Perry Moffitt

July 27, 2014

What to Sew for a Craft Show (an amateur’s guide)

I am by no means an expert, but I have a little experience doing a table at our neighborhood farmers market. I wanted some new ideas recently and couldn’t really find anyone sharing what they sell, so I thought I would share. Below are some pictures of the market yesterday. We had a little rain early on which forced me to pull everything way into the tent, but it cleared quickly and I sold about half of what I made.

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I have occasionally sold quilts at the market, not this time, but they do draw people in to talk to me. I made 10 patchwork pillows and sold 7.  I used $4 pillow forms from IKEA and the covers were made almost entirely of scraps so they were definitely a profit item.

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I tried some ipad stands for the first time, I found a couple of tutorials on pinterest. I sold 4 out of the 10, but a lot of people commented how clever they were, I think they might to better at a show closer to Christmas.

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The biggest seller is always my dresses. Modeled here by my mini me. I have been making these dresses for about 8 years.

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They are reversible with no snaps, zippers, or buttons. I write more about them here and here. I sold around 20 dresses in 4 different sizes this time, which is about average for a 4 hour market.

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And the little things. I do some appliques on onesies and tee shirts if I have some good fabrics for it. I don’t really kill myself over these, but I do have a little stash of fussy cut pieces that would work and look at the clearance racks for white shirts.

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Dish soap dresses. More about them here. People giggle, but then they buy them and they are a great way to use larger scraps. The key is finding a lot of lace on a good deal.

Bibs. I buy a 10 pack and sew on some fun appliques and people buy them like crazy. Maybe it is the low price item? Or because they are mostly gender neutral? Dunno. But they sell!

Tooth Fairy Pillows. This is how I grab some of the parents that have kids too big for my dresses. I ask if the tooth fairy has visited yet and the kids get excited about the tooth fairy and the parents love the idea that the tooth doesn’t get lost! I have branched out in different fabrics since I first made them and make some with piping instead of lace for boys. I sold 6 of these in a few hours yesterday.

Security Blankets. Another small item, but something that people love because they are hard to find in regular stores. I make them in matching pairs and urge people to buy 2 so they can have a backup or one at daycare.

I would love suggestions of what else to sell and hope that these ideas help you!

July 11, 2014

Nautical Baby Quilt

I love it when I can pull an entire quilt out of my stash! I had a few girl baby quilts for my upcoming market day and nothing for boys, so I whipped up this guy.

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I think the wonky star is one of my favorite quilt techniques. I am so happy I grabbed this orange fabric when I saw it.

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Grabbing  more than a yard of the pirate fabric when it was on clearance was genius as it made the perfect backing. nautical quilt 1

 

It is all packed up for my farmers market table in 2 weeks, time to finish up all the other things I am hoping to sell!

June 22, 2014

Rainbow Pillows

What is better than a rainbow pillow?

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Making 2 more so you can keep one for yourself!

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I found some feather pillows on sale at Ikea ($5!) and did some freestyle scrap piecing. I love them!!!

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I used the fabric that I have been calling “trivial pursuit circles” as a the backs, sorry folks, there is no escaping the vibrant colors!

 

June 15, 2014

Father’s Day for a Sailor

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I sew and my husband build boats and sails them. Hobbies that should last us the 2+ decades before we retire!  I started this quilt a (very, very) long time ago and broke the free motion foot doing all the quilting.

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I eventually got a replacement foot but it still sat in a WIP pile for way too long. In fact, this is probably one of the first 10 quilts I ever did. Here is a closeup of the pebbling on the back…many MANY spools of thread!

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When I pulled this out to finish for fathers day I was pleasantly surprised at the backing fabrics, it had been stashed for so  long I forgot how much I like the back!


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And a detail that only my husband will appreciate, this is an approximation of the catamaran he built;

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This one is an approximation of his brother’s boat;
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June 3, 2014

Pillows, cushions, tuffets, eh- whatever…

Filed under: Sewing Pillows — perrymoffitt @ 12:50 pm

I wish I could say this is the end of the pillows for a while, but it wouldn’t be true. I should just rename this blog to “the lady who makes pillows and occasionally quilts”

Anyway…

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This here we call, “pillows on chairs that need to be painted or sealed a few seasons ago”.

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And this one is the zoom-in so that you don’t see the appalling amount of weeds in the yard. But, oh! what a nice mix of Orange and Pink!

IMG_1006And this is where I say ” rainbows, always a safe bet”

 

 

May 26, 2014

Tumbler Pillows and Baby Dresses

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Stocking up for my Artist Table at the Farmers Market later this summer. Making a serious dent in my fabric. Loving my Accuquilt tumbler die!

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More baby dresses! Hoping there are lots of babies that need dresses this summer !

May 23, 2014

Music Pillows

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After I finished this baby quilt, I had lots of music fabric left over, so I made these for the raffle at the local high school that helps buy musical instruments for the school district.

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Now they have a new home with some lucky winners! And we won tickets to the Crayola factory in the raffle, good karma works!!

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May 20, 2014

Scrappy French Braid

Don’t know what I will do with these lovelies yet but, I am slowly but surely making the whole rainbow.

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It will have to be a quilt for my bed, because these are just too awesome.

 

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Happy spring days to you! Off to spend some more time in the garden!

April 13, 2014

Notting Hill Dress, McCalls 4817

I had been hording these Joel Dewberry Notting Hill fabrics for a little while and they fell together so nicely with this dress. I loosely used the McCalls 4817 pattern, although I changed the back of the bodice to make it a little higher in on the back. I tried to size down the size 6 pattern a little, but it is definitely too big on my size 4 kid, so I guess I didn’t size it down enough.

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A quick zipper on the back and I managed to finish this beauty in a few hours. Totally the best thing I have sewn so far this spring!

 

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March 31, 2014

Black and White Baby Quilt

A baby quilt for an expecting music teacher. I bought the only music fabrics at the 2 stores I visited,  embraced the black and white idea and found a pin on pintrest and away we go!

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Why yes, I did just finish painting the front hall and adding these hooks. Don’t they look swell?

 

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The applique flower, needed a little something, so I added that stitched swirl.  It makes me want to add more stitched detail somewhere… but where?

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And the back is part of an IKEA duvet cover I got from AS IS for $10. It couldn’t be more perfect for a baby girl!

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Yes, this darn quilt is a rhombus. How I did it, I don’t know. I trimmed at right angles! I Swear!  You don’t notice at all until you hang it… Maybe I will blame it on the new hooks, they must be off… right?

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