The last swap I did was supposed to be for a cup of tea and a letter. You get 2 partners to which you send 2 teas/packaged beverages and a letter. as long as you follow those rules, your good. However, I LOVE getting fun mail and extra special things and I honestly believe that you get what you receive, so I try to make mine special.
What I did was, I drew a teapot freehand onto a piece of paper and then cut out each section that I want to applique Like this:
Then, you pick your fabric and iron it on to stabilizer--the thicker the stabilizer, the better, especially when you have tiny swirls and corners to stitch around.
Then, you trace each piece out onto the stabilizer side of the material and cut it all out. For interest, use coordinating colors, but different fabrics for each piece.
I then take a piece of felt and tightly zigzag all the way around the piece, making sure to leave an opening at the top so you can put things into your teapot.
I also offer little things like this in my Etsy shop all pre-made for the swapper. Not everyone is crafty, but everyone loves special just-because surprises. That little something extra will make someone.s day.
Because I'm on the subject of surprises, Look what I GOT TODAY!!!!