Well, apart from wrapping and crossing fingers that it comes in under 500g when it gets to the Post Office (US Post has a new rule that they charge an extra $9 "for customs" if parcels are over 500g. Grrrrrr....)
After I finished making this, I emailed Joann Swanson, who originally provided the pattern in the August 1991 issue of Nutshell News, to thank her.
I love the twenty first century: Joann now has a blog and contacting her is easy peasy!
(*Just in case you're worried: there's a lot more to it than this!)