This year I gave my blog info to my Santa Swap Sack partner Jennifer and since I did not know if she was following my blog I couldn't post pictures and information about what I was working on. This was hard for me, I like to blog as the final step of making stuff! So I am blogging here in August about these first two items, but am postponing the post until after Jennifer gets her stuff! We are supposed to be swapping a sack or stocking of some sort and then five handmade gifts to put in it. Jennifer told her her favorite color is violet and she does a lot of cross stitch. I decided gift number one would be a cute little needlebook with a bit of purple and violet. I made it from a tutorial I had used before to make one for me.
Tutorial for this needle book is at Pile o Fabric if you want one for yourself!
There are several "pages" in the book with needles, pins and such on them. I didn't fill the pages because I am guessing Jennifer has a plethora of needles she might want to add to her book. The floss on the left ties in the little scissors. I thought the lining fabric was perfect since it had the violets, purples and greys I was using in the needlebook. I started with the colors I had at home and eventually made my way to the store to get the purples I needed or this book might have been all violet to start with!
I used a variegated floss for my blanket stitch and am really happy with the results!
I also made a cute little Kleenex holder in puples and violets. That fabric is the same as the lining in the needlebook. I love these holders in my purses and bags and it is one of my favorite little gifts to give people.
I made a purple sleep mask for my partner too. While I was at it I made a few others for gifts, I have one of these and I use it all the time!
Of course I had to send along a bit of Arizona, so my partner is getting a tiny Arizona flag pincushion! I figure for years to come she will remember her partner in Arizona!
Here is the large "sack" I made Jennifer--purple fabric inside and out and it is reversible.
Today we were allowed to open our Santa Swap Sack exchange gifts! Christmas came a little early, yay! Jennifer made me this pretty sack to hold all the gift. Really pretty batik fabrics!