Thursday, 9 September 2010

Top 10 Cuts of Fabric To Boost Sales

Cutting your cloth to add to your bank balance!  Are you still only selling fabric by the metre/yard, maybe half metre/yard or even Fat Quarter and want some fresh ideas to give sales a boost?  

Or you're a designer who needs to clear out some stash and didn't think your 'scrap' pieces would be big enough to sell on their own and would like to make space for new fabrics (raising capital in the process).

Here are some ideas to consider. This list is not exhaustive and only a sample of how you can make your fabric a more appealing package.
  1. By the Metre/Yard. 
  2. By the Half Metre/Yard. 
  3. By the Fat Quarter
  4. By the Fat Eighth
  5. In Bundles (of any of the above). 
  6. Jelly Rolls.
  7. Layer Cake.
  8. Quilting Squares
  9. Quilt Kits
  10. Clothing Kits.
I was selling fabric bundles myself until recently and found they were very popular, especially as very few, if any, UK Sellers (on Etsy and Ebay particularly) were doing the same.

There was a very good market for Japanese Kawaii fabric in smaller bundles as they are perfect for making smaller detail items like buttons, hair accessories, patchwork and purses etc.  

Or for fabric addicts to collect, I still have a huge bag of very small scrap pieces of Japanese kawaii fabric that I will just never part with.

Are there any cuts you would like seen sold on Marketplace websites like Etsy, Misi and Ebay?

4 comments:

veryberryhandmade said...

I think Layer Cakes - 10"x10" - are very useful. And I like the Fat 8ths too. Also discounts if you purchase a certain number of FQs for example, would be a great incentive!

Emma Thomsen said...

Hi VeryBerryHandmade thanks for dropping by! Thanks that's really helpful. I made my Mum a quilt from a 10" Layer Cake, it was so quick and she loved it! Have you ever made a patchwork quilt? Emma ;)

Debs said...

As a maker of small items, and soft furnishings, I have masses of scraps, so when I do a craft fair I tip them into a big basket, hang some little brown carriers on the side and offer 'Fill a bag' for £1, or sometimes for charity. It's surprising how many people buy a bag full - quite often young girls for their textile projects at school.

Emma Thomsen said...

Welcome Debs, thanks for the suggestion, what a brilliant idea! An absolute gem! :D