Secret Sewist

We've had a delightful time this last month with some wonderful gift giving during this difficult time. Let's keep the kindness going and do it again!

I've so enjoyed reading everyones reactions to their gifts and even hilarious stories about how they were delivered.  Sewists really are the best people!

So let's get started....

The basics of the exchange 

  1. Register here by Sunday 7 June - you will be asked for your name and address. Annoyingly, I can't turn off the birthday question so just make it up! You can also answer a couple of questions to help your gifted choose the project. 
  2. You will receive an email from Elfster on June 8 with your match. It will include their address and other info. 
  3. Choose a project from the list below and download pattern. 
  4. Enjoy making it!
  5. Post or deliver your gift by 5 July
  6. Use #secretsewistau, #secretsewist or #secretsewistgiftexchangeau on instagram and facebook. 
  7. Follow @usefulbox on instagram to hear about swaps and dates




Sewing Machine Cover by Closet Case Patterns

The sewing machine cover pattern includes two pockets, ideal for storing a machine foot or table extension




Utility Wrap by Common Stitch

Use it to store your portable cutlery, or alternatively your knitting needles, crochet hooks or anything else you can imagine!

This pattern does cost $2. However, 100% of the cost goes to an Australian Charity. 




Cross back Apron by Tessuti


This tunic-style cross back apron is easy to sew and comfortable to wear. It features a square neck, wide straps and a large, practical front pocket.





Who can participate?

Everyone, at any sewing level, is welcome to join. However, as we in the infancy of this exchange, let's keep it simple and keep it to Australian participants only. Plus the postman is under a bit of pressure at the moment.  

How do I find my match?

Elster will send you an email with your match and their details.  Please check your spam folder just in case. 

How can I see the answers to their questions?

On a computer desktop: Click on the link from your email to see your match.  Click on the view wishlist button. Scroll down on the left and click Secret Q & A.  Along the top are 3 options, click Answered and you will find you match's preference and instagram handle!

On mobile: On the top right, click More.

Sewing levels

All of us are at different stages in our sewing - beginners or seasoned sewists.  This project is about connection and kindness and not about critiquing peoples sewing.  


If you register to the exchange, it is only manners to participate and send a gift by the due date as your match is looking forward to something in the post.  If you don't think you can make the item or post the item by the due date, it might be good to wait for the next round. 

You will be sent your match's address and full name.  Please be respectful of this info and don't broadcast it anyone or post on any social media. 

Delivery and Postage

How you choose to deliver or post the parcel is up to you.  You might know the person you are making for and can hand deliver it (safely of course!).  If you need to post the gift, you are responsible for all postage costs. 

Material costs

In taking part in this exchange, you are willingly making a gift for someone.  Therefore any material cost you incur is your own responsibility.

Which gift?

Your match is offered to give you their preference but it can also be a surprise.  You can even be super generous and make one of each of the pattern suggestions if you like! Each match is also asked to list their instagram so that you can stalk them and check out their style and taste. 


Registration to take part in the exchange will end on 7 June.  You will have until 5 July to make and deliver.  Then the next round of Secret Sewist gifting begins - let's ride out this lockdown with craft! 

Privacy & Emails

The registration list is run via Elfster as it's the best set up I could find.  Once you do register, they do send a few too many emails which I am afraid I can't really control. So in advance, sorry!

In terms of privacy, you will need to read their T&C's to see you agree with how they handle your info. I have checked the box to say that your details will ONLY be given to your match and they won't be shown to the whole group.

When will the next round be open for registration?

The next round and projects are TBD.

May I ask another question?

Please email me via the contact page above.

Happy sewing and gifting!

Caz xxx