Schaumburg, IL

Sew News Project Swap



Share your love of sewing with others when you use your favorite fabrics and make a small item at home to swap at the Expo. You can choose one of the FREE patterns below, or something similar – whatever you’d like to receive in a swap is perfect. Just wrap your project in a plain brown paper bag, without embellishment but including a tag with your name and state (include an email address if you’d like a new pen pal).


Bring your swap item to the Sew News - BurdaStyle booth at 11:30am Thursday, Friday or Saturday for swap instructions and reveal hosted by Ellen March & the SewDaily and BurdaStyle editors. If you’re unable to make it during that time, drop off your bag to the booth anytime before 11:30am and come by the booth later to pick up your new swap item.



  • Spending limit for supplies: $15
  • Make something you’d love to receive – this is not the place for white elephants. Here are some ideas: Small items that are easily transportable such as a pillow case/cover, zippered pouch, small purse or clutch, mug rug, mini quilt, sewing machine cover, softie, apron, placemat/napkin set. 
  • Please make sure the project/fabric is free from pet hair and from a non-smoking home. The finished item should fit in a brown paper lunch bag or grocery bag. 
  • Need ideas for what to make? Find the ten free patterns below at 

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