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Santa Sack Swap – My Gifts to Terry

As I mentioned in my post yesterday each participant in the Santa Sack Swap, hosted by Cheryll over at Gone Stitch’, was allowed to choose whether their swap partner made them a sack, a stocking or a tote.  In our e-mails back and forth, my swap partner Terry mentioned that she would like a tote this year.  And since she had received a Christmas themed tote last year, she requested that I make something non-Christmasy.   As well from our e-mails, I learned that like me, she likes bright colors.

After searching through pinterest for totes ideas and quilt shops for fabrics, this is the tote I designed for Terry:

Terry's Tote Bag

Every tote bag needs a pocket inside:

Inside pocket of Terry's tote bag

Remember back when I posted about making the Mini Spool Quilts.  I kept the less than perfect one but I couldn’t show you the almost perfect one at the time because it was intended for Terry.

Mini Spools quiltTerry is a quilter and when I found this novelty print in colors to match the tote bag, I knew that I just had to make her a zippered pouch.

Zippered sewing pouch for Terry

It too had to have pockets added to the inside:

Inside pockets of Terry's zippered pouch

Of course, I had to add some sewing accessories to go inside those pockets:

Sewing accessories

And what sewing kit would be complete without a needle book, so I made her this Little Letter Needle book.

Little letter needle book

(The pattern for the Little Letter Needle Book can be found here.)

Every quilter needs their very own Thimble Pip.

For each side of the thimble pip, I fussy cut flowers from the same fabric that I used for her tote bag.

Floral Thimble Pip

It looks huge in this photo but it’s only 1.5″ tall.

After all those practical sewing/quilting gifts, a girl needs something pretty just for herself, so I made Terry this flex frame clutch purse with beaded handle.

Flex Frame clutch purse with beaded handle

I forgot to take individual photos of the crocheted Prosperity Angel, Hospitality Angel and Celtic Cross that I made for her but you can see them in the photo below that I took of all her gifts before I wrapped them.

Terry's gifts before wrapping

I hope that Terry has as much fun using each of her gifts as I did making them!


  • Kate
    December 27, 2014 3:30 pm

    Sue, these are beautiful gifts – lucky Terry!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    December 28, 2014 3:47 am

    What a great swap both given and received, you both put such a lot of work into those packages.

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