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Handmade Gift Exchange


As you may know, Tajana and I had a handmade gift exchange recently – I made her a WIP bag for her knitting and a matching ‘phone case, card wallet and coin purse.

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And Tajana made me……..



A beautifully knitted shawl in a totally gorgeous shade of blue and the sweetest crocheted brooch that matches perfectly.


I love them both so much – but that’s not all, she also must have spent ages embroidering this cute sheep and hen. I put it into an embroidery hoop immediately.


It now hangs in my studio to inspire me every day.


Tajana professes to be a novice when it comes to sewing, so imagine my delight when I unwrapped this to see all those tiny, perfect little stitches in such a pretty design.


For a while I wasn’t sure what to do with it but it’s far too nice to just leave as it is, and then I thought ‘lavender bag’ – ideal for my wardrobe and I will be reminded of the lovely Tajana every morning when I get dressed.

So here’s a quick run down of what I did: –

After folding the piece in half, I stitched just outside the outline and cut it out, leaving a small gap in the stitching at the shoulder edge.


It was turned to the right side and lightly filled with dried lavender.


A cut down wire coat hanger was inserted, then the opening stitched together by hand.


It’s already in my wardrobe making all my clothes smell wonderful.



Thanks a million T!

Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

36 thoughts on “Handmade Gift Exchange

  1. So many lovely things I don’t know where to start, I have watched the blog posts to se the progress of your shawl, it drapes and hangs beautifully. The embroidery pieces are delightful and I love what you did with the mannequin, it makes a perfect wardrobe lavender bag. The knitting bag fabric is so perfect with all the sheep, and all those accessories. You are both very talented and generous.

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  2. Thank you so much for your lovely words! I simply love the way you use the embroideries and I think I’m going to shamelessly copy your idea! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. How exciting,! There’s so much to love in this post. So many lovely well made gifts and every one made with thought for the recipient. You can both be proud they’re all lovely.

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  4. Absolutely all your Gift exchanges are wonderful and very lovingly and thoughtfully made for each other πŸ™‚

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  5. Such lovely gifts! The mannequin embroidery is just brilliant as is your inspired use of it.

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  6. What lovely gifts, both ways. Such a great idea for the mannequin embroidery. x

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  7. Simply charming. I think us crafty people appreciative a hand made gift even more. We know the time, effort and skill that went into each exquisite item.

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  8. Lovely, one and all! (That little lavender bag is the perfect use for the dress form embroidery) Such a nice gift swap.

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  9. What a sweet gift and SUCH a genius idea! I would have never thought to make a lavender bag!

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  10. WOW!! How special true friends can be. You both did such wonderful jobs. The victorian dress form is awesome. Heck I love them all. xxxxxxxx

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  11. What beautiful gifts. So wonderful to make for others who truly appreciate the skill and the love put into your craft.

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  12. These were lovely gifts.

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  13. What a lovely way to put special items to good use. Nice to see you receive something handmade in return for all the beautiful items you gift family and friends with.

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  14. Aren’t blogging friends just the best and cleverest people out there! Everything Tajana made is just lovely and I can just imagine your smiles as you opened each part of her gift! I just love your work in progress bag too – such a good idea!

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    • Even though I’d seen photos of them in advance, it’s not like holding the real thing in your hands when you can appreciate the time and effort put in. I was thrilled to bits with everything:)


  15. Stunning gift swap, it’s so good to make something knowing it’s going to be appreciated, well done both for choosing perfect gifts for each other πŸ˜€

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  16. What special gifts you created for one another, Tajana must be over the moon with your idea of transforming her gift into a lavender bag another cool idea of yours πŸ™‚

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  17. Hi,

    thank you for your message you left on my blog, love your work here! Would love to meet up for a coffee and chat sometimes or your crochet/craft evenings. Let me know when would be good for you.
    See you soon,
    Renata πŸ™‚


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