Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I enjoy making the handbags the most. I found the design for this handbag from another blogger. As soon as I find the blogger's page again I will create a link in the My Favorite Internet Places. Anyway, it is very simple. Cut 8 strips of fabric for each side. The strips measure 11 inches long and they are 3 inches wide at the bottom and then taper to 2 inches at the top. Assemble the strips using 1/4 inch seams. Then use the completed piece of 8 strips to use as the pattern for the interface and lining. I used a purchased shoulder strap for the handle and added a tab closure with a covered button.
I think it turned out really cute. What a great way to use all of the pesky scraps.
Anyway, let me get back to how I am getting ready for my next craft show. I hope to have about 100 bibs finished, along with 50 headbands, 100 key fobs and other miscellaneous items. I should also have about 50 handbags ready to go. Everything still has to be priced and packed. I know this sounds like a lot; but, the following week I will be participating in the Duluth Fall Festival, in Duluth GA. This is a super great show. I will take everything I have to both shows. I like to set up my booth the night before the show begins. It takes me between three and four hours to get everything displayed just right. I am always amazed at those who can set up their tent and have everything display ready in an hour. How do they do it?
I have been a little concerned about sales for the upcoming craft show season. I have been reading a lot on line about how slow sales have been so far this year. I guess the price of gas has affected sales. The price of gas has gone down over the past few weeks. I saw a gas station near me yesterday that was selling gas for $3.52 a gallon. That's down over 50 cents a gallon over the last month. If the gas continue to trend down, that will be great for sales.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I own a small crafting business called The Judy Bag Company. I make a lot of hand bags, accessories and some baby items (mostly bibs embroiderd with cute sayings) to sell at local craft shows. I live in the Atlanta area so there are plenty from which to choose. I recently created an Etsy Store; but, I have not added any items to sell there yet. I will let you know how that goes.
My mom taught me to sew when I was about eight. My grandmother taught me all of the tricks of the trade. My Aunt Ethel taught me knit when I was about ten. I taught myself to crochet in my early twenties. I am now trying to learn about hair bow making. This has proved to be a real challenge for me.
I recently learned how to make woven headbands and I am now addicted. I can't believe how creative one can be with some ribbon and a plastic headband. My fist attempt took me a couple of hours. I had to redo it several times. The weaving process was a little confusing. Now I can complete one in about a half hour. The tricky part is finishing off. I have a couple of methods and I am not quite happy with the results. I will keep trying to perfect my method even though the current results don't look bad. Anyway, here is what I have finished so far.
I will try a post a tutorial on how to make these soon.