Monday, April 19, 2010

pretty pockets swap **closed**

I've been thinking about this swap for some time now, and I'm excited to finally be presenting it to you. :) I've made a few of these pocket organizers before, and I need an excuse to make more.
See pocket organizers I've made here.

The idea of the swap is to make a pretty pocket organizer and fill it with things your partner will love...

Here are the rules:

1. Sign up for the swap by sending me an email {Jessrodarte(at)verizon(dot)net} by May 3rd or until we reach a maximum of 50 participants.
In your email, please include the following: your name, mailing address, email address, blog or Flickr address (you must have one of either to join), and a list of your likes/dislikes (please be thorough! It's easier to to put a package together when there is an extensive list of likes).

2. The first step is to make a pocket organizer in a patterned fabric your partner will like. Each organizer must have at least 3 pockets. You are encouraged to sew, but if you have another creative way of putting them together, you are welcome to do that, as well. The size of the organizer is up to you, but no smaller than 8 1/2" by 11".

Need ideas? Look at these pretty pockets Heather (at Pretty Petals) made and kindly allowed me to share with you. Heather also passed along a valuable tip. She says that using linen fabric is an easier way to sew these pockets together especially if you're a novice sewer.

3. Once you make the organizer, you will fill the pockets with pretty things- they can be vintage or not depending on what your partner likes, but make sure you know what your partner likes!

Ideas for your organizers include: pretty papers, buttons (a personal favorite), ribbons/lace, charms, tags, fabric, flowers/millinery, handmade delights, etc.

You may want to stick with a theme if your partner says she likes something in particular. Themed packages are always so pretty.
Please don't include things to destash/declutter your crafty space. This is not that kind of swap.

4. Spend no more than $20. Handmade is a wonderful alternative to spending though. Send your pretty pockets to your partners no later than May 31th.

Once you've completed your packages, don't forget to take pictures and post them on the Pretty Pockets Swap Flickr group.

Sound easy enough? If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

PS. Feel free to use the button on your blog!

One more thing, I am accepting international swappers, but to keep the shipping costs low, I will be pairing up international swappers with each other.


  1. Those are lovely! I just e-mailed you.

  2. OOH why do you throw these beautiful things in front of me! OY I am still trying to work the new sewing machine here. It wont move the fabric unless I push it.. HMMM lol But I soo wanna join, just need to make sure I get the hang of this thing before I commit!! 80)

  3. I'm going to have to make me a pocket organizer ;) thanks for posting!

  4. I just adore these pretty pockets! I'll email you :)

  5. Love Love.......

    Just sent email.

    Ruth ;)

  6. What a fantastic swap idea - love all the pockets!! I've just sent you my details Jessica.

  7. Your pretty pockets are really beautiful.

  8. I am SO in Jessica!
    I'm about to fly out and I'm almost late but I wanted to stop in and let you know yes that I wanna join in the fun too!!!!! I love love LOVE these and I'm working on some already!

    I will email you sometime this weekend while I'm in Savannah (if I get a breather) or as soon as I get home.

    I'm so excited!!!! This will be a lovely swap Jessica...I'm so honored to be in it :) Thanks for hosting it.

    ps...I cured my commando problem...all is well, whew!!!! :)))
    You are such a hoot!

  9. hi jessica...thanks for your kind words on my blog..glad you liked the petite bird-themed swap boxes. weren't they stunning? i am going over some of YOUR swap boxes from the past in your blog and think they are just lovely!

  10. My goodness, Jessica! The pocket you created is so gorgeous. I love that color combination. :) Wish I knew how to sew!!! Theresa

  11. I am certainly tempted, what a good idea for a swap!

  12. Hey, This is Bridget Too!

    I cannot wait to hear back from you about the swap. I trust you got my list of 100 things I love and two things I don't!!!
    I'm ready to start sewing!

  13. I think this is amazing!! and looks super fun!!!
    Spring is always a super time of year to do something like this!! So Inspiring!!
    On your mark.. get set!.... start sewing!!! ..........


  14. is this open to international bloggers??

  15. These pockets are fabulous! Do you know I got a sewing machine in February and I still haven't taken the packaging stickers off?! I don't know what I'm waiting for...possibly this?!

  16. I have been so busy lately, but just can't miss this one!! I'll be emailing you shortly!

  17. ughehhh. why do you taunt me so?!
    I desperately want to join this swap now...
    *Must. Not. Join. Another. Swap.. Too. Busy*

    If i were to join, would it be possible to get another partner in england?

  18. I'm from England too will I do? This is the first swap I have come across which I can join in. Sending you my details asap.

  19. Ooo' Mrs. A, I live in Hampshire too!
    Im typing out the email now, hopefully I wont be too late.

  20. jessica:) i just found your comment on an older post of mine; i have comment moderation on for those >14 days...too many weird, anonymous comments:( so thank you very much for inviting me to join your swap...i have to pass, but i truly appreciate you thinking of me! it means a lot...