Sunday, 26 June 2011

Great Fabric Makes To Sell For Extra Cash

You've got a super fabric stash and following my post How To Start a Fabric Business With No Or Little Money you've decided you don't want to sell fabric cuts because you've got a creative mind and itchy fingers, so what can you make with your fabric stash for extra cash.

Here are few ideas of items I have made and sold myself, or ideas that have floated around in my head but never had the time to put into practice.

  • Cushions/Pillows: Not just two pieces of fabric sewn and stuffed, try patchwork, applique or drawing/painting/embroidering your own design on them.  Find some really super vintage stuffed toy patterns and make larger versions for cushions.
  • Softies: where do I begin? Softies aren't just teddies, Japanese craft books have some great ideas or design your own.  Find vintage patterns so that grandparents can buy 'yester-year' toys that they had as children to give to their grandchildren (maybe in contemporary fabrics).  Birds such as owls and doves are popular at the moment, maybe try another style to be different and original - how about penguins?  The penguin found on the south Australian coast is very topical!
  • Skirts: I've always thought wrap skirts would sell well (I've had lots of compliments for the ones I've made and wear when collecting the kids from school).  You could find some great fabrics and with a basic Large, Medium or Small they're almost one size fits all.  Check out this link at Crafster for details how to make your own wrap skirt pattern.  Or even how to make a gypsy (broomstick) skirt here at Ericas with an elastic waist.
  • Handbags/Purses:  A very popular item to make and sell, so you would need to create some really original ideas.  Maybe the fabric you use or applique designs and embellishments onto a solid coloured fabric.  As with cushions maybe embroider or draw your own designs onto them. (I love getting out a little handmade purse when shopping).
  • Embroidery as an embellishment to patterned fabric - in a hoop as a ready made frame or maybe onto a practical item such as a glasses case, coin purse or pillow.
  • Fabric Buttons: great supplies for other crafters to embellish their own work or sell them made into accessories yourself.
That's kind of it for ideas that are personal favourites, although I know there are many many more that some of you wonderful Bloggers create that are just far beyond my expertise or indeed patience.  Such as art, jewellery, quilts, kitchen accessories, clothing, hats, aprons.  Wowser! I could go on and on but I won't.

I hope this has helped a little to get the old creative juices flowing and give you some ideas how to make that extra cash.

Does anyone have any ideas that are completely outside the box that I just haven't touched upon yet?

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Critique Needed...

I'm still working on my website, which is nearly good to go - which is so exciting, but it would be really helpful if any very kind fellow Bloggers would consider doing a critique for me (Beta User).

In case you haven't heard of it before, a Beta User is when you get people to 'poke around and play' with your website to decide whether they like it or not, or indeed whether they have any suggestions before you fully 'launch'.

All comments good and bad will be very gratefully received.

If you would be interested in taking a little time out and doing a critique (Beta User) please leave a comment here and let me know how I can contact you.

Many many thanks for your incredibly kind consideration and as always thanks for dropping by. :)

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Alexander Henry's Latest Fabric Is Ghastly!

I mean it literally, the Ghastlies are a wonderfully creepy yet utterly charming collection of illustrations for Alexander Henry fabric.
-Alexander Henry Fabrics

Haunted House, Ghastlies at EmmasFabric, The Fabric Marketplace

Ghastlies in Smoke at FreshModernFabric, Etsy
Ghastly Bat at Kaedescorner, Etsy

Clover in Olive at EmmasFabric, The Fabric Marketplace
The designs are reminiscent of the wonderful works of children's author Roald Dahl, illustrator Edward Gorey and Movie Director Tim Burton.  All that horrible scary stuff children love and just want to read more and more of.

'According to all sources' it's flying off the shelves so buy some in good time for your Halloween Projects.

If you like this creepy style, check out my previous post about Danielle at Sew Creepy Confections.  She should do the same as Alexander Henry  and have some of her divine 'pencil outline' designs printed onto fabric - it would go down a storm I am sure.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed being creeped out in 'flaming June'.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer Book Tour and Giveaways!

Check out Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches 'book tour' of her super new book Cotton Floss.  Eight women Natalie admires will be reviewing her book on their Blogs.
So here are the dates and links for you to follow this week
12th Monica - Happy Zombie
13th Amanda - Amanda Brooke
14th Pam - Pam Kitty Morning
15th Sarah - The Last Piece
16th Krista - Poppyprint
17th Bari - Bari J
19th Paige - Paige Hill
Happy Zombie book tour image
(image from M @ Happy Zombie)
Be sure to pop back each day, follow the links above and read the reviews. There will be a few interviews with fun and interesting questions about Natalie's design process and even a few chances to win signed copies of her book Cotton Floss
This is Natalie pictured in her gorgeous workspace.
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer
(image from M @ Happy Zombie)
Here are some of Monica at Happy Zombie's pictures. Look at the delicious 4″ finished block she made with one of Natalie’s drawings from the book, surrounding it with 2″ finished squares of Happy Mochi Yum Yum.
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer
(image from M @ Happy Zombie)
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer
(image from M @ Happy Zombie)
Here's the first giveaway.  Monica is giving away a copy of Cotton Floss and a little charm pack of Happy Mochi Yum Yum. Nip across to Monica's Blog, Happy Zombie, for a chance to win!
I don't know why I'm sharing all this as I am completely reducing my chances of winning, but you know what I can't help sharing such great news!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Monaluna's Anika & Marin Fabric Has Arrived!

Anika: swedish forest, foxes and henhouses
Do you recall my Sneak Peek Post of 12 November 2010 of Monaluna's Lovely Anika and Marin collections?  Well they are finally in the shops in all their fabulous glory!
Marin: peony, wobbly and peacock feathers
I'm not blogging quite so frequently these days even though so many Spring/Summer collections are arriving, but when the collection is this delicious what is a girl to do???
Marin: soar, tulips, entwined and poppies
Anika: hens, blossoms and polka
Well to begin with I love foxes, adore henhouses, soar is divine and what can I say about swedish forest other than special.  I could continue with the superlatives but I know you can think of many yourselves!

Enjoy the fabric eye candy.

Thanks as always for dropping by!  :)

Friday, 3 June 2011

How To Start A Fabric Business With No Or Very Little Money.

If you want to start your own small fabric business, maybe to raise some extra cash, getting your fabric stock together can easily be done with no or little money (I know because I have done it myself, on Ebay).

Throughout my post I will include some upcycled/recycled fabric that is being sold on Etsy.  My first choice is a Charming Mini Pack of Vintage Fabric Pack from aLittleShabbyShack.  The little packs are so prettily put together I would buy one just for the joy of receiving it in the post!

25 6'x 6' inch recycled plaid cotton shirt at SewDanish

To begin with you wouldn't go too far wrong checking out your own stash.  Are there pieces that you will never use, or that's taking up far too much space (it's OK we're all guilty of that)?  

You can sell them as full pieces or cut them into smaller useful sizes such as Fat Quarters or smaller quilting sized bundles.

vintage fabric 24 6x6 squares charm pack at sosovintage

I find that some online companies, such as Cath Kidston, don't sell smaller than 1 meter pieces, which is quite expensive at around £20 per mtr when you only need half or a FQ.  So there is always demand for smaller pieces, especially if they're out of print such as this piece.

Cath Kidston Rosali Rose Fat Quarter at

Ready colour coordinate bundles of your stash for selling, useful for those of us who haven't got 'an eye' for matching colours.
Like this Cath Kidston Cowboy Bundle in lovely reds and blues from EmmasFabric,

Do you have a lovely bag of scraps that just gets bigger and bigger and fall out of your stash space every time you open it?  (I have one of those, it falls open on me like 'Snakes on a Plane')  Separate the bundle into nice sized bags (maybe sandwich bag size) and sell them on.

Fabric scrap bundle --- Kawaii (cute) mix of fabrics at PetiteMaison

If you don't have the funds to buy brand new fabric to sell, you could always go to Charity Shops/Car Boot Sales to buy pieces of clothing/soft furnishing/curtains that have stunning print and cut them into smaller pieces, again you can pack them up into useful bundles.

And don't forget your own clothes and soft furnishings, where the fabric makes them too lovely to throw away and yet too worn out to use yourself or give to charity.  Cut off all the good bits and sell on.

Vintage Fabric 70's Pastel Jersey Knit Printed Multi Colored at Freshandswanky

Check out one of my earlier Posts, Top 10 Cuts of Fabric To Boost Sales, with ideas of how to cut up your fabric pieces into useful (sellable) sizes.

Debs left this really useful comment:
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.

I hope this has given you some inspiration to start selling.  Bear in mind that some online Marketplaces charge a listing fee so there will be a cost before you have your first sale.

My website has no listing fee, so starting out can truly be completely free!

Does anyone have any great ideas how to get together 'fabric stock' with no or little money?

Thanks for dropping by as always! X