Friday, September 18, 2009


I think swapbot and I need to see other people. I always look at new swaps and think they look like fun, but it turns out to be a bit of a pain to get things out on time. Even worse, looking back over the swaps that I've done, I see that there wasn't a single one where I received something that I liked as much as what I sent out. So really, the only thing that I liked about it was getting ideas for things to make.

Like this messenger bag. I made it for a swap that called for a monochromatic package. My partner requested orange. I had some orange corduroy pieces that I bought from someone on Craigslist, and I paired it with some brown and yellow from my stash:

(That's the bag inside out)

This bag is on my sewing list now because I love how it turned out and I need one for myself. Thing is, I never would have thought of making it without the challenge of making something orange that someone else might like. I tried applique for the first time on this project, as well.

(As you can see...)

So if I break up with swapbot, where am I going to find challenges like this?


  1. Oh man, I totally know what you mean! I did one handmade swap, and I spent a LOT of time making a little quiltie, and I got a pretty simple (and not well-crafted) apron in return. It was disheartening. But then again, like you said, I would have probably never tried the quiltie without having that swap!

    It seems like the Flickr swaps are a lot more high quality, from what I've seen (I haven't tried one yet). Maybe it's just knowing that pictures will be shown. :-)

  2. and then if you break up with swapbot I won't get cool presents modeled after your crazy swap challenges :D

  3. I've done a flickr swap for a doll quilt and it was quite good, although you do get a bit jealous that you didn't get one of your absolute favorites!

    Perhaps you could keep checking swapbot, mentally join a swap and aim to make it by the due date and give it to your self? :)