crafts sewing swap

Being brave and trying new things {NanaCompany swap}

patchwork pouch

Regular readers will know that I love to craft and purchase an insane amount of craft books. Sewing is my favourite thing to do in my limited free time but often I’m struck by the fear of failure which holds me back from trying new things. So when I saw a new swap on Instagram I bravely signed up.

The swap was quite specific to those who were fans of the NanaCompany style. I’ve had Amy Sinibaldi’s book for a while, I love her blog and her style but never got round to making anything from the book. I knew this was my opportunity!

I made an inspiration mosaic featuring my favourite projects, was paired up and started my planning my main make. I made a mug rug featuring a patchwork flower and a little embroidery, following the pattern in Sweetly Stitched Handmades. I then made a small needle book from a free tutorial on Amy’s blog. I sent them off to my partner and eagerly awaited some happy mail.

I wasn’t disappointed. I received a lovely patchwork drawstring bag (pictured above) and a sweet patchwork pin cushion

patchwork pincushion with strawberry

and pretty needle book

NanaCompany style needlebook

Here’s a close up of the inside.

inside detail of needlebook

My partner also sent me some lovely extras including a rainbow of 30 hexagons,¬†buttons and tape. It’s been a while since I signed up for any swaps but I’m glad I joined in with this one. I loved making the mug rug. The pattern was easy to follow and it was so nice to have something to make for someone else.


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    Nayna Kanabar
    June 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I absolutely love all your projects especially the little sewing kit.

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    Ana De- Jesus
    June 2, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Well done for trying something new ! I love the patchwork cushion and the pretty needle book. The colours are lush!

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    Receiving happy mail and random acts of kindness -
    June 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    […] the world. Over time this love of receiving mail has continued and I’ve taken part in a few sewing swaps, sending and receiving little handmade packages.¬†I think that’s part of the reason I enjoy […]

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