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Ashlyn22
« on: November 26, 2005 08:39:27 PM »

Ok, heres the deal..... I am 14 years old and was recently interviewed and accepted by an organization called People to People to travel as a student ambassador to France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria for 20 days. The trip costs $5,000+, and my parents have agreed to pay a portion of it, but I still need to raise  over $3000 by April of THIS year. Each month I have been doing a fundraiser through my family... last month I made handmade christmas cards and sold them for $15 a box, but I only got 5 orders. My monthly goal is just over $500 and I think by just selling to the few family members I have that are participating is not going to help me reach my goal. So now, I have decided that I want to make something to sell to girls at my school. I think that purses are the best way to go- but I don't know how to go about this. Do any of you know of any quick, easy, and cheap purses that I could make? These cannot take a lot of time because I will most likely be making more than one at a time, like an assembly line... One after another, after another, after another... anyway- also they have to be cheap and easy. They cant cost too much $$ because I want to make a profit off of them. I think I would be selling them for around $10 per purse, so the supplies for one purse would have to be less $$ than $10. Also, before hand, I would like to mention that I cannot knit, crochet, etc. So that type of purse is out. I don't have many supplies (but am willing to buy them, depending on the cost) but I do have clear packing tape, ribbon, magazine cutouts, a few hardcover books, a sewing machine, eyelets and an eyelet setter. If you know of any purses/wallets that I can make with these things, or any other cheap and easy purses, please let me know! I would like to have an idea of what I will be making for the month of December before the 1st. Thank you in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2005 08:58:01 PM »

How about wallets??  The one's made with packaging tape look very cool and you can use just about anything for them (magazines, the Sunday comics, plain paper painted with sharpies, gift wrap, etc)
It's probably already been done at your school but you can give them a special touch...maybe personalize them, write the person's name in a fun way or make a wallet with the person's favorite actor/actress/singer/sport...whatever!
Here's the link to the wallet I made using the pattern on that forum:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9299.msg307930#msg307930
The only problem with these wallets is that you can't have the assembly line thing going, you have to make them one by one.
You can sell them for $10-$15 and the only thing you need to buy is the tape.

If I can think of any other options I'll let you know.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2005 11:08:02 AM »

Try looking at this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54769.0 - it seems to be fast to make after you get used to it. If you don't use any closing like zipper or magnet snaps it is just - interface it, cut it, sew the lining, sew the outer fabric, sew them together. not so many steps like bags where the sides are separate pieces and the bottom is a separate piece as well. As for the closing if you need it, I guess velcro should be the fastest to make? Magnetic snaps take time and do not allow mistakes and zipper would also take more time... Maybe little flaps with buttons would also dot he job to close bags?
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2005 03:56:13 PM »

You can also make earrings. The materials are not too expensive and are fairly simple to make.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2005 02:19:36 PM »

huh really? cool. i'm going to europe this summer too. for a student leadership conference in london, oxford, paris, and normandy. though mine's 9 days, so it's significantly cheaper ($2000) but i'm raising spending money by stenciling and selling shirts, which only take like an hour at most. so if you have stenciling ability that's what i would suggest. the freezer paper tutorial is great. "the best way ever to stencil" i think it's called?  anyways other than that yeah earrings are good or the jordy bag is fairly quick and easy to make. good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2006 06:54:16 PM »

My favorite way to make purses is pretty idiot-proof and really fast. I always find really awesome or beautiful placemats at TJ-Maxx or Marshalls or garage sales or anywhere else where you can find fabric placemats. The best part is that they're always two layers of fabric thick and already nicely stitched at all the edges so all I have to do is fold in half and stitch along the edges (sometimes in a rounded way so the bag isn't a rectangle but more rounded) then turn it right-side out and sew on a strap or handbag handles and you're ready to go! If you know how, you can also make the bag have a bottom. I usually find placemats I like for around 2 or 3 dollars apiece and then handles or straps are usually about 4 or 5 dollars. You could easily sell them for $15 each, if not more.  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2006 07:09:54 PM »

I would try something like the Sha Sha bag too. I made one and it was simple to make.  I also have made the mini tote bag (too cute but has a more difficult steps)... I would also consider a paper route since after about ten purses you're gonna want to pull your hair out.  I know cuz I made all the girls in the family a purse and after five I was REALLY sick of making them.  I think the Jordy bag would be a good thing too...I personally would make samples and then make orders from the samples ad offer the different fabric choices.  Good Luck and let us know how this turns out for you!

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2006 07:12:22 PM »

i think CozmicStardust's idea is a really good one!  i've seen fabric placemats at BedBath and Beyond for only a dollar. YOu could also try dollar stores. I like this idea cause i was thinking it might be better to spend time finding cool fabric and just going with a really simple bag design. Cool fabrics, or in this case placemats are going to be attention-getting but with less work that sewing a complicated bag. i actually started, but never finished, a bag out of place mats, and it was really simple. You could make them like messenger bags or like purses, depending on how you sew them.
also, at places like k-mart i've found belts on clearance for a dollar and they could make cool straps. I guess you could sew them on just like any other purse strap.

Another idea: i made a book out of a placemat. I had seen one called a YOGA journal cause it rolls up like a yoga mat and can fit in the same bag. just lay the placemat flat, lay some paper on top of it and sew down the middle, VOILA!


oh also, maybe set up an account at ETSY.COM, it only costs 0.3 cents to post an item and maybe a parent could let you use their credit card number to register with. Huh

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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2006 07:12:57 PM »

Also.. you should consider cutting up an old sweater and making purses out of them... I think thereis a tut on here somewhere but you basically cut the bottom of the sweater off.  The bottom becomes the top of the bag and you sew the sweater closed and add handles...
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2006 07:14:39 PM »

be very careful about this organization.

Very very very careful.

look into the BBB before you give them any money, they contacted me when i was your age and i did some research on them and found some poor information. Like i said, be really careful.
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2006 07:24:40 PM »

Simplicity pattern 7161 is a good one. I used to make them and sell them for $20 and people bought them like crazy. I sold them mostly to people at my mom's work and family friends but most of the time when I got orders, they were upwards of $80. The pattern is a little confusing but once you figure it out, you can make one in about an hour. I hope you get your money in time, I was supposed to have a trip to London, Paris, and Madrid over spring break but it got cancelled... Cry.

Good Luck!

Happy New Year! Woo hoo, C/O 2006!
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2006 07:30:08 PM »

Simplicity pattern 7161 is a good one. I used to make them and sell them for $20 and people bought them like crazy. I sold them mostly to people at my mom's work and family friends but most of the time when I got orders, they were upwards of $80. The pattern is a little confusing but once you figure it out, you can make one in about an hour.

BlueJeanBaby, what is the pattern for? I looked on ebay and got responses as skirts, bags, blazers, etc. Is it a recent pattern?

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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2006 07:40:28 PM »

It's a pattern for a purse. It's a hobo-type bag.....here's the link: http://simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=7161 It's the denim one in the lower corner. It's not the cutest purse (to me anyway) but people went crazy over them. That isn't the exact pattern that I have though, it wasn't sewing for dummies, it was It's So Easy but it's the same purse.
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2006 08:35:15 PM »

I looked them up on the BBB website and they have a satisfactory report... yes I have too much time on my hands.. at work..empty building.. answering a phone that doesn't ring.. 16 hour shift.. sigh
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2006 08:44:50 PM »

I know this is hideously off-topic, but do you live in/near Chesterfield? If so, I'm in that delegation and going then too! I'm raising $2000 for my trip too, so I know how it feels to be tight-pressed for cash.  Lips sealed

I'm making card purses with fabric interior and suede handles to sell at the local Bridge center. When I get a laminator, I can make them look really professional and sell them for about $20. $20 is a really good idea because if you think you can make 100 things and sell them, then thats $2000, not subtracting supply fees. It's a really easy way to set up goals and ideas to fund it. If you made some really cute purses too, you could raffle them off. ^.^

Another idea, not purse related, would be no-sew fleece scarves, blankets and pillows. If you sold them now in the cold weather and offered a few different fleece designs, they would sell like wildfire. Here's some links.

No-Sew Blanket- http://www.diynet.com/diy/diy_kits/article/0,2019,DIY_13787_2276464,00.html
No-Sew Pillow- http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=360
Scarf- Just cut strips of fabric long and wide enough to be a scarf!
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2006 02:15:39 PM »

no, i dont live in/near Cjesterfield... I live in York, PA. lol
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2006 10:28:09 PM »

how's the fundraising going?
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2006 04:05:09 AM »

I'm curious to find out as well.

In addition to the placemats, you can also find cheap cheap cheap ones at Goodwill and such used...just make sure they don't have stains.  You could get more for your money, just wash them first and they are usually funky and unique there as well.  Any kind of consignments are a plus.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2006 12:35:38 PM »

check out the thread with all the top bag patters, posted by jMi. congrats:D
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2006 10:09:29 PM »

With summer coming on, you could turn your long jeans into shorts for the summer and have material to use for purses. Just cut the length off the leg, leave this piece with the right side out; sew the hemmed end shut. You can add beads or some other trim to the bottom. For the top, sew a circle about the size of a quarter using a satin stitch, about 2 inches down from the top, clip out the center. Turn under about 1/4 inch and sew, or serge if the material is not too thick; then turn under again 1 to 2 inches, making sure this part is just below the hole you just made. Sew all the way around This will be the pocket for your drawstring. You can use rope or make a drawstring from more of the jean material. If you want a bag with the string on both sides, just put holes in both sides. With no raw ends showing, you don't need a liner. You can get as fancy as you want with the drawstrings or trim. Have fun and good luck!
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« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2006 04:08:19 PM »

I went to a craft show a year ago and I noticed that a bunch of people were going crazy buying  earrings that someone made.  I didn't think that they were worth what she was selling them for, buy hey, she made alot of money.  They were earrings she made out of ripped up material. She ripped the material into long strips, then she painted the strips different colors and put them on a wire post/earring.  She was selling the earrings for $30 each.  People were really going crazy for them! That made me realize that people will buy anything!
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2006 01:02:52 PM »

People were really going crazy for them! That made me realize that people will buy anything!


i think that's the difference between crafty people and.. non-crafty people, hahah. we can look at things and sort of see how to make them, while others look at things and want them thoughtlessly

jnaos you can make any type of bag but if you want to make money, you have to save a lot on fabric. my mom uses this thing online called freecycle and she gets me free fabric all the time. like, boxes and boxes of it! hahah so usually i end up taking what i want and we give the rest to thrift. i think the only downside to freecycle is you have to pick up the items yourself. but if you're interested, just google it; it's pretty neat. good luck
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