Saturday, March 7, 2015

Manicure Case in a Snap!

I've been swept up by swap fever.  I haven't joined every swap that goes by.  Just a few of them.

First, let me give you a little of my swap background.  I've had some pretty horrible experiences with swaps.  Swaps where the host never followed-up and I never received a thing kind of swaps.  I swore off swaps for a while after that one.  Then, I did a couple charm square swaps with The Amateur Quilter last fall.  Absolutely amazing experience.  Every. Single. Time.  (I think I did four swaps with him.)  Since then I have tried to overcome my fear and have joined a couple swaps through Instagram.  Instagram is my new favorite thing.  Micro blogging with photos is just plain fun!
I joined the Sweet and Salty Easter Swap hosted by the absolutely amazing Angelina.  Part of this swap is to add at least four things to the Open Wide pouch for your partner.  I stumbled across this fun Snappy Manicure Wallet pattern from Noodle-Head and thought it would be the perfect addition.  I did some searching around in my stash and came up with some fun and girly fabrics.  This project was made using 100% stash.  Check out Sew My Stash 2015 for more information.
This pattern challenged me a little.  I don't often need to put elastic pockets on something.  This really was a nice introduction to a very simple way to do it.  Though difficult to see, there are four little pouches to hold your nail polish.   
I love doing zippers like this!  So easy and a fully lined pocket is an awesome thing.  Zipper pocket to hold your nail file, nail clippers and buffer.
I think I may have over-stabilized the lining and the outer but I still like how it turned out.  I'll try to find better stabilizer for the next one.  
Did I mention I'm in the Rainbow Mini Swap, too?  Guess I'll need two of these.  I hope my partner is half as pleased as I am with this one.

Have you joined any fun swaps lately?  

I missed out on another Open Wide Pouch swap (it filled up before I could join).  I considered the villains swap but couldn't settle on a suitable villain; I just like too many bad guys/gals.  I thought about a fabric swap, but step one was to "buy 3 yards of fabric."  I'm on a fabric diet so that one was right out.


    This is a fun little swap on flickr. But I too can find I get overcommitted on swaps, unfortunately I have had some partners who aren't very chatty which is less fun. I don't think I'll give them up anytime soon though.

  2. I am new to the swapping game. So far I've had a pretty positive experience! Only one person hasn't followed through with me but I'm okay with that! I've been swapping with a small-ish group on Facebook. :)


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