How to set up a Simple Craft Show Table that looks great!

How to set up a Simple Craft Show Table that looks great!

Last week I participated in a pop up craft show in downtown Pittsburgh.  Although the show was not well attended and I felt silly for not having researched it properly (the location and glamour of who was running it fooled me!) I did create a nice, simple table that I thought would be great to share.  This table would be really easy for anyone to recreate on a budget but still look professional.  For more detailed info on starting a sewing business from scratch, you can purchase my book, Sewing to Sell! 1.  Vertical shelving:  It is important that you make use of vertical space.  It catches shoppers eyes from farther away and gets your products up to their eye level.  This shelf is made using PVC pipes and joints.  PVC is cheap, easy to cut to size, sturdy and EASY TO CARRY!   To top off the shelf, I used a wooden shelf with a cute trim I found at a construction recycle place.  But you could easily use some other kind of trim to make that shelf topper look nice.  This is a 5ft long shelf and PVC set up.  This means it will fit on both an 8ft or a 6ft table. 2.  Simple table cloths:   You are going to need that space under your table to hide boxes and extra supples.  Make sure your table coverings fall all the way to the floor.  My cloth is yardage of 54” decor fabric.  It does not go all the way to the floor on the back side of the table and that grants me easy access to what I need under the table- bags (I bought these from U-line), extra business cards, snacks, etc.  I also covered the top of my table with some burlap for texture.  I like how it kinda of tones down the bright colors of all my fabrics and add an earthy base to my products. 3.  Brand Signage:  Although you can easily have signs printed by Kinkos or with some planning, Vistaprint, this banner is also an easy option.  You can either print or trace the letters of your business on paper, cut it into triangles and sew it all together with some fun trim.  This banner was supposed to be a temporary solution for me but I like how it adds some fun decor to my table.  It is important to have a name for your business!  It adds professionalism and interest.  People always come and ask “Why Gingercake?” 4.  Merchandise:  What I planned and sewed for this show had several things in mind- price, size, shape, and customer. For the price, I wanted a variety of prices- from a $15 jewelry pouch to a $65 quilted 24”...

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Day out Purses for Craft Shows 2015

Day out Purses for Craft Shows 2015

Do you remember that cute Day Out Purse I made for Sew Mama Sew last year?  They were an extra project from Sewing to Sell that I was able to share.  I made some for the holiday craft shows I did back in November and Decmeber 2015. They were fun and quick to make.  Since they are 6” x 7”, you can use some of those bright and colorful FQs you have laying around.  Also- it’s a great chance to use up some of those trims you have been saving for who knows what.  Here they are in action in my booth~ My girls were really hoping they would get one of these after the show- even though I already made them their own back when I wrote the pattern!  But, too bad for them!  These all sold.  I prices them at $22.  Since I used odds and ends to make them, and they are small, I felt like it was a fair price. You can get the COPY RIGHT FREE pattern here on Sew Mama Sew and make your own!  If you plan on selling online, I do appreciate credit for the pattern.  In the versions above, I used a magnetic snap and a zipper as alternate closing.  I also omitted the interior pocket to make them faster for the show.  ...

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2 shows! GULP… But 2 shows is not as hard as you think!

2 shows!  GULP… But 2 shows is not as hard as you think!

I applied to 2 fabulous shows in Pittsburgh this holiday season and got into both of them!  My first reaction was YAY!!!  My next reaction was OH MY GOODNESS- I have a lot of work to do.  But it’s fun work- good creative work! I found out this news several weeks ago and have already been sewing up some things- crayon holders, modern folksy kitties, market bags, etc.  I haven’t done a big show in awhile (actually, since before my book, Sewing to Sell, was released) and I am really excited to get back into all the sewing and planning involved in creating a craft booth. I thought I would share this journey with you here on the blog and give some tips and strategies along the way.  Here is the the first thing you might not know about sewing for craft shows… The shows that I am participating in are the I made it Holiday market (first time ever doing this show!!) and the Handmade Arcade.  I have participated in the handmade arcade for years and absolutely love it!  Both shows are labeled as “indie craft shows”.  This means that although traditional crafts are represented, they are presented in a more modern and edgy way.  I have never thought of myself as edgy, but I do have a modern aesthetic and the shoppers at these shows are more interested in what I sell than at a traditional craft show. The truth is, although I love meeting the other artists and spending a day talking with customers (i really do like that part!),  I don’t do these show just to socialize.  I do it to make money!  Of course, right?   What many craft show veterans know, and that you may not know, is that getting ready for ONE show is a lot of work.  But getting ready for 2 shows is only about 1/4 more work than getting ready for one. How can this be?  First, at a good show, you sell about 1/2 of your inventory.  So, if I count on selling 1/2 of my stuff, I don’t have to sew twice as much for 2 shows- I have to sew only about 1.5X as much.  For example, to prepare for one show, I might sew 6 kitty pillows.  To prepare for 2 shows, I would sew 9, not 12!  Or, to prepare for one show, I might sew 3 large duffle bags.  But to prepare for 2 shows, I will sew 5.   Make sense? But preperation for a craft show is not just about sewing (or knitting, or embroidering, etc).  Planning you booth, pricing everything, and getting your promotional material together takes quite a bit of time and...

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Hello Hoops

Hello Hoops

For my Handmade Arcade back in December, I made these fun Hello Hoops.  I have been buying hoops from the thrift store for years.  They are irresistable, no?  I am on a thrift store diet currently, but I still have my stock pile of hoops just waiting for something cute.   I printed out "hello" in a nice font (i think it was little days) and then taped it to the window and put my fabric on top of it to trace it.   For some reason I always just thought of embroidery on white fabric so I liked the freedom on using bright solids instead.  I used my favroite chain stitch to outline the word except on this one below I tried out a rope stitch which was fun too.   I wrapped the outside hoop in 1'' strips of colorful fabric.  I ripped the strips and then just applied paste to the hoop before I wrapped them.  This way of finishing the hoops came from here.  I think the fabirc wrapping really finishes the look and brings the colors together. The "hi" signs were obviously done the same way!  These were a fun addition to my regular bags and pillows in my booth AND I could make them while watching movies and a marathon of The Good Wife with the hubs in the weeks before the show.  After working out the kinks on the first couple, I was able to make them really fast.  I sold them for $15 to $20.  What have you found to do with your stash of hoops?  I know you have some tucked away in your craft...

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Thank You and Handmade Arcade 2013

Thank You and Handmade Arcade 2013

Novemeber was a fantastic month for Gingercake (aka moi).  I can't tell you how much I loved seeing all the beautiful things my sewing friends made with Gingercake patterns.  It was wonderful.  I realized that here on the blog I never shared our last (but certainly not least!) Gift series sewer.  Jessica from A Little Gray made an On the Go Organizer! Her fabric combinations are the coolest, huh?   Thank you so much to all the sewers in the holiday gift series!   I did sew all the month of November for my show I do here in Pittsburgh called the Handmade Arcade.  I love doing this show so much!  It is edgy and hip and not your mama's typical craft show.  You can guess that all my pink stuff is pretty tame in comparison to lots of the other vendors!  I am honored they keep letting me participate every year.  Here are some photos of my 2013 booth~ Some new characters!  Did you notice?  More to come about the fox, owls, backpacks, patchwork bibs, and house pillows in the near future.   This last photo of the bargain bin was the biggest surprise for me at for this show.  People LOVED the bargain bin.  I explained that these were gently used, trial sewing and things with spots.  People bought all but 1 thing in there!  I couldn't believe they wanted that old stuff!  I was happy to see it go (and maybe you will recognize things from old posts in there!) since I didn't want it anymore but didn't want to give it goodwill.  It cracked me up to see all those bargain shoppers!  I loved watching them all go to good homes where they would be appreciated...

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Bunnies and Price Tags

Bunnies and Price Tags

Another new thing I made for the handmade arcade was some small bunnies.  Perfect for a little extra gift for a baby shower or (of course) in the easter basket next spring.  To me bunnies are equally baby as much as they are easter so I figured a few for this December show wouldn't hurt!  Plus, they are super cute and I couldn't resist making a few of them. If you already own this quick and easy pattern, just print out your pattern pieces at 65% percent.  Also, you will need to adjust the "toe" to make it poke out about an inch less- without this change, it looks really sharp.  I did a simple tie instead of the bow like on the big version and I left the embroidered eye off. Also, these are the price tags I am using now.  They are nothing fancy but I figured if you are looking for tag ideas, this may work for you as well as it does for me.  I just used a paper punch from Michaels and with some trial and error, made a word (actually I used Pages on my mac) document on a standard sheet of paper.  You can fit about 24 logos per sheet of paper.  I just punched out the logo and then punched a small hole for the safety pin.  I put my prices on the back.  Simple, cute and cheap! Come and see me tomorrow if you are in Pittsburgh!  I would love to meet you!   Related articles Handmade Gifts from Friends Newborn Baby Gowns Sewing Tutorial More About the Pom Pom Owl...

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More About the Pom Pom Owl Purses

More About the Pom Pom Owl Purses

This weekend I am doing the Handmade Arcade again.  This will be my 4th time doing the show!  Before you think I am total nut doing a craft show only a few weeks after having a baby, I made all my stuff back in Septmeber and I am happily resisting the urge to sew a single other item before the show.  It feels so wierd to have a show in only 2 days and not doing any last minute stressy sewing.  When I say wierd, I mean it feels really great! This time I made all my owl bags with pom poms for the show.  Remember this cute bag?  I worked out how to make it easier by tacking the pom poms on with steam a seam light.  This was great and made the process much faster.  You have to cut the steam a seam into sections to get around the curve.  Once the poms poms are attached, then you sew the 2 sides together and DO NOT trim your seams down.  The last time I trimmed my seams and ended up with several poms poms falling off and it's pretty tedious sewing those little suckers back on by hand.   Also,  Vanessa let me preview her brilliant new photography ebook a couple of weeks ago.  I really recommend it to help you take photos of your sewn creations.  She talks quite a bit about staging and photo editing.  These tips are simple and useful!  To show some of the "behind the scenes" I took a picture of my staging to share with you… I use the hooks for the towels in the bathroom.  The backdrop is the coat closet by my front door.  I open my front door to get better light (even though it was 27 degrees outside!).  This is my best location to get a wider shot of my creations even though the natural light is only mediocre. The first photo I lightened up in PSE and second I just did in my iphoto.  I had to really work on all those shadows! Vanessa is giving away a copy of her ebook for sew mama sew giveaway day so head over to her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win!     Related articles Boppy Cover Newborn Baby Gowns Sewing Tutorial Tiny Fork Pom Pom's Winter...

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Show Hangover but it was worth the Party!

Show Hangover but it was worth the Party!

I have pictures to show you of my shows!  They were so fun and exhausting.  I loved talking to all the people and meeting the vendors.  It really takes months to prepare for these and now that it is over I feel like I have a bit of a hangover!  I am sorta dazed.  I had a great day yesterday doing almost nothing and today was not much different.   (warning!  these pictures are mostly from my phone and not the best but they are better than nothing!) Here is me at my first show in Atlanta, Marist Holiday Traditions… I went to Marist for high school and it was so funny to set up my booth in the old gym.  It still smells the same!  This show was big- 240 vendors in 4 different areas around the Marist campus.  My Mom, Linda (on the left) and my Aunt Mary Ann (on the right) were so helpful and patient!   My mom helped me sew on buttons and finish up carolers.  She took me shopping for something cute to wear and took me Micheals for last minute price tag making.  She also helped me at the booth almost the whole day along with my sister Katie and my niece Sarah Kate.  Thanks Mom!!  Aunt Mary Ann also took me to Micheals (a second trip!), helped price everything and helped set up the booth.  It was so fun to do this with my family and have them be a part of the event since I do the Handmade Arcade without them up here in Pittsburgh and besides my sister, they have never seen my sewing items all together in a booth. We searched through Mom's basement and found baskets, a trellis for my owl purses, and all sorts of useful props.  My sister (thank you Katie!) arrived with more baskets and cute props and in the end, we put together a really cute booth.  Inspite of the yellow cinder block gym walls! The usual suspects were the best sellers at the Marist show- crayon folios & owls!   Thank you so much to my family and friends down in ATL for all their help and support.  We had a great time together and the show was fun and successful.   After that wonderful weekend with family and friends, I came home and sewed liked crazy.  My poor children.  Cal would ask for a snack and I would say " you're a big boy now!  You can look in the pantry for some crackers!"  He watched more TV last week than I have ever allowed any of my children to watch.  I had some major guilt happening.  Of course, the weather...

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Kitty Cat Princess Hat and Show Details

Kitty Cat Princess Hat and Show Details

Anne chose to be a kitty Cat princess for Halloween.  Suuuu weeet!  Dress up bin accesories, thrifted pink taffeta gown (which was so pretty and well made!!) and I made a cute fleece kitty hat. This hat was so simple.  I am planning to make a couple more for my baby nieces as christmas presents.  It is basically a rectangle of fleece with the sides sewn together and then the ears are made by sewing the curve of the head.  I also put a dart in the middle to make it more head shaped. I am hoping to get a quick tutorial made for this after I am finished with my shows!  Who is intersted in making more kitty hats with me??? This coming weekend I will be in Atlanta for Marist Holiday Traditions.  Marist was my High School and they do a really lovely show every november.  I get to visit my parents and sister while doing my show!!  Please come and see me if you live in the Atlanta area!   Next weekend, Novemeber 12th, I will back in Pittsburgh and doing the handmade arcade again.  LOVE the Handmade arcade.  It is so cool and I feel so fortunate to be involved again.  It will be their biggest and best show yet so be sure to come if you live close by! Whoo Hoo!!  Novemeber here we come.  Everybody ready to sew up some cute stuff for the...

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Hooped Bird Ornaments

Hooped Bird Ornaments

Sheesh!  I know it's been a while.  I haven't felt too inspired to write about my work the past week.  But this morning I made these mini embroidery hoop ornaments and I am in love with how fun they were to make and FINALLY I was interested in doing a blog post! I have been thinking and thinking about these hoops that I found at a thrift store.  I love all thes cute creations people are making with embroidery hoops (examples are this, this, this, and this!)   I used scraps and I tried not to think too much about coordinating fabrics.  I have discovered that I like my fabric combinations better when i just go with my gut quickly.  It is interesting what you come up with when you trust your instincts (of course I like some better than others!).  I played around a little with some different bird shapes and then finally decided on this one. I added wonder under to the bird shapes.  That was the first thing I did and then composed the branch and background next.  I used all cotton fusible interfacing to make the background fabric more sturdy.  The branch fabric is just a simple brown, without interfacing, that I free motion sewed on.  I wanted to get that sketched look and I knew the edges to fray a little for extra texture.  I backed the hoop with thick brown craft paper that I glue gunned on. I am anxious to try this with my bigger hoops.  Maybe a triangular tree that is kinda reminiscent of Christmas but also wintery?  It's really a fun little canvas to work on if you are looking for something different to do with your sewing machine! Email me if you have more questions about how to make one yourself.  The cool thing about this project though is that there is no right or wrong way to do it!  These will go in my booth at the Handmade arcade in a few weeks!...

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Zippy Bird Pouch

Zippy Bird Pouch

Hi all.  I have been spending my time sewing away to get ready for these shows I am doing in Novemeber.  This means I am not doing too many new things to share with you here on the blog.  I don't like just showing pictures of things of that you have already seen!  BORING.  But I do have something new that I spent a couple days trying to figure out and that turned out to be really cute. Zippered pouches made from the Katie Bird Pattern.  This was a suggestion made to me by a person I met at the handmade arcade last spring.  I loved the idea and have been waiting for the right moment to make some.  They are so cute.  THEY WERE A HUGE PAIN TO MAKE.  I don't know if I am missing something basic or what but the lightbulb that usually goes off in my head and translates a project into easy instructions simply did not work this time.   My seam ripper worked really hard for me the last few days.  Thank you seam ripper!  Why would this project be a pain in the neck?  For some reason, it was hard to keep the shape of the bird looking good while still putting in a zipper and a liner.   I may come back to this project over the winter and see if I can make it simpler!  It should be simple, right?  I did love the way I made the wing this time around.  People asked for the big Katie Birds at my last show so I made a couple and did the wing the same way as I did the pouches.  These big ones are so fast and easy! Here is a picture of Katie Birds being love birds.  AWWWW.  cuteness. And again from a different funky angle. The wing is cool, huh?   Of course the cute AnnKelle and Joel Dewberry fabric always help too!...

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Sewing a Stack

Sewing a Stack

I wish my mystery project was a pieced quilt (I wish I knew how to do a pieced quilt like that!) but it was just a big batch of crayon folios and mini folios. I have decided to do a couple more shows this fall.  I feel conflicted about this since I much prefer creating patterns and sewing new things but a good craft show experience is pretty helpful also. First of all- it is a nice bit of cash before the holidays!  Also, it is wonderful to meet people and see their reaction to my sewing.  I get a really good feel for what people like and through talking to them I get some great new ideas.  My sewing skills get an excellent work out and I find all sorts of ways to improve my patterns and how to simplify instructions.  Those things are more valuable than any $$ I might make! Plus, my sister(yeah!  she is going to help ma again) and I get to hang out for a whole day together without our children 🙂 All that said, I am not really set up for heavy duty sewing over here.  But I have learned to get pretty well prepared with what I do have and I thought I might share a little about my process.  To start, here is my sewing machine… My mom bought it for me when I was 15.  My friend Jennifer and I decided we wanted to sew a dress for ourselves and my mother took me to the local Hancocks fabric Store and we bought this together.  It was not the most expensive but it was pretty nice.  I can remember feeling excited and happy that she would get me such a nice gift on just an ordinary day.  Jennifer and I never completed our dresses and I felt like I had let my mom down by not using the machine enough.  I didn't use it again until I was 28 and we bought our first home.  I'm sure she is happy with the investment now though! Back to the sewing machine… It only has a few stitches and I really only use the straight stitch (mostly 6 unless I am doing a ruffle and then I do a 7), and the zig zag.  I have made enough in pattern sales to justify purchasing a new, fancy sewing machine.  But I like this old gal – she is simple and reliable.  I feel like I can explain sewing in a simple way on my machine and that is important to me- If I can sew and create on this machine with just my few stitches than anyone can do it! Before...

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Productivity and the LYLB Winners

Productivity and the LYLB Winners

The pattern winners are choosen!  They are Leah, thewench, & Charlotte.  I'll be emailing you with the pattern later this morning.  Did you all read all the great info about packing lunches in the comments section the last post?  I loved it!  I am going to try packing some tortilla rolls, hummus, veggies & dip, and leftovers this year for sure.  You guys are MUCH better lunch packers than me! Now, don't be overly impressed with my productivity but I have opened another etsy shop that will feature my items that are already sewn up and ready to go.  The following pictures may lead you to believe that I can rewrite patterns and sew up 16 new items with little effort and 3 children in tow but, sadly, this is not true.  The items were done months ago (for the handmade arcade!) and now I am finally putting them in this new shop. I realized that when I posted a sewn item in my regular etsy shop, it was hidden by all the pattern action, so I thought this would be a better solution.  No sales yet but I have gotten several requests to make special orders.  I am such a grump though that I hate special orders- all that emailing back and forth and then being under the gun to get it done in a reasonable amount of time.  I know, I am such a baby!  Anywho, if you want to make special orders of my patterns, email me and I will send these fine customers your way and then everyone will be happy!   To give myself a little pat on the back for opening the etsy shop (that I was supposed to do months ago), I decided to make a new pillow for myself! Pretty funky , huh?  I basically copied Erin's pillows from her PIllow week.  I have been thinking about those pillows for months!  Mine is not a dresden plate though like hers, it's a sunflower pattern which I thought was fitting for this time of year, no?   My living room is really in need of some sprucing and this is now a bright spot for sure! I really struggled with finding a good color combination and then just finally stopped fussing and chose some fabrics.  I find that telling myself " Stop trying so hard and just choose some fabric you ninny!" helps when I am struggling with fabric combination anxiety (otherwise known as FCA).  How do you all deal with FCA? Guess how I was able to open the new etsy shop and make this pillow for myself this weekend?  Where were my 3 children you may ask??  Well it was...

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Stylin

Stylin

UPDATE!  The Lola Pattern now includes instructions to make this bag!   My almost seven year old pays a lot of attention to what she is wearing and has very specific opinions about how clothes look.  I try to be supportive of her style in my own controlling sort of way.  When she needs new clothes, instead of taking her with me to the store, I shop for a whole bunch of things that I like and bring them home for her to choose what she likes out of MY choices and then I take back the rest.  This is questionable freedom but it is working for both of us right now! I made this owl purse as a special order from my show a few weeks ago.  The adult wants it for herself but I like how it looks on a child too and with the strap across the body.  I wanted to get some pictures before it goes in the mail today.  Elsie was excited to model before school this morning.  She is also wearing my new scarf which she has claimed as her own. My tulips are in bloom!  It was her idea to pose by the tulips.  I made the purse the same way as I did the mini purses back in this post.  I made it a little shorter since it seemed really long when I had it done.  The strap is about 30" long.  I made it by sewing together 2 pieces of 2" x 30" long pieces of cotton.  I used all cotton fusible interfacing on the printed fabric that is on the outside of the strap.  It took me several tries to get this strap on in a good way.  In the end, the simplest way worked best!  I wanted to make sure I kept the shape of the owl, so I just folded the strap under and sewed it on.  Then when I did the final top stitch, I secured the strap again. She wants a bag like this for herself now of course!    I am so happy spring is finally here!  All the april showers we have had here have made everything so green and beautiful.  Email me if you had additional questions about how to make Lola Owl Pattern into a purse & I will try to help out.  Now the pattern is updated to include the bag instructions! Hope you all had a great weekend!...

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Phew!  The Handmade Arcade is finally over.  I have to admit all that production sewing wasn't my bag.  Things went well- not awesome but well and I am happy to have the experience.   Part of the reason I feel a little let down is that my focus is so different now than it was 16 months ago when I did this show before.  I like making patterns now and sewing for myself.   I loved seeing all the people looking and it was so fun to talk to people about my sewing.  It was so cool to see all the mothers and daughters, sisters and friends together.  I got a great feel for what people like to buy at these shows and I handed out almost all of my 250 postcards that I made.  People like the…. Crayon Folios!  Not a huge surprise on that one.  I made 15 and sold 15 but I could have made 30 and probably sold most of those too!   My sister (pictured above!)came up from Atlanta to work the show with me.  It was a big help.  She owns part of a  store in Atlanta and was really helpful with display, organization, & talking up the products.  We want to do another show together and she will be in charge of merchandising, display, business cards, etc.  That would be HUGE for me since I get so focused on my sewing and creating that the organization is an after thought.   Accepting some help from my sister would be wonderful, especially since she is actually much more stylish than me in the first place!  On Sunday we (the WHOLE family) took her to the airport.  On the way home we stopped at the Pittsburgh Incline.  It was so fun.  Sunday mornings are a great time to see your city tourist stops!  Almost no one was there and it was beautiful.  By some miracle, I remembered my camera.  But the only lens I had was the 50mm which I thought would be a mistake since you wouldn't be able to see the scenery but the pictures turned out great!  That 50mm lens is such a gem.  WARNING!  HISTORY LESSON TO FOLLOW…  Sorry friends, I was a history major so you are going to get some info that I learned yesterday which I think is really interesting. As some of you may know, Pittsburgh used to be a huge industrial city.  The big boom happened in the late 1800s and as so many people (mainly European Immigrants) moved to the city, housing became a big issue.  The city is situated in a valley and surrounded by 3 rivers.  The only place for the workers...

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Almost There!

Almost There!

If you have ever done a craft show, maybe you have felt the way I am feeling today.  I have only 1 day left (tomorrow!) before the show and I have decided NO MORE sewing!   I want to make sure that I have enough but also don't want to waste time making things that won't sell.  I also need to work on getting organized (YUCK), on pricing (DOUBLE YUCK), and on my display (PRETTY FUN).  Here are some pictures of what I will bring to the Handmade Arcade on Saturday. There are a couple of new things that I did this past week that I haven't shown here on the blog yet. I made birds at 65% size like I did the elephants and owls.  I did a loop on the top to hand them which I think will be useful- errr, depending on how useful you think a stuffed fabric bird can be. I also made a fast and small version of the crayon folio.  I have seen lots of this size on etsy but since I am such a DIYer, I made my own which is very similar to the regular size crayon folio but even quicker to make.   It holds only 5 crayons and is 1/2 the size.  I think this will work well for mom's just to throw in their purse.  I like the wallet size and these were fast to make!  Good for a show like this where people may just want to buy something small and less expensive to support handmade. Here is my list of all the things I made.   Phew!!  I hope it's enough.  It was cool to make so many of items from my patterns and now I plan on going back and making some small adjustments to the PDF patterns.  I made an easy template for the crayon art folio, changed a few things on the Love Your Lunch Box, and made the On the Go Organizer a little different.   I will be offering these changes for free if you have already bought the pattern in the past. Wish me luck on Saturday!  It's going to be fun there- live music, funky craft demonstrations, 120 indie groovy crafters, and gourmet cupcakes!  Come on down if you live near Pittsburgh and say hello to...

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