Those of you that read my newsletter know that I have been working very hard these past few months to learn all I can about making craft shows a success because I am signed up for four of them this year and a couple of them are pretty big. Note: this post contains affiliate links. For more on affiliate links please see my about page.
I bought the book "Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business" by Virginia Lindsay about a year ago and I have been using it A LOT these past couple of months. I am not a beginner at having a craft business but I am new to craft shows having only done one so far. There is a lot of great information in here. There are also 16 projects that you can make and are allowed to sell.
Here is what I have made so far:
The Slouch Bag (I modified the handles slightly) from the book Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business
Fabric is Luna Sol by Felice Regina. I ordered mine from Zoey and Bean Fabrics.
The Great Big Tote from the book Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business
Made with Conservatory fabrics ordered from Studio 39 Fabrics.
Handmade Bags made by myself are available to purchase here.
I made six Kids' Craft Aprons - a slight modification of the Craft Apron pattern in the book. They are modeled here by my daughter.
I made four adult Craft Aprons out of Luna Sol Fabric. All craft aprons are available here.
Craft aprons from the book Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business.
This book, as you can see, is full of great projects, tips and tricks. For example, Virginia suggests using painters drip cloth canvas for the tote bags and the craft aprons as well as some other projects. Genius! I got an 8 ft x 12 ft canvas drop cloth from the hardware store for $30 and I can make tonnes of projects with it! This allows me to keep my price down as well and the things I made to sell are still of high quality and are in fact stronger and sturdier than sewing with only quilting cotton.
I recommend this book without hesitation if you are sewing to sell or even if you just want to make a lot of gifts affordably. She gives you options for making four at a time and six at a time of some of the projects as well. These options include fabric requirements and how to cut efficiently.