Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


A Crafty Swap - An Owl, A Needlebook & A Pocket Letter

I have recently posted off my first ever crafty swap. I love sending off pretty packages and making things for other people, so when I saw the Papered Threads Swap on instagram, hosted by Veronica of Vivid Felicity, I signed up! My swap partner Susi of Tiny Toffee designs is all the way over in Germany. This swap was supposed to be a Christmas one, but knowing that our exchanged parcels would never arrive it time given the distance (I'm in Australia!) we decided to go with a woodland theme.

The challenge was to make a pocket letter and a christmas ornament. I had never heard of a pocket letter before the swap, it took me a little bit of research to find the necessary ingredients! The main one being the actual plastic sleeve to make the pocket letter out of. A pocket letter is made using a plastic slip, divided into nine pockets. I found that the slip commonly used for this purpose is a trading card sleeve. It took me a bit to locate some and I purchased a set off Ebay.

The nine individual pockets are then filled with lovely things - mostly paper craft and scrapbooking style items, however after having a look around and doing a little bit of searching on Pinterest it seems to greatly depend on your style. As the sleeves are made for trading card folders, they can be collected and kept in a folder or album if you choose. I was half thinking of making a pocket letter journal for 2016 - one sleeve for every month.

I can't share the pictures of the finished pocket letter yet as I want it to be a bit of surprise for Susi.To go with the package I also hand stitched a sweet owl ornament using 100% wool felt and some vintage Lecien flower sugar fabric. I have wanted to make a Nana Company needlebook for what feels like forever too so I finally printed out the instructions and set about making one for my swap. I am only just learning patchwork and working with 1.5 inch squares was tricky. I pretty much handstitched all over the entire thing and put a little surprise inside on the pages! A crocheted granny square coaster went into the package and one other little gift that I will leave as a surprise for Susi.

I hope she loves her package, I had so much fun making the swap!

Lovely Links:

More on Pocket Letters

The pattern that inspired my owl ornament!

Nana Company Needlebook

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