Crafting Con Swap!

Crafting Con Swap! from Hugs are Fun

One of the reasons I do so many swaps is to motivate and challenge me to try new things. A lot of the cross stitch patterns in my shop came about because of swaps and lately I have been using it to push myself more with sewing.

Alice in Wonderland Cross Stitches from Hugs are Fun

CraftingCon is a sewing based competition with different nerdy themes. There was a swap on the Facebook group and I couldn’t resist signing up. My partner loves Alice in Wonderland and I was right in the middle of my Tsum Tsum cross stitch madness and decided to make an Alice pattern. I wasn’t sure what to make, but when Faith from Sarana Ave posted a tutorial on making a little notebook cover I decided to try that out. Faith actually lives nearby and our kids played and she helped me with the pockets and with putting in the snaps.

Inside Notebook Holder from Hugs are Fun
I included a Moleskein notebook and a Pilot FriXion pen*. FriXion pens are erasable, but they’re thermo-sensitive ink so it’s perfect for sewing. You can mark on fabric and then the heat of the iron removes the marks, it’s magic!

White Rabbit Needlebook from Hugs are Fun
I also included yet another hexagon needlebook, I just can’t stop. A few years ago I got an adorable Japanese cross stitch book from Mitsuwa, a Japanese marketplace nearby. There are a few different Alice in Wonderland patterns that are tiny and perfect for a needlebook! I stitched up the White Rabbit, I love little projects like this because they go so fast.

Crafting Con Swap! from Hugs are Fun

My partner was Courtney from the Wholesome Mama and she absolutely knocked it out of the park with her package, I love it all. I had no idea what to expect because I gave such an incredibly long list of nerdy things that I like. She picked out this super adorable Marvel superhero pattern and made a clutch, needlebook, and sandwich wraps. The fabric is amazing, I love little angry Hulk.

I have vowed to take a break from swaps for awhile and focus on projects for myself and the girls, (I’m currently making them quilts after I abandoned Evie’s previous blanket I was working on) but getting packages like this reminds me while I love swaps so much!

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