I have been absent for the last few weeks for Handmade Monday due to holidays and redecoration/revamp of my kitchen, so I really haven’t had time to do any crafting. However after my last craft fair, I got 3 custom orders which I had to make by this weekend, so with a few days off and kitchen jobs done I finally was able to get my sewing machine out!
My first order was for an apron for wearing at craft fairs, kindly ordered by Jen of Offbeat Beads. She gave me free rein on fabric choice and due to the nature of fabric needed (heavier weight) I decided Ikea was a good place to browse. Here’s the final apron
Jen also ordered a kindle cover for her daughter’s birthday, choosing the fabric herself from Seamstar.
I think it was a great choice and love the pattern!
With me completing more orders, I decided I needed some labels for my products. When I first started making, I bought some labels, however they weren’t all that great and I haven’t been using them. However I knew how important it is to have labels in your products so people remember who you are. I found some great woven labels from a company on Etsy called World Wide Label. I got to choose from a huge selection of colours and fonts and had many emails back and forth to get the right design. The service was very prompt and although I had to order a minimum of 300, it was well worth it!
Here’s one in situ in Jen’s apron
My last order was from a lady who owns a florist shop. At the craft fair I was selling some felt roses I had made almost a year ago but never used. She was really interested and asked me to make her some samples of different sizes, using sticks, brooches and the ability to stick onto paper to display them. I also used the same method using fabric instead of felt. I tried upholstery fabric and also cotton fabric reinforced with some interfacing.
I also tried another type of felt flower using a loop method (green one in the picture) which I think looks really effective.
You might have seen my post in the week about my giveaway to win an olympic inspired tea cosy. The giveaway closed last night and I decided to use random.org to pick the winner. So drumroll please….the winner is….Deb Connor – congratulations!! I will get in touch to arrange delivery!
So quite a productive week really! Once my kitchen is finished I will share some photos with you! I’m off now to browse the other handmade Monday posts, why don’t you join me?