Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer Tote Swap- Sign Ups

I've decided to host another swap.  This is going to be a tote/bag/purse swap.  I am very excited and I hope to get some fellow "bag lovers" in on a fun time. 

I seem to get a lot of questions when I host swaps, so I thought these guidelines would be helpful. 

The bag you make should have: 
  • quilt shop quality fabrics  
  • stabilizer or fusible fleece 
  • stabilized handles
  • at least one pocket
  • a finished lining (no raw seams)
But, you don't have to stop there!  (Optional) Feel free to add:
  • magnetic snap closures
  • extra pockets
  • embellishments 
  • material flowers
  • cute buttons
  • quilting
  • pleats
  • tucks
  • accessories (lip balm, tissues, gum)

 You DO NOT have to have a blog to participate.  This time around, I may ask for a sewing/blogging reference if I am not familiar with you.  I hope that you do not take this the wrong way.  Everyone is welcome to participate and I hope that we all have the chance to make a new "friend".  However, I have hosted swaps where a partner has never shipped their project.  This is EXTREMELY disappointing to the person that doesn't get their item.  Therefore, I may ask you for a reference and I hope you will understand.
So, the sign ups start today through Friday, June 4th.  I will contact you with the information for the person you will be making a bag for sometime over the weekend.  I am going to run this similar to my past will know the person you are shipping to, but not the person who is making your bag (or shipping to you).  So, it will be a surprise. 
The deadline to ship is July 31st.  Please, if you sign up for the swap do everything possible to get the bag sent by then.  If something really urgent does prevent you from doing so, please communicate that to me as soon as possible.  Please remember to send me an email when you ship.
If you ship on time, your name will be entered in a drawing for a prize (my last remaining Dandy Bag pictured below). 

If you'd like to participate, please send me an email with the subject heading Summer Tote Swap. (You can find my email address by clicking on my profile on the right near the bottom of the page.)  Please include the following information:
Home Address
Email Address
Blog Address (if you have one)
Are you willing to ship internationally?
When you think of your package arriving, what would you love to see in it?  A bag, a purse, colors? 
What style bag would you like to sew?  (bag or purse)

Don't forget to grab the bling at the top for you blog. :)



Kim said...

Sounds like fun! I'll shoot you an e-mail later.


Nancy said...

I'm in !! I'm in!!

will send my details...

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Email coming your way!

Michelle said...

It sounds like fun! Too bad I'm not into the tote/bag thing...


joan said...

Oh Kris it sounds like fun but June and July I will be away for a bit so I better not sign up. Have fun and I will be watching the progress!

Allie said...

That sounds fun - I'm so sorry I can't participate!

Maria said...

Yes I would love to participate.Will send you an e-mail

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun idea for a swap Kris! I hope you get lots of participants with lots of fun bags. I've had lots of fun reading over all your posts from when I was gone -- loved reading about your quilting history!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh this sounds like such fun. I'm going to look over my time commitments, and see if I could maybe finish a bag in time! How sweet of you to host this Kris!!

Synnove said...

I would love to participate!
I'll send an email.

Mandy said...

Hey I sent you an email! Now I'm eagerly awaiting a reply :)

abc1x1 said...

Hello, I want to buy the pattern für the bag on the picture.Where is the shop?

Greatings from Sigrid

Day before Michelle said...

I'm in as well, I emailed you :)

Sinta Renee said...

I saw your button at Jen's blog... and I thought the bag swap was a fantastic idea! I would love to join in!

Unknown said...

I saw it on Jens blog too and I am going to send you an email right now! melinda

Kim D. said...

Hi Kris, What a fun idea, love swaps. Unfortunately I have a busy summer ahead and can't join in at this time. Have fun and I'll check back to see everyone's progress. Enjoy!!

Wendy said...

Just found your blog ... this looks like a fun swap, so I'll have to watch the progress and wait for next time. :o)