Stitch ‘n Swap – a Book Review


This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme, and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts.

Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic tenets of the hottest sewing community activity – The Swap! In this how-to book, the GenQ team gives you ideas for organizing and running your own virtual or in-person swap. To help get you started, the team recruited some crafty friends to share 25 inspiring projects. All the projects can be easily adapted to your taste, style, and skill level. Whether you’re looking to have fun, learn new things, or exchange some fabulous gifts with friends, Stitch ’n Swap is your go-to resource.

Aren't these pincushions adorable??

Stitch ‘n Swap also has 25 projects with complete directions, including pattern pieces where necessary.  There is everything from quick hot drink pouches to stitching accessories to diaper clutches to wall quilts to monsters, each perfect for a swap or a gift in its own way.

One of my favourite project ideas – Modern Broken Dishes table set

Many of the projects have a special note at the end with tips for making the specific project work for an in-person or online swap.

sewing machine cover

Stitch ‘N Swap‘s projects cover a large variety of sewing styles and techniques, including quilting, curved piecing, wool felting, hand embroidery, paper piecing, applique, free motion quilting.

tea cozy

After reviewing this great book, I just had to try out one of the irresistible projects!  The other day I was just lamenting how my second cup of French press coffee is always lukewarm – the perfect solution is this cute press cozy!

coffee press cover

The instructions are clear and easy to follow, with directions for customizing to fit your specific French press.


This Riley Blake texty print is actually from a swap I participated in a while ago – quite apropos! My fun little cozy reverses to this adorable blue & white polkadot.


A single row of topstitching all around the cozy and a double row around the top and bottom in the same blue finishes it nicely.


This book would make a great gift for another crafter in your life, it could be the start of your first swap, it could hold the pattern for that last Christmas gift you need to make!

You can buy the Stitch N Swap book in paperback or as an e-book here on Amazon:

recycling old placemats

Book review for Stitch and Swap.  Filled with 25 small sewing projects to enjoy and then gift or sew and swap with others.  How to run a sewing swap included too.

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I’m Laura and I blog at Crafty Hour about my handmades for my family and myself. I love God, my family, and sewing, knitting, crocheting, a little spinning – basically anything fabric or fibre realted!


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Brenda Thompson
Brenda Thompson

Thanks, Laura. I’ll definitely check it out. Looks like an interesting book.