FanU Cotton Swap – Sign-up Day

Today is the day to sign-up for the FanU Cotton Swap!

To Sign-up, simply comment below with your email and mailing address. (I’ll erase those before approving your comment, so the whole world doesn’t have that info.) You can also email me or send me a message on Facebook.

sewing group

What is a Swap?

This is a chance for to exchange fabric with a small group of people. Each group will have 8 people exchanging pieces of fabric. All you need is a half yard of fabric and envelops along with your copy of Fanciful Utility.

To Participate:

1: Sign Up Day! On sign-up day, groups will be assigned on a first-in basis; the first eight will be the first swap group, second eight in the second group, etc.

Cotton Sign-Up Day: July 15 Silk Sign-Up Day: August 19 Crazy Sign-Up Day: September 23

2: Mail-Out Day: Place a 9×9″ piece of fabric suited to the mid-19th century in envelopes for each of the 7 other people in your swap group, stamp them (be sure to double check at the post office, but the small 9×9″ pieces should mail in a regular envelope with a normal stamp), and send them off no later than the Mail-Out Day. Cotton Mail-Out Day: July 23 Silk Mail-Out Day: August 26 Crazy Mail-Out Day: September 30

3: Get Fanciful! Use your Fanciful Utility templates and techniques to make a project from the book, or copy your own from 19th century sources. We’ll all look forward to seeing your projects! You don’t have to sew right away, but don’t keep us waiting forever to see all the fun things!

(If you need a copy of Fanciful Utility, you can purchase them from the publisher at

Fabric Guidelines:

  1. For the cotton and silk categories, your fabric should be mid-nineteenth century appropriate. (If there is a want for an earlier or later group, we can do that.) Prints and motifs should reflect those available in the 1840s, 50s and 60s. Cotton should be 100% cotton. Silk should be 100% silk.
  2. To keep the swap and sewing possibilities interesting, please avoid solids as best we can.
  3. Fabrics that do not work well for sewing cases should not be swapped. These include sheers, gauzes, heavy, thick, easy-to-fray, slippery and stretch fabrics.
  4. For the “crazy swap” category, think crazy quilt in a sewing case. This could include satins, velvets, textured fabrics. Quality synthetic fabrics are invited.


Yes, you can participate in 1, 2 or 3 of the swaps.

Yes, if we end up with multiple groups, you can participate in more than one group to swap more fabric. If you participate in 2 groups, you should swap 2 fabrics.

Yes, you can swap large and small scale prints.

Yes, you can swap now and sew later.

Yes, we would love to see what you’ve made with the swapped fabric.

Yes, you can use your own fabric in your swapped project.

Published in: on July 15, 2013 at 6:00 am  Comments (12)  

12 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Ashley – You are in!

  2. ready to sew… Miss Rosie

  3. Ready to go….very excited about this! Sent you a Facebook PM with some questions also.

  4. I’m excited!

  5. Please count me in!

  6. I’m in.

  7. I’d like to participate please.

  8. I would be happy to participate in a few groups. I have bolts of cottons to choose from! This is a fantastic idea, thank you for suggesting it.

  9. I would like to participate in groups 1, 2, and 3. I am so excited!

  10. Hi Beth. I think you mean swap 1, 2 and 3 (cotton, silk and crazy). I’m adding you to group 2 of the cotton swap, this round. I’ll need you mailing address for the group sheet. (If you comment with it, I’ll be able to grab & delete it before it posts.)


  11. I’d like to participate in the next cotton swap. Thank you.

  12. Hi Sami, The next swap we are doing is a modern one for Christmas. That sign-up is Dec 1st. The one after that is January 1st.

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