissue Box Cover Tutorial. You can see what the reverse looks like in this post.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Reversible Tissue Box Cover for Pauline

When traveling to different quilt shops this past summer collecting patterns for the Row By Row Experience, everywhere I went, I saw kits for these cool Pop-ups.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Pop Up Basket for Pauline

There’s a spring that is inserted inside during the sewing process that makes the baskets Pop!

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Pop up basket collapsed

Here’s what it looks like when collapsed.

The fabric on the outside is part of the range of fabrics designed specifically for this year’s Row by Row Experience.

And last but not least, I had to make her at least one item that was Christmas/Winter themed. These foxes sledding seemed like the perfect choice.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Foxes Sledding Mug Rug for Pauline

I hand embroidered the snow falling in the sky and did simple straight line quilting on the side for the mug to rest on.

In addition to the handmade gifts, I included two packages of specialty coffee, a tin of pins and some Christmas buttons.

Here they are all together before I wrapped them and mailed them to Pauline.

Santa Sack Swap 2016 - All My Gifts for Pauline

I’ve had a lovely email from Pauline and she seems pleased with the gifts I made for her.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you the gifts I received from Pauline as they deserve a post all their own. She really did spoil me!



Santa Sack Swap 2016 - Gifts for My Swap Partner


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  • Rachel
    January 3, 2017 6:52 am

    I’m not surprised she was pleased – delightful!

  • Raewyn
    December 31, 2016 12:46 pm

    What a lovely set of gifts, I’m sure she was very happy to receive them 🙂 I know what you mean about swaps, I love doing the odd one but always worry about running out of time!

  • Pauline
    December 31, 2016 10:49 am

    I was so grateful for the lovely gifts I received – I have already used the bag with the small pin cushion and thimble keeper for my stitching over the Xmas holiday and the tissue holder has been in the quest room for my son and daughter-in-law. I really enjoyed being your partner Sue and thank you so much.

  • Stephanie
    December 31, 2016 10:35 am

    That knitting bag is to die for. Awesome job

  • Carol S.
    December 31, 2016 8:48 am

    Oh my gosh! I would be your swap pal anytime, but I think I’d get the better end of the deal. Those are just the cutest gifts! I love the fabrics in the pop-up basket…adorable!

  • Christine Barnsley
    December 31, 2016 4:26 am

    Hello Susan! Sorry not to have had time to visit in a while! What beautiful gifts you made for Pauline, I am sure she was delighted with them! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2017…. have a wonderful New Year! Christine x

  • MA
    December 30, 2016 6:31 pm

    I’m sure your swap partner was thrilled with all the goodies!

  • Kathleen
    December 30, 2016 6:05 pm

    You did a great job keeping the gifts small yet beautiful.

  • Libby
    December 30, 2016 5:39 pm

    How Sweet – Really nice.

    Happy New Year !

  • Carmen
    December 30, 2016 5:27 pm

    You can pal with me anytime! Really nice gifts.

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