Getting Ready for the Sewing Expo: Sewing Swap

I’m getting excited for our trip to the Original Sew & Quilt Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois! While there’s still quite a while until the Expo itself, the Sew News team is busy prepping for all the exciting events we’ll be running and/or participating in at the show. This week, I’ve been working on something for the sewing swap.

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Can you guess what it’s going to be? It’s pretty mysterious, especially at this stage, but I’ll give you a hint — I found it in the August 2017 issue of BurdaStyle. I won’t say any more because I want it to be a surprise for whoever gets it in the swap!

We’re running the swap on three separate days, and my goal is to make something for each day. The projects don’t have to be complicated, so I’m pretty confident I can do it before the end of September.

If you’re coming to OSQE in Schaumburg on September 28, 28 and/or 30 and would like to participate in the swap, it’s pretty simple. Make a something that you’d love to receive (no white elephants, please!) out of materials costing no more than $15. There are a lot of great little items that are fun options for something like this, like zippered pouches, pillowcases, a small purse or clutch,mug rug, mini quilt, sewing machine cover, softie, apron, or a placemat/napkin set.

Put your swap item in a plain, unembellished paper bag. Include a tag with your name and state — and if you’d like to make a new friend, include your email address, too. Bring it to the Sew News booth at 11:30 am, or drop it off anytime before then. We’ll do the swap at 11:30, but if you can’t be there, don’t worry — you can come by the booth later to pick up your new swap item.

For everyone’s comfort and convenience, please make sure the items will fit in a brown paper lunch or grocery bag (remember some people — like me — may be flying home and need to fit the item in their luggage), are free of pet hair and are from a non-smoking home.

Not sure what to make? We’ve got a great collection of possibilities at sewdaily.com/osqe. Check it out even if you can’t come to the expo — a lot of the items would make great quick gifts and hey, it’s just about time to start crafting for the holidays anyway!

I’ll be giving an update on my swap sewing closer to the actual expo date. In the meantime, You can find all the swap info on the OSQE webpage, and you can visit the Schaumburg events page for more about the fun stuff we’ll be doing while we’re there.

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I hope you’ll come — we’d love to see you!

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