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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yes, another Buttercup! on: April 24, 2009 09:02:54 PM
So I belatedly jumped on the Buttercup bandwagon. This is such a pretty little bag! I love the pleats, and how easily it all goes together. I'm sure I'll be making lots of these in future, as they are bound to go down very well with my friends and family. Here is my first attempt, in a bright summery print that makes me wish it wasn't winter here!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Some teeny tiny wallets (image heavy) on: April 20, 2009 12:42:32 AM
I've been making Teeny Tiny Wallets recently - they are so addictive! Hopefully I will manage to find homes for most of them at some point. The pattern is my own but is very simple so there are probably a million similar designs out there already.

Here is a selection that I think are worthy of showing off Wink

They all have a cash pocket and two credit card pockets inside, like this:

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first long wallet on: March 14, 2009 10:17:45 PM
I tried out the long wallet tutorial for the first time, today. The end results are so great! I'm really delighted with this one.

I had some trouble understanding the tutorial (and the measurement on one of the pattern pieces is wrong, I think) but after one run-through where I made some mistakes, I was able to do it perfectly second time around. And the wallet is so sleek and slimline! I will definitely be using this pattern again Smiley
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Just attended a school fair and managed to survive it! on: November 29, 2008 09:24:25 PM
I just got back from my first ever "craft fair" in New Zealand - it was really a school fair, but had a selection of what I was told would be craft stalls.  Turned out that out of about 10 stalls, there were maybe 5 selling handcrafted items and the rest were selling mass-produced items or junk food. The crowd was really not what I expected. I'd been planning to sell lots of "handbags for little girls" at $10, and purses/pencil cases at $6. I didn't sell a single purse or pencil case, and only sold four handbags!  But I'd brought a stash of jewellery that I made for a craft stall in Ireland over a year ago, and did manage to sell some of that - nearly $200 worth! Hurray!

Lessons learned:
- know your audience. I thought I did, but I got it wrong. I'd imagined that there'd be lots of mums and older siblings milling around, but it was mostly little girls with $2 or $3 to spend (my cheapest item was $5).
- don't be scared by similar stalls if your product is superior. There were three stalls selling jewellery, but mine was the best quality and at least some people were willing to pay for that.
- take an assistant!  It got really windy today and we were outdoors.  My earring cards were laid on a table top and kept blowing away, and at the other end of the table my pyramid purses were also blowing away. It took both me and my husband to keep things where they should be.

It was a much better day than I expected based on what I saw when I set up this morning, but I wouldn't do a school fair again. I didn't know that's what this was when I signed up for it. The potential customers mostly either had very small amounts to spend or were looking for bargains.

This was only my second craft stall (in two years, with no online selling - this is just a fun thing for me) but I know my products are top quality. Designer fabrics, sterling silver, Swarovski, semi-precious stones... people will pay for that once they see it and can tell how good it is. But I don't think school fairs are going to make my fortune  Wink
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Banana bag inspired by tutorials here on: November 10, 2008 02:22:04 PM
For the last couple of weeks I have been avidly reading every bag tutorial I can find on this board, and I'm finally ready to show off something that I put together Smiley  Sorry that I can't reference individual tutorials, as I didn't bookmark them, but suffice it to say that I learned how to insert zips, add pockets, attach straps, and put the whole thing together, all thanks to the generosity of those people who took the time to write tutorials and put them here. Thank you!

Here is my banana bag in all its glory. I got the banana fabric online for NZ$4 and found some soft black fabric in a local shop for about NZ$2 - money well spent, I think Smiley

The finished bag is about 13" tall and 9" wide. The strap is 48" long.

I really love the banana fabric, but it was a bit much for the outside, so I used it for the button cover and loop.

Inside is a zip pocket. I made it a patch pocket rather than cutting into the lining, since I had never put in a zip in this manner before and was afraid of messing it up.

There are some pockets on the other side too, for my pens, MP3 player, and other junk.

Overall, I am really delighted with this bag. It is VERY roomy inside. If I was making it again, I'd make more of an effort to use matching thread (although I do like the black thread against the yellow), and I would use stiffer interfacing. But it only took me 3 hours from start to finish, and I am confident that I can do it faster next time.

I'm so glad that I found this site!
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