Organising your stash, how to keep it neat

More ideas for how to fold and store your fabric stash so you can enjoy looking at it even more :-)

I did an article a little while back now about the new smart and tidy way I was storing my modest fabric stash.  I shared it in the group and got so many new ideas to try that I wanted to do a follow up with some extra bits and pieces.  Especially about securing the end of the fabric once it was on it’s new mini bolt. I don’t know about you, but for me, a lot of the pleasure from sewing actually comes from just looking at fabric, dreaming about fabric, stroking fabric, and browsing through fabrics online, even if I don’t buy many of them.  So having my fabric neatly displayed gives me a lot of satisfaction, makes me enjoy sewing even more, and also saves me time because I can find and match what I need faster. … Continue reading

Sewing pattern copyright law – myths debunked

Do you know the law about the copyright on sewing patterns and the things you make from those patterns. Don't believe everything you read! Here are the facts.

There were a couple of articles in July that had a lot of interest, both about sewing to sell.  How to price your work and a round up of projects that are good to sell. Good to see so many people were interested in this subject, but at the same time I got such a lot of emails telling me that it was illegal to sell things you had made from either someone else’s sewing pattern, or from licensed fabric.  Or that you had to buy a licence from the pattern designer if you wanted to sell an item made from their pattern, known as a cottage licence.  Or that if you want to make more than one item (such as 3 matching bridesmaid dresses) that you have to buy a new pattern for each person!  Sadly it only proves that … Continue reading

Sewing for profit. Projects that are great to make to sell

Ideas and tips for sewing for selling. What do you need to consider and links to some great projects that could be good profit-makers.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, with a really fun round up of things that I think would be great to see and then sell at a craft fair or on Etsy and other online handicrafts venues. I am an avid handmade shopper, so I not only looked for things I’d buy myself but also considered how long they’d take to make, how much fabric they’d use, and if they’d make good gifts! I think you will find some fun new ideas if you sew to sell, or maybe just some new projects if you don’t.  I have a round-up of fabric scrap gift ideas that also has some great ideas too! What makes a good “sew to sell”  project? Supplies – if it uses small pieces of fabric or basic sewing supplies, you don’t have much of an outlay.  If … Continue reading

Selling what you sew – how to price your work

Sewing to sell. How to price your work. Several different methods discussed and a handy worksheet to give you a range of selling prices.

We’ve mentioned previously at a few articles about sewing to sell, or selling what you sew, either online in marketplaces like Etsy, or locally at craft fairs. For example, How to get traffic to your Etsy Shop. In the sewing chat group, people often post pictures of what they’ve made and make inquiries about what to sell it for.  Or just ask for general advice on how to price to sell, based on the cost of materials used etc.  Too often the likely selling price is no more than the cost of the materials, so you don’t make a profit, or even get compensated for your time. Sadly some people just don’t recognize the value of ‘hand-made’ goods these days so you can’t always achieve the price you need.  Many people still do, however (it’s just finding the right venue to sell to … Continue reading

Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels

Printable sheet of 'handmade' labels. Print on fabric at home to create your own deisgner sewing labels.

We’ve looked now at how to print your own fabric at home on your home printer over two earlier articles: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading So now we have the necessary knowledge and equipment on hand, we really ought to put that into practice.  I have an upcoming project for you I think you’ll like, but before we get to that one, let’s start with some labels you can print yourself. Print your own sewing labels If you sew for gifts, or sew for sale, then it’s really nice to include a label in your completed project to show that it was handmade.  We put a lot of care, hard work and love into the things we sew and should be proud of what we make. So … Continue reading

How to get traffic to your Etsy shop

I know that a lot of you sell what you sew. Whether that’s online in your own store, or on sites like Etsy and Artfire or Folksy, the biggest hurdle to success usually falls into a single reason – traffic.  So how to get traffic to your Etsy shop? Just like any store, you need customers. Foot-traffic through your store so that they can see what you have for sale. Even if you create the most amazing hand-crafted bags, in the most unique fabrics and styles – you won’t sell a single one if no one actually comes to your shop. On Etsy this can be a big problem because its huge and growing all the time. So how can you get your shop noticed? An online friend of mine Johan, is an expert at online selling and has created … Continue reading

20 Tips for Etsy Success – and Giveaway

Did you know I had an alter-ego?  There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities.  The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew.  I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products.  And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international.  You might say that I am an Etsy success story.  So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job,  I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products.  And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading