It may surprise you to learn that the most popular post on my blog by a long, long way is this one on Craft Fair Tips. I struggled to find similar advice when I first decided to sell at craft fairs myself, so it really pleases me that people are benefiting from the tips in the post. One tip I give is a list of handmade items that sell well for me. Some items, such as lavender bags, wash bags and tooth fairy cushions, will always sell well. Some aren't quite as popular, so from time to time, I like to introduce a few new lines to keep the stall fresh and up to date. As my first craft fair of the Christmas season is this week (yikes!), I thought I'd share my new additions with you. You never know, they may inspire you or spark off an idea of your own.
These are very quick to make and great for using up long, thin scraps of fabric.
It's also good to have a few low priced items on a craft stall and these are ideal.
Not exactly the correct season for peg bags, but I've made these because I get asked if I sell them at every single craft fair I'm at.
Just watch, now that I've made them, nobody will be interested! I think they work best made from tougher, decor-weight fabric which is strong enough to hold an army of pegs.
Fabric Covered Notebook
I was sent my own polka dot notebook (which I use all the time incidentally) by Dottie Doodle as part of the Spring Sewing Swap. I used her tutorial to make a few and have a feeling they'll be popular.
I can't see how a young girl wouldn't want one, especially if they're as obsessed with stationery as I was as a teenager!
And when you've finished writing your memoirs in it, simply replace the cheap notebook inside (I got mine from Tesco) and keep the lovely fabric cover! As with the Travel Card Holder, I think they're lovely, slightly unusual gifts for friends to buy for each other.
Last but not least is something sewing related. The idea for this was conceived after I received a FQ of tape measure fabric as a gift from Marie at A Stitching Odyssey. But what to make with it?
I decided on a sewing kit - a small zipped purse, lined with a plain fabric and containing a sewing kit. These particular sewing kits are available in a lot of shops and supermarkets. I think it's a nice touch if the outer purse fabric features a sewing print. So as well as the tape measure version, I also made a few using some vintage pattern fabric from my stash.
Endlessly useful and a great stocking filler.
I hope these extra ideas have inspired you, I just need to sell everything I've made now! x