First off, let me say that YES – Selling Handmade can be very profitable, if done right. The Handmade Marketplace is an opportunity for you to create a business that you love - if you set yourself apart from the crowd. I’m by no means an expert in the Handmade Marketplace, but I’ve observed artists that have been wildly successful as well as those that struggle. Here are some of my … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #2 Selling More Than Handmade!
The dirty little secret about owning a craft, fabric or quilt shop is this – it’s almost impossible to make a livable wage because the margins on fabrics, notions and craft supplies are so small. Most patrons cannot even imagine how hard it is to be profitable and nearly impossible it is to bring home a paycheck – AT ALL. Think about this - When Thread is your biggest seller and you’re only … [Read more...] about The Dirty Little Secret About Owning A Crafty Business
In 2010 my husband and I opened a boutique fabric shop in our neighborhood lovingly named The West Seattle Fabric Company. The Community had recently lost a large, corporate fabric and craft store 2 years prior so there was certainly a need for a convenient place to buy threads, notions and the basics needed for sewing. I personally had a strong desire to create a place that wasn’t fussy but … [Read more...] about Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I Made…PLEASE!
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. That is definitely the case with these Coasters & Hotpads! No exposed seams, no binding - it's a new sewing enthusiasts dream! They're Layer Cake and Charm Pack Friendly which takes the stress out of color coordinating - How cool is that? If you are giving them as a gift, here's a sweet idea ~ Tuck a little coffee shop gift card right into … [Read more...] about ‘Binding Free’ Coasters & Hotpads!
Whether it's the holiday season or anytime of year, nothing beats a sweet little zipper pouch as a gift for yourself or someone you love. The Pleated Zipper Pouch Tutorial was inspired by one of our most popular beginner classes at The West Seattle Fabric Company, and now I'm bringing it to you here - for free! How Cool is That? The zipper pouches were designed to use with Fat Quarter Bundles … [Read more...] about The Pleated Zipper Pouch Tutorial
Are you new to sewing or just looking for a fun, easy & quick project - well the rag quilt fits in each and every category. I have been know to call it the gateway to quilting and I fully stand behind this. Rag Quilts are adorable enough for a baby shower gift but cozy enough to make for your friend or yourself. https://youtu.be/pPJxuNcNBF8 If you like this video feel free to share it on … [Read more...] about THE Rag Quilt Tutorial