The Handmade Swap Australia – It’s finally here!!!!!

After several months of hard work, I am pleased to announce that The Handmade Swap has finally launched. The Handmade Swap is an organised craft swap for Australia – it’s like secret santa for crafters only 5 times a year!

Once you join, we will email you 5 times a year your recipients name and address and a little bit about them. You then craft something special for them, pop it in the post by the closing date, and wait patiently for your own handmade gift to arrive!

So for all you crafty folk out there, if you want to receive handmade gifts 5 times a year head over to www.handmadeswap.com and become a member. Our first swap kicks off on 1st July, so sign up by 30th June to participate in our very first swap. Use the coupon JUNE13 to get $5.00 off the joining fee.

A Very Special Mothers Day Memory Quilt

It was Mothers Day here in Australia about four weeks ago. And this Mothers Day I was actually ready and waiting with my handmade present for my Mum on the day! It’s taken about 2 years to make, but worth every minute.

My grandmother passed away about 2 years ago, and I managed to keep a few of her favourite pieces of clothing. I then re purposed these into a beautiful quilt for my Mother for Mothers Day this year. It was a double whammy gift for her as it was from her daughter as well as her Mother which was really special.

First I sorted all the clothes by colour palate and chose a selection of garments that were in similar tones. I then cut a lot (63 to be exact) of 10 inch squares and some 5 inch squares. I sewed the 5 inch squares into groups of 4 to make 10 inch squares.

I then joined the squares, 7 squares wide and 9 squares long, a total of 63 (10 inch squares) in total. I used a wool batting and a flannel backing and tied the quilt at 4 inch intervals with wool. I then bound the quilt with bias binding.

The quilt is a single bed size, but would also look great as a splash of colour across the bottom of a king size bed.

My Mum was thrilled with the quilt. I think she appreciated the use of her Mums clothes in a very practical way that can serve as a constant reminder of her Mum. My kids loved cuddling up it and agreed it felt like a hug from their Great Grandma which was also really lovely.

So next a close friend or loved one passes away, before you donate all those clothes to charity, consider saving a few pieces to make a beautiful quilt that will honour their memory for years to come. It can make a really personal and sentimental gift for a grieving loved one.