Swap Time! The Trim Trade

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Last year we had our very first SWAP on The Sewing Loft for a simple zipper pouch.  It was so much fun and I thought it was time to host another one!  I’d like to welcome you to the Trim Trade!

Trim Trade Swap

To turn this swap into a fun party, Cori from Let’s Eat Grandpa and I are co-hosting this swap. This swap is where participants will trade all sorts of decorative sewing trims. We’re talking lace, sequins, buttons, ric-rac, cording, ribbon, beads, piping, fringe, bias tape, braids — and whatever else makes our sewing extra special!

The swap is simple:

  • Click here (sign up is now closed) and fill in your information. Sign-ups close on April 26.
  • Choose enough trim to fill a sandwich-size plastic bag.
  • Post photos of your trim to the Flickr page.
  • Comment on what you love…and what you don’t (be kind!)
  • We’ll email you the name and address of your swap partner once the sign-ups close.
  • Ship out your swag by May 8!

Here is a snapshot of what a swap package would look like:

Trim Trade Swap | The Sewing Loft

Easy, right? A mystery trim giveaway will land in one participants mailbox, so be sure to sign up!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Cori. We’ve been blogging and Tweeting together for a while now, and I got to meet her for a whole hot minute at the Sewing Summit last October. I just adore her Blooming Quilt As You Go Panel and I might have to use it for my next scrap buster!  Her style is super fresh, colorful and above all fun.  You must check out her shop, it is filled with handmade goodness!

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Check back here and at Let’s Eat Grandpa during the month to learn more about swap etiquette and fun ways trim can make your sewing projects stand out. We’re looking forward to the Trim Trade and hope you are too!

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  1. Patricia says:

    I don’t have the ability to post photos, so how can I participate? I would love to!
    Please help!

    • No worries Pat, I am happy to help post photos for you. You can email me directly. Just sign up and you will rcv further information once the sign ups have closed.

      • Patricia says:

        Thank You so much Heather. I will do so!


      • Patricia says:

        Hi Heather,
        Hoping you didn’t forget I wanted to join the swap. I don’t have the ability to post a picture, so I need help. This is my first swap, so I am excited!!

        • Hello Pat,
          I have you down and your email has been sent. Please check your in box and let me know if you did not rcv.
          Can not wait to see what you are swapping!

  2. The trims are beautiful—I would love to win…

  3. i love swaps and trims! great idea –i just signed up!

  4. I can hardly wait!! I LOVE packages, REAL mail & surprises!! My baggie is full & pix are already on puter & ready to upload!! Just say when & I’m there! This will be my First, so be gentle.
    *Giggle, Giggle*

  5. sandra gest says:

    This is my first swap! I love trims of all kind. I hope I can do this. How much trim of each kind should be included? How long should each trim be. I can’t wait!!!!

    • So glad to hear that you are joining in the fun! You should fill a sandwich bag with your trims to swap. I would say that each piece of ribbon is about 2 yards in the photos. Some might be slightly smaller/longer. Just think about what you would want to receive and work with. Can not wait to see what you swap!

  6. I have scads and scads of different ribbon from my hair bow business, but not a lot of other types of trims. Would a mostly ribbon-heavy baggie be okay? I’d love to participate — that little pompon trim in the picture is just precious!

  7. Hi Heather:

    I’m getting my Swap baggies ready. Can’t wait to find out with whom I will be swapping. I have so many goodies to choose from. Also, thank you for the link to Cori’s blog. I’m definitely going to try the QAYG process.

  8. Lisa Borczysnki says:

    I have done a few craft swaps where we made something for someone after “getting to know them” through e-mails…so much fun. This will be my first trim swap…so excited, as others have said getting goodies in the mail is the best part!

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