This is a little brick shaped homemade bag made for a recent yarn swap that I participated in. Remembering that I’d purchased the Craftsy class “Zip It Up – Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags” I sat down to have a fun lesson at home on how to make this bag with a lovely professional finish to it. I love, love, love Craftsy for learning new skills and have done quite a few classes on there. It’s the perfect platform for someone like me who finds it hard to find time to go out and learn classes in person. They cover so many different crafts too like sewing, quilting, cake decorating, photography and everything in between! Everything I enjoy doing.
After some research I found out that my swap partner loved purple so my recent purchase of this Tula Pink – Chipper fox nap fabric from the Glebe Island Show was calling out to be used. More often than not if you love something and find it hard parting with it you can be pretty sure the recipient will love it just as much. The fat quarter of fabric I purchased was just the right amount to make this bag but I wish I’d purchased more as it’s just so pretty.
There are two straps either side of the bag and the construction is fairly simple. The Craftsy lessons hosted by Joan Hawley give some great tips on sewing this bag really well and it’s a really enjoyable sewing project that can be done in a few hours. I have since made two more of these bags and it is even easier for me now I know how it comes together. The bag is called Nickita Bag and the class has two other bag patterns included called the Bendy Bag and Runaround Bag which I haven’t tried yet. Joan’s has another bag class on Craftsy which is called “Zippered Bags With a Twist: The One-Zip Way” and the bags in this class look great too.
It’s actually the first yarn swap I’ve ever done and it was lots of fun. We had to include a skien of yarn, a pattern, knitty gift and something sweet. I gifted the shawl pattern Arroway by Stephen West of Westknits via Ravelry. To do this all you need to know is someone’s Ravelry name and then you can even have a sneaky peek at their pattern wish list for one you know they’d like.
The bag ends up being about 22cms long by 10cms wide by 8cms high which is the perfect size for a small project and I managed to fit all these things inside nicely. It makes a great pencil case size too and one of the other bags I made was for my daughter to use as a pencil case for school. A bigger one would be great to fit some of my larger knitting projects inside so the next time I make a bag like this it will be a larger one.
With my swap partner working in a yarn shop I knew the yarn had to be extra special so I parted with this exquisite skien of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in the colour Pistachio. Once again I looked up my swap partner on Ravelry and studied her profile to learn about likes and dislikes etc so that I could pick the right colours for the package I was sending.
The gift was received late last week and she absolutely loved it and has never knitted with Hedgehog Fibres before so she was very excited to try it out. My return package hasn’t arrived yet so I’m still excited to see who my swap partner is and what they sent me.
Have you participated in a yarn swap or any other kind of swap before? Was it a good experience for you? What did you like about it the most?