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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Grocery bag holder on: February 18, 2012 08:21:22 AM
Hi!  I think this is my first time posting in this category.  I'm usually always on the purses and bags board.  Anyway, I just made a grocery bag holder and thought I'd share it here.  I used this tutorial.  http://notesfromtheparsonage.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/plastic-bag-holder-tutorial/  It would be easy enough to do without a tute but I like to use tutorials when I can.  Less thinking on my part! lol. 

Thanks for looking!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What to use to make a bag see-through and washable? on: February 17, 2012 01:03:30 PM
I want to make some toy bags for my son's speech therapist.  I would like them to be see-through so it's easy to tell what's inside, however, are there any clear vinyls that are machine washable?  Maybe some type of mesh would be better?  Suggestions?  They will probably be draw string bags with a window.  Thanks in advance!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A few new purses on: January 11, 2012 06:26:12 AM
Here are a few more purses I made before Christmas.  The first one is reversible and turned out so cute!  I found the tute for it here  http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/06/beginners-bias-tape-bag-with-free.html

This one is my own pattern.  Inside is pink. 

This one is also my own pattern.  Black inside.

This is my favorite and it's made from my first store bought pattern!  (I'll have to look and see which one, I can't remember..sorry)

Thanks for looking!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 new buttercups on: January 03, 2012 02:19:31 PM
I've been gone too long!  Too busy sewing to be on here!  Wink Anyway, here are 3 new buttercup bags I made.  Sorry for the poor quality pics.  When I've been sewing for days I'm just glad to be done!  Don't take the time to make the pics good!

Thanks for looking!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Duffle bags for boys-fabric choices? on: January 03, 2012 01:09:38 PM
I'd like to make some duffle bags for my boys (ages 2,5, & 7).  I've never made one before so I'm not sure what fabrics to use.  I'd like to be able to personalize them.  Either by using a print fabric (think Spiderman or something like that) or just by putting their names on the outside.  I can cut vinyl with my silhouette for names or I can take the fabric somewhere for embroidery.  I've made a few bags with quilting cotton and heavy interfacing but I always feel like they wrinkle way too easily and I don't care for that.  But something like duckcloth isn't going to come in a cute print for boys.  Suggestions?  Also suggestions for a good duffle bag pattern or tutorial would be helpful.  Thanks!
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Sharing a booth and variety of items ??? on: August 24, 2011 08:55:01 AM
I'm gearing up to do some craft shows between now and Christmas.  I asked a friend if she would be interested in sharing a booth with me and she is.  But I'm not sure a fair way to split the booth fee.  I'm going to be selling mainly purses and bags.  She is going to be selling mainly hair accessories.  Since her items are a lot less expensive is it fair to split the booth cost 50/50?  If not, what seems fair?  60/40? 70/30?  Some type of formula based on each person's profit for the day?
Also, I have ideas for a lot of smaller items I'd like to make to sell along with my bags.  Would it be better to just choose 2-3 small items and make a wide variety of those?  Or lots of different items with only a few of each?  For example, lots of coin purses and make up bags?  Or a few coin purses, a few makeup bags, some wallets, checkbook covers, etc.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Best sellers?? on: August 01, 2011 02:14:26 PM
I've decided to do some shows this fall to make a little Christmas money.  My main focus will be my bags and purses.  However, some of the shows I'd like to do are coming right up and I may not be able to get as many bags done as I'd like.  Any ideas on some simple items that I could make to help fill my table?  Also, do the smaller (less expensive) items seem to be better sellers since people can afford them more as "impulse" buys?  I'm thinking something like bookmarks or magnets.  Any suggestions?
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shipping USPS-insurance? confirmation? on: July 05, 2011 01:15:09 PM
I use USPS for all of my shipping.  It's closer and in most cases, cheaper since I'm mainly selling jewelry.  There may be FedEx or UPS drop boxes close by but no where to take my package in to ship it.  I'd have to do it all online.  Not a big deal but I'm not familiar with doing that so it makes me nervous.  I shipped a necklace last week and the clerk said it would take 2-3 for first class.  Cheaper than priority and same ship time so I did that.  I did not add insurance or confirmation.  I told her it was a necklace that I had made so proof of cost of contents would be difficult.  Well, it ended up taking a full week for my customer to get her necklace!  I was terrified that it was lost in the mail!  My understanding is that delivery confirmation would not have helped me.  If it had been lost I could've gotten a refund for the postage but not the lost item.  What do you do to protect yourself from things getting lost?  If the necklace had been lost, could I have used different receipts for each part of the necklace if I had had insurance? 
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Creating my own logo...need help! on: June 02, 2011 01:36:23 PM
I'm trying to design and create my own logo to use on tags, avatars, banners, etc.  I know exactly what I want it to look like.  Just not quite sure how to create it digitally.  I might be able to draw it on paper but I want it to look kind of "cartoonish" and I'm not sure I can achieve that on paper.  And I wouldn't know how to get it from paper to digital format without it being painfully obvious that it's scanned in.  I've drawn most of it digitally but I'm not sure I can finish the details that way.  Any suggestions on where to go from here?  If anyone is good with graphic design, I'd be willing to work out a deal.  My biggest problem is that I'm on a tight budget.  My "business" is really not a business at all yet and I'm not sure how much I want to put into it.  My main reason for wanting to get a logo is for use on business cards and a facebook page.  The few things I've sold, I have not set out to sell.  I've been contacted by someone who saw something I made for someone else and wanted one for themselves.  So just a few word of mouth sales.  Which is probably how I would like to continue for a while.  But I think ppl who don't know me would be more likely to contact me if they had a biz card, rather than my mom or friend writing my phone number on a scrap of paper, lol.  In other words, I can't really afford a big investment because I'm not likely going to make that money back.  Anyone want to help me out?  I definitely would not expect anyone to help me for free.  I just can't spend a ton.  I'd also be willing to exchange your services for something I can make or for some fabric stash.  If noone is interested in taking over for me, does anyone have suggestions on how I may be able to figure out how to do this myself?  I think what I'm wanting is probably pretty basic for anyone with some artistic/graphic art talent.  I just don't have any of that. lol.  Thanks in advance.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totebags: More teacher gifts (pic heavy) on: May 25, 2011 07:35:42 AM
The first is a Dr. Suess bag I made for my son's teacher.  He's in first grade and made great strides in learning to read this year so I really wanted her gift to be a big thank you for teaching him to read.  Not to mention that he loves reading!  The outside is cotton and fusible fleece.  The name is heat transfer I cut out with my silhouette and ironed onto canvas.  I erased the last name for posting.  The inside is canvas with a pocket and pencil pocket.  I also appliqued a note/picture from my son inside.  It ties closed with the ribbon.  We gave it to her along with his favorite Dr. Suess book.  

bag by Bethard

bag 2 by Bethard
Crappy pic but he wrote: "Thank you for an awesome year.  You are a star.  You are the best teacher in the whole world.  Love, Ashton".  I forgot to have him write the year so I added that with heat transfer.

bag 3 by Bethard

2011 april & may 225 by Bethard
The book

2011 april & may 228 by Bethard
Label inside the book that my son wrote a message on.  Last names erased.

bag 4 by Bethard

I also made this simple tote for my friend's daughter to give her teacher.  Wish I would've made this one differently so it held it's shape better but it's canvas so it'll still be sturdy.  Last names erased.

2011 april & may 232 by Bethard

bag 5 by Bethard
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