Here's a quick picture tutorial on how to mail your packages for a fabric swap.
Your package must include...
- the fabric squares in a plastic baggy. Protects them if envelope gets wet in mailing.
- 2 envelopes...one address to the host of the swap (Karen at Sew Many Ways) and another envelope addressed to the swapper.
- the envelope addressed back to the swapper must have appropriate amount of stamps on it to get it mailed back to you or include the money for Sew Many Ways to mail it back to swapper.
Fabric in Zip Lock Bags.
I strongly suggest FLAT RATE PRIORITY ENVELOPES.
- I live in Rhode Island and most swappers seem to be from the mid west or the west.
- this is the fast shipping 2-3 days
- and weight or destination are not a factor in flat rate envelopes
- envelope must say FLAT RATE
- flat rate is $4.95
The second envelope is addressed back to the swapper.
This is IMPORTANT. You can either send me the $4.95 and I will put the postage on when I mail it back to you...or
The only other option is to put a $4.95 cent stamp on there or a combo of stamps that equal $4.95. They do have $4.95 stamps...I called the post office.
You can not put a METERED MAIL sticker on the envelope going back to the swapper, because it will have your state and a date on it. I will be mailing it from my state.
In the envelope addressed to Sew Many Ways, you will place your fabric, the folded envelope addressed to the swapper and the money if needed.
If you would rather mail it First Class, make sure the correct amount is on the second envelope and the post office weighs it for you. They will factor in that the package has a thickness of more than a 1/4 inch...that's extra.
This is for all swappers in the United States. ALL INTERNATIONAL swappers will get a separate email from me with the shipping cost back to your country. Remember...the easiest way for me to pay for international shipping is for international swappers to pay me through PAYPAL...unless you have access to US funds.
Hope this helps,