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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is there a market for purse patterns/kits? on: August 23, 2013 05:51:10 AM
Thanks for the feedback! I think the fabric combinations I use is typically what draws people to my bags. I wish I had time to make them all myself. Sad

I don't have tutorials ready to go yet unfortunately, but I will definitely include tons of pictures! Also I think what confuses people sometimes when making bags is interfacing, sometimes patterns aren't very clear or list brands that are unavailable. If I include it, it takes out the guesswork.

I will have to consider cutting the pieces out vs. just including a large enough cut. Maybe I can do both. Some of the more advanced sewists might appreciate a little room for creativity, but beginners might prefer everything ready to go.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: DSLR Camera Bag on: August 12, 2013 07:56:52 AM
Great job! Camera bags are tough. I made a bag almost exactly like this a couple years ago for a client and it was pretty involved. She wanted the padded sections to be adjustable though.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Purse Kits on: August 12, 2013 07:47:49 AM
I've been selling purses and bags for a few years now, on Etsy and at craft fairs, and although I love it and have done pretty well at it, I simply don't have the time to do it anymore. I work full time and have a 7 month old so my sewing time is very limited. The problem is that I have a TON of fabric and notions and I will never have time to sew with all that fabric.

My idea was to write up some of my patterns and sell them with the fabric as kits. I'm not sure if it will take off though for several reasons. One, some people like handmade bags but are not confident enough to sew one themselves. Two, a lot of people who would sew a bag like to choose their own fabric for purses. So, would you buy a kit that had the pattern, fabric, interfacing, and any buttons, zippers or magnetic snaps you needed?

Also, I was thinking of doing a variety of difficulties. Simple clutches and zipper pouches, all the way up to a fully interfaced, many pocketed messenger bag. Any advice is appreciated!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Is there a market for purse patterns/kits? on: August 12, 2013 07:35:41 AM
I've been selling purses and bags for a few years now, on Etsy and at craft fairs, and although I love it and have done pretty well at it, I simply don't have the time to do it anymore. I work full time and have a 7 month old so my sewing time is very limited. The problem is that I have a TON of fabric and notions and I will never have time to sew with all that fabric.

My idea was to write up some of my patterns and sell them with the fabric as kits. I've seen it done with quilts. But I'm wondering if there is a market for this product? I did an Etsy search and found some kits for clasp style clutches but that was about it. I was thinking I could put these on Etsy or sell them at a popular local craft fair where I've gotten a lot of purse sales in the past. The main clientele is hipster/crafty types. It's a holiday fair and a lot of people are gift shopping.

I'm not sure if it will take off though for several reasons. One, some people like handmade bags but are not confident enough to sew one themselves. Two, a lot of people like to choose their own fabric for purses. Also, I was thinking of doing a variety of difficulties. Simple clutches and zipper pouches, all the way up to a fully interfaced, many pocketed messenger bag. Any advice is appreciated!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Accepting credit cards with just a laptop? on: February 21, 2012 11:55:47 AM
You can get the Intuit from Verizon too. I think each one has its pros and cons. PC World has a review and comparison of both products here: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/239250/square_vs_intuit_gopayment_mobile_credit_card_systems_compared.html
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: What NOT to bring on: February 21, 2012 11:49:10 AM
Resurfacing an old thread here, but there are some valid points. I sell handbags and most are priced between $30-$100. My mom begged me to make some little zipper pouches to sell for a few bucks in case people thought my price points were too high. I wasted valuable time (and zippers!) making tons of pouches and I can't even give them away. I started tossing them into the bags I was selling just to get rid of them. I made them simple to keep the price down, but they just look too cheap next to the higher quality bags and I don't want to put them in my online shop.

I usually knit while sitting at my table. It's not the craft I'm selling so some people are curious what I'm making, and it starts a few conversations. I make sure to choose something simple that I can put down right away if someone has a question. I greet everyone that walks up to my table, and I look to see what items they are interested in so that I can make suggestions, but overall it keeps me from hovering or being pushy, which can put people off from making purchases.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: I was Wondering... on: February 21, 2012 11:08:59 AM
There was a photographer at the table next to me at my last craft fair. She sold a few items, but I don't know if it was worth the booth fee to her. This was a holiday show, and I think most people were looking for gift items. The items she did sell were photos that she turned into postcards or sold as sets.

I've also seen photographers do extremely well at fine art shows with a higher end market and customers willing to pay, but there is more competition. Like Chris in VT said, these are mostly landscape photos, or macro shots of beautiful flowers and other things in nature.

I agree that people do seem to like local subjects too. The girl's photos were mostly from Texas and the show was in Ohio. Why would I want a picture of a cactus, even if it was cool looking? The one thing that helped her with that was that she was really talkative (in a good way) and had a cool story behind each photo. That made them interesting.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Baby Train Quilt on: February 21, 2012 09:41:45 AM
Love this! I will definitely be pinning it. Is it paper pieced? Have yet to try that...maybe this will inspire me to give it a shot.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handwarmer Pouch on: February 21, 2012 09:38:04 AM
Oooh I love this idea. My right hand is always freezing. Thanks!

Mine too! The elastic is tight enough to keep the pouch on my fingertips as well as my palm, so I've started wearing both warmers on my right hand! It earned me some weird looks from my co-workers but my hand stays nice and toasty.

I usually wear some fairly thick fingerless gloves but these look much less restricting.

I think I have better dexterity with these on that I do when my hands are frozen, at least as far as typing goes. I haven't had a chance to use them sewing yet though.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: UFO bag on: February 20, 2012 07:22:13 AM
This is a great shape and handle design for a knitting bag. Love the way it turned out!
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