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« on: June 13, 2015 07:58:15 AM »

I love to sew and for a few years now, have been trying to do it as a home business. What I can't figure out (among other things that I can discuss later) is how I can get a customer to choose their fabric designs? Obviously, I want the customer to choose their own fabric patterns. I am not a mind reader. But I also do not want to buy random or even receive just random samples of fabric. For example, I make pretend play aprons. i bought a bunch of fabric. I finally have a customer and they wanted 49ers fabric. I am not a sports fan, so I wouldn't even have thought to buy this fabric.

I guess my question is: is there a place online where I can direct customers to choose their fabric which has an excellent turn around time of less than a week?

What are other people doing to have customers choose the fabric? Do they buy it first or do they also redirect to somewhere online?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2015 05:57:55 AM »

So I make plushies and let people choose custom colors if they want but I only use solid colors. That way it's easy for me to keep options in stock and while a chevron or cake print might go out of style, yellow won't.

For your situation, I would use fabrics.com or joanns.com and let the customer choose which print they want and you order it. Spoonflower is great for truly unique and custom fabric but have longer turnaround. If you're ordering fabric just for them always get paid first.
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2015 08:32:47 AM »

I find that fabric.com and Joann.com take about 10 days to receive the fabric. Anyone know of a place where it comes within 7 days of ordering?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2016 09:18:18 PM »

don't forget to brand those masterpieces. labels and tags are essential for markets and road shows.
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