You know that I love to design sewing patterns, and I usually then upload them to Craftsy so you can all download the pattern for free to use along with the instructions that I post on the site here. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make that happen.
My latest pattern, the Wrap Dress, was nearly a full weeks work. From the design stages, through pattern grading, drawing the pattern and scanning it, adjusting the pattern, making up 2 or 3 tests and then a final dress, taking step by step photos along the way, getting my husband to take photos of the finished dress and writing the instructions and the post, then uploading and publicising the pattern. Pretty much a solid 6 days work.
My husband questioned why I did all this for free. Where else would I work for free for 6 days, spend out money on my materials, to then give away what I had made? He’s right of course, but I do it because I love it, and I love to get all the comments and thanks from you all.
However, the outrageous cost of living isn’t getting any easier here and if I could make a little extra from some pattern sales, that would be very welcome. So while I will still work on free patterns and tutorials for you, I am also working on a range of patterns for sale. It will take me a while to build up what you might call ‘a range of patterns’ because of the days of work it takes to get to the final product -but today I am releasing my first one. Introducing THE BOXY BAG PATTERN.
This great little bag is perfect for:
- Taking your lunch to work
- Taking a few things to the beach, a book, sun cream, phone etc
- A cosmetics bag
- A travel bag – padded to keep things safe while travelling
- A toiletries bag for the bathroom or a weekend away
- A camera bag or for carrying your Kindle etc
- A lunch bag for the kids to take to school
- A mini cooler bag – line it with an insulated lining
- A hobby bag – carry your paints, knitting, crafting tools with you
- and lots more uses
The approximate finished measurements are:
- Length -7.5 inches
- Width – 4.5 inches
- Height – 5 inches
Buy the Boxy Bag Pattern
This pattern is available NOW in the Print or Plain Etsy store. As well as the pattern, you can buy the complete kit to make this bag in several color options including the ones shown above, plus others. The Boxy Bag kit will include the pattern, the fabric, the fleece, interfacing and the matching zipper. Or you can just buy the pattern and use your own supplies.
You might not even know that I have an online shop – I barely ever mention it, but I do sell a few things I sew from time to time. In fact, the Facebook page was named after the shop, and now I can’t change it so that explains why the Facebook page isn’t called So Sew Easy – duh.
You can also buy the pattern on Craftsy – and I would actually prefer it if you did because they don’t charge a commission like Etsy – so if you would like to make the Boxy Bag and buy this pattern, please buy from Craftsy.
And here are just a few of the Boxy Bag kits you can buy in the Etsy shop – these include all of the fabric, the fleece, the interfacing, the zipper and the lining fabric – as well as the pattern! If you see ANY bag in the shop and would like a kit made up in the same fabric to make a Boxy Bag Kit – just ask! I’m happy to make a kit just for you.
So, what’s next?
It pretty much makes sense to me that the patterns that will sell the best are the ones that are most in demand, and at the right price. Therefore, I’m really interested to know from you:
- what sort of patterns would you buy?
- what sort of patterns would you ideally like to see?
- should all patterns be the same price, and what price range?
- must a ‘for sale’ pattern be digitally drawn or is hand drawn acceptable like my current range of free patterns?
- any other comments and suggestions?
Do leave me a comment below. I’m interested to know what you think and your input will help me develop my pattern range and my business.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy