Secret Valentine Exchange, because I love sewing little gifts for people AND I love getting parcels in the mail. Win, win! The recipient of my Valentine's gift, Kelley, emailed me last week to say she had received her parcel, so I can now safely show what I made for the exchange (my own gift hasn't arrived yet, but that's OK - mail is sometimes very slow around here).
For the exchange I was given some information about Kelley: she likes blue, purple, green and grey, is fond of cute animal prints (among other things) and enjoys gardening. When posting overseas I like to make things that can fit in a large envelope, because our postal charges are ridiculous once packages are deemed thick enough to be 'parcels'. So with all these things in mind, I decided to try out the Straight Stitch Society's 'forget me not' jewellery pouch pattern, which is a round pouch with several internal pockets for small jewellery items and a central space perfect for bracelets and larger items. I used a lavender-coloured linen for the main fabric and some chambray-coloured linen and spotted quilting cotton for the interior. I love the way this worked out and this pattern is definitely going to be used again and again.
previously made one for my daughter as a Valentine's gift and it's been a great little schoolbag coin purse) and one of my 'Nude Food' sandwich wrappers (tutorial here) in a doggy print. As Kelley likes gardening I added an envelope of parsley seeds from my back yard, because even if she already has parsley growing I always think it's nice to plant seeds from somewhere far away. I wrapped everything up in pieces of Chinese and Balinese calendar (one of them dates from nearly two decades ago, evidence of my serious paper-hoarding tendencies) and sent them off to California.