Cross another swap off the list. Earlier this week I sent out a package to my secret partner in the Urban Home Goods Swap on Flickr. I wasn't quite sure where to go with her at first but eventually an idea came to me and I ran with it.
I chose to work with some of Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms line. It's a little out of my comfort zone but I think it is right up my partner's alley. Fingers crossed. My partner seemed open to anything and didn't have many specific requests but I decided to make her a sewing couch caddy from Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial found here. I must admit, I have always wanted one of these for myself but have never taken the time to try the pattern... until now. I am actually pretty happy with the way it turned out. And it was an easy peasy tutorial to follow. The whole project came together rather quickly.
We were limited this time around in the amount of goodies we were allowed to send our secret partners. I am the type that usually tries to spoil my partner so it was difficult for me not to send along any little "extras". We were allowed to send a second, smaller item. I chose to make three small, reversible fabric nesting bags that my partner can use for scraps and such. In retrospect I should have included buttons on each so she could have switched them out on her sewing caddy since the fabric all matched. Oh well. You know what they say about hindsight.
The bags I whipped together without a tutorial. I am pretty happy with the largest bag but there are a couple modifications overall that I would like to make next time I attempt nesting bags. I don't think there's anything wrong with them I just think some improvements could be made to make them even better.
I sincerely hope my partner is happy with everything. I was flying a little blind trying to figure out exactly what she would want. And I did cheat a little and throw in some extra Amy Butler scraps for her. Hope she's happy!