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!

May 26, 2014

Tumbler Pillows and Baby Dresses

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts),Sewing Pillows — perrymoffitt @ 3:29 pm
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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 !

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 16, 2014

McCall’s 5838

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts),The sweet baby — perrymoffitt @ 7:29 pm
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IMG_0844My tallish 3 year old is turning 4 this month. We are sitting right at the end toddler sizes and dipping our toe in girls sizes. I made this dress a size 5, nice and roomy for the coming summer, a vague possibility that it might fit next year? Loving this pattern. McCalls’s 5838 you are really very lovely. Lined top, easy zipper install, I look forward to making some more of these.

 

February 24, 2014

Reversible Baby Dresses

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts) — perrymoffitt @ 11:03 pm
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I am totally bewildered why I neglected to take any pictures of my own child in any of the dresses I made her when she was smaller. I blame the sleep deprivation.   Getting better sleep these days, I stitched up a stack of reversible dresses for little babies and listed a few on my etsy page.  The snow is slowly melting, I think sewing sundresses is helping.
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February 21, 2014

Dance Bags

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts) — perrymoffitt @ 5:48 pm
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I have made a slew of these for my good friend who is now in her 3rd season of running a dance school. Around 60 maybe? I have lost count. IMG_0719

I did them this time. And this other time. I really liked the dragonfly ones here. And holy crap, I have some more here. And I know I missed taking a picture with at least 2 sets. Anyway. 12 more delivered this week to dance class.

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I ordered some horse fabric for a special request that I will sew this weekend. I gotta say, I never thought to make a horse bag for the performing arts school. But it made my self imposed rules a little more flexible. I did a London bag you can see up there and Russian nesting dolls and a mermaid one for my daughter. I don’t know why I was choosing the less “themed” fabric before, maybe I wanted to be loyal to the “arts” theme. Eh, well, I got over it… and thank goodness, these are my favorite ones so far.

February 13, 2014

Mermaid Dresses

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts),The sweet baby — perrymoffitt @ 8:43 pm
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So, I made another Roller Skate Dress (pattern by Oliver + S). The young one requested mermaids. I was happy to oblige.

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She wrinkled her nose. Turned her head away and said; “you picked the wrong mermaids”. I was sad. But I got back on the horse.

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I used a new-to-me Japanese pattern and made a 2nd mermaid dress. Well, really more like a top, but cute, at least I thought it was cute. I revealed it to her, her eyes popped and then she paused and said “I don’t like green” and refuses to wear either.

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This is as close as I could get to the dresses on her. Humility, that is my lesson for the day.

February 4, 2014

Roller Skate Dress

Filed under: Sewing for Kids (not quilts) — perrymoffitt @ 11:38 am
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Well, I am late to this party, but I am loving the Roller Skate Dress by Oliver + S. I got my pattern on sale at Cloth and Bobbin! check them out!

I finished this one over the weekend. Size 5, a little roomy on my size 4 girl so this one will last a while.

fox dress 1She turned up her nose at the fox fabric initially, but did eventually put the dress on to wear for several hours, making the dress maker feel a little better.

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It is a fully lined dress which was a little unexpected. I have to search out a light weight lining, even that minty green muslin felt too heavy.

September 20, 2013

Custom Drawstring Bags

I lost count of how many of these I made last year. But a new school year calls for some more bags.

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And now we are off to dance class!

September 17, 2013

Art Supply Pockets

It is official. I am sewing crazy. I looked at those over the door shoe organizers and could not bring myself to pay 15 bucks for a some canvas. So, here we are, Ikea canvas for the backing, pockets out of sheer curtain scraps (that I hung on to for some reason) and I have one very pleased artist.

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I think I might have to do another for the stuff animal over population around here.

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