It’s time for our final SWAP of 2021 and since the calendar is inching closer to December, it will be a quick one. Let’s dive in and see what the Project Bag SWAP is all about.
After a quick poll in my private Facebook group for scrap lovers like you and me, fabric baskets, project bags, and organization anything were the top contenders. To keep things smooth and shipping in check, we are going with project bags.
Not only are project bags fun to make, but they are perfect for scraps and orphan quilt blocks. They can include a zipper, drawstring, or other types of closures. It is really makers choice. For example, project bags like my drawstring bag with inside pockets would be a fun option.
So put on your creative cap because this SWAP is a wonderful way for the Maker to create something out of the box with their project.
Now for those of you who are new to SWAP’s or have never participated in one of mine before, have no fear, this is easy and I am here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the SWAP:
- Keep an eye on your inbox.
- Reach out to your new sewing buddy.
- Ship on time.
- Above all, just have fun!
Project Bag SWAP Details:
WHAT/SIZE: Every participant will make and receive a project bag. The pattern/style is “Maker’s choice” and can be anything that displays your creative point of view. For this SWAP it is highly encouraged that you keep your design “scrappy”. Some basic guidelines- The finished project bag should have some sort of closure and the ability to store items needed to work on a project. The bag can be any shape but should be considered a grab-and-go style. Feel free to chat with your partner for special requests.
WHEN: Sign Up’s are happening NOW through October 27th, 2021, or earlier.* All packages must be shipped to partners by December 11th, 2021.
WHERE: Everywhere! My SWAP events are open to everyone. Each participant will be paired with a partner in their general area to keep shipping costs low.
WHO: All fabric scrap lovers and stitchers are welcome! Please remember when joining any swap, your partner may have a different skill level. Along the way, I share helpful hints, technique-based tutorials and because of the community atmosphere, you are able to get help and ask questions along the way.
Price: $5 per SWAP – I am often asked about the fee and want to clarify this right upfront. Running a SWAP of this size and caliber requires a tremendous amount of effort behind the screen. There are many hours spent organizing, emailing, and following up on participants. Not to mention being a SWAP Angel when a partner falls out at the last minute. This is the reason for the small fee.
*Please note that space is limited and the event is likely to sell out. Be sure to join the fun while you can.
Scrappy Girls Club Group: As many of you know fostering community is very important to me. To help encourage this atmosphere, I have formed a private Facebook community to chat directly with you and offer a safe space for everyone to get together. Inside the group, you can share projects you are working on or have finished, meet and get to know the members from around the world, share inspiration, and participate in additional group activities. Everything is in one spot- simple and easy to use on your computer or smartphone. Please feel free to click the link to join the community.
Here is how the SWAP will work:
The Project Bag SWAP is open for sign-ups until October 27th, 2021. Once signed up you will be sent a quick questionnaire to help me pair you with the perfect sewing buddy. Then I’ll be digging in with my team and getting to work partnering you with the perfect sewing buddy. All participants will receive an email with their partner information by the end of the day, November 3rd, 2021.
Not sure what to make and need inspiration? Never fear, here are some of my favorite zipper bag patterns, and if zippers make you cringe, here is an easy-to-make option with a drawstring. Remember, you can incorporate one of your favorite quilt blocks, or even a piece of clear vinyl as a window.
If you have never joined a SWAP before I have a great article on SWAP Etiquette and how they work. In the meantime, remember my Scrappy Girls Club Community is always open. Feel free to stop by anytime to chat with other members and share how you are using your scraps! You can share any time during the day, we are always open.
Please remember that SWAP’s like this are all about having fun. No one is putting your work under a microscope. Instead, I just ask that you take pride in your work by trimming off any loose threads and think about how the person receiving this special package will feel when opening it. Consider including a small treat, sewing notion, or even a mini bundle of scrap fabrics. I am sure it would be much appreciated by your partner!
Why should you be part of “the Project Bag SWAP”?
Who doesn’t love a handmade gift?! By joining the Project Bag SWAP, you will not only be exchanging a handmade project bag to carry and keep your WIP’s safe in but you will be partnered with a sewing buddy that shares your passion, understands your need for fabric, and totally cringes when cutting into their favorite fabric. Basically, someone who “get’s it”!
This is a swap that fits your schedule, has members who are passionate about sewing, and gets you excited about starting your next great project.
I encourage you to keep in touch with your new sewing buddy after our minis have been exchanged and welcome you to join our private Facebook group here. Inside the group, you can upload pictures, ask questions, and meet other members. If Instagram is more your speed, be sure to share your projects & happy mail using the hashtag #scrappygirlsclub you can follow on Instagram here.
Come join the fun with me and Scrappy Girls Club!
Still, have a few questions? Leave me a note in the comment section and I will reply shortly.
I can’t wait to meet my new partner and see what everyone makes!
ps- You can also grab a button below: for your blog sidebar, Facebook/Instagram, or whatever you like to invite your friends to join the fun. I just ask that you please link to this page so that they can find it easily.