An other option being Etsy, where if your item doesn't sell within 6 months, it only costs you 10 cents.
No matter what you do, you can't just sit back and wait for orders to roll in, you have to promote like crazy. I chose to go with Etsy so that I wouldn't have to worry about setting up a shopping cart or dealing with online selling issues that I am not skilled in. That will leave me more time for making things and promoting my products. As well, it gives me immediate exposure to all of the Etsy buyers instead of having to start from scratch in attracting people to my website.
I plan to have my own website as well - to post a gallery, give more details about my work and offer other services, but the "Shop" section will take a person directly to my Etsy store. That is a plan for the future, I am not ready for that just yet.
I figure that the listing charge of 10 cents per item is easy enough to swallow since it does get me exposure on the Etsy site and a place to direct people to. And I do not mind at all paying the 3.5% on the final sale price - that is nothing compared to what a consignment store would charge!
Down the road I may change my mind, for me starting out, this seemed to make sense. I have a very short attention span, so in a year I may be off doing something else and I don't want to commit too much money to this right now.
Thank you so much for posting that zipper tutorial! I am going to try this next time I do one, it looks waaaayyyy easier than the way I have done in past. You did a marvelous job on the tutorial by the way, I am as impressed with that as I am with your sewing prowess!!! Your totes are really lovely!
Your bag is awesome, what a fabulous first piece!! You did a really fantastic job and obviously thought out a lot of details. Kudos!
As for interfacing, I have been having troubles with the iron-on stuff; even though it is definitely easier to work with in many ways, I can't get it to stop wrinkling. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, I don't know. But what has been working really well for me is felt - plain old ordinary white felt that I buy off the bolt. It costs about the same as the interfacing but has some body to it and is not stiff. I've been using a light iron-on interfacing on the lining of my bags and felt with the exterior, and I've been very happy with that. Try experimenting with different things, you never know what might work for you. I'd like to try fusible fleece but I can't seem to find any.
I'd also be interested to hear what people have to say about invisible thread, I haven't tried it myself yet.
I made a cosmetic bag very similar to this using the Wild Ginger Wild Things! accessories computer patterns. It was actually listed as a gym bag but I put in tiny dimensions and it came out just like yours. But your tut is much easier to follow!
Does anyone know how to "clean finish" the seams? That is what the Wild Things instructions say to do. I'm wondering if they mean to sew binding over all the raw edges. Their bag is not lined, so maybe if you doubled the fabric, with right sides out, then "clean finished" the seams, it would look nice inside and out without actually lining it separately. I'm not sure if I'm making sense, I can picture what I mean but not describe it!!
I sold my first item on Etsy today. The buyer paid me immediately with a credit card through Paypal. In his email he asked me to send it to a different address because it was a gift, and he gave a woman's name & address. He only just signed up on Etsy today, so I am a little concerned that maybe it is a stolen credit card or something. Should I be worried? Am I being paranoid?