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Freebie for Twins! Buy One / Get One Free

16 Jun

A friend of mine is having twins, so naturally, I have to make a set of matching onesies for the new babies.

Here is a set of files that are perfect for Twins! I can’t wait to put these on onesies, I think they’ll look adorable!

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Here is my “Test” run for these two files. They turned out perfect!

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These files are free! So, if you know someone who is having twins, get to stitchin!

Each file fits a 4×4″ hoop, and the format is PES.

To download, click on each link below:

Buy One

Get One Free

Instructions

Some Thoughts on Pricing Your Hand-made Items

14 Jun

I’ve been selling hand-made things since I was a little girl. Believe me, that is a LONG time. It’s sometimes difficult to come up with a fair price to charge. (Fair for both the buyer AND the maker.) I’ve learned a few important things along the way.

Here is a simple formula for coming up with a price for hand-made items:

your hourly wage

x   how many hours it takes to make the item

+ materials cost

+ your hourly wage (for materials shopping time)

Depending on what you’re making, this formula can be tweaked a bit.

But, My Price is Too High!
Remember, you are not competing with “Target”‘s prices. There is a monetary difference between “custom-made” and something bought off the shelf from some store.
If people want cheap prices, they will shop at Target and buy something that was mass produced in some low-wage country. Unless you are ok with working for those foreign-country low-pay wages, you should charge the income that you are actually willing to get out of bed, get dressed, and go to work for. A good question to ask yourself is: “If I suddenly got 10 orders for this item today, what price would be incentive enough for me to want to make ten more?”

Or another thing to think about: If a company called you up and offered you $3 per hour to come work for them making these items, would you accept that offer? Um, no. Why? Because you don’t work for $3 per hour, that’s why!! So don’t undersell yourself.

But, My Price is STILL too high, and I Really Want to Sell Things!

You can get your price down by making several of one item at once. For example: At $15.00 an hour, I can make one completed embroidered bag in 1.5  hours for $22.50 for one bag.  But I can make 5 of them in 3 hours which is $45 divided by 5, and that comes to $9 per bag. Quite a difference!  This is the reason streamlining your production time is very important.  If it takes you three hours to cut out the fabric for your item, you need to change something! Either have a caffeinated drink so you cut faster, or invest in better tools, or otherwise figure out what is making you so slow and fix it.  Time is money.

The Psychology of It All

We humans are funny creatures. We automatically equate the cost of something with it’s value.  If there is a bag for $5, and another bag for $50, people will assume the higher priced bag is high-end, better made merchandise, and therefore worth the money. That’s just a fact.  Your pricing sends a message to the world about the quality of your item.

So What Will Happen If I Agree to Work for Low Wages?

You will get a lot of orders. No, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Because, you will begin to dread making the items, and your craft will no longer be fun, it will be a chore.  Don’t think that will happen? Trust me, it will happen.  You will suddenly realize if you had charged a higher price, you would have had fewer orders, yes, but would have made the same amount of money.

Moral of This Story

Don’t undersell yourself.

Evenfall Lace by Urban Threads

23 May

I wanted to share this video from Urban Threads of their Evenfall Lace designs. I’ve made a few of these gorgeous lace designs, and plan to make more!

Right now, EVERYTHING is on sale half off at their website, so grab them now if you want them!

 

Ninja / Pirate Thumb Wars!

22 May

I was browsing through Urban Thread’s tutorial list today and remembered that I had bought these Pirate and Ninja Thumb War designs but never made them! *gasp*

So, being Wednesday, I thought it was time I did.

Also, while looking for UT’s photo to post here, I found they also have a Zombie, Vampire, Robot, and Werewolf! Whaaaat?? Nobody told me!! Into my basket they go, since they are having their fabulous Birthday Sale right now! (EVERYTHING half off!)

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Here are the pieces all cut out. I altered the hook hand a little bit, and colored in the hook itself with a black Sharpie marker.

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Sewing out the Pirate!

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They look different sizes, but they really aren’t. I took two photos and merged them together for this picture. I found that it is impossible to take a picture of BOTH of your thumbs at the same time!

~It is also impossible to have a Thumb War with yourself…

These little guys look fierce, huh!  Which do you think will win?

Gingham Style!

17 May

Had to share this, for all the “fabric ladies” out there!

This is kind of how I am in a fabric store!

😀

Barefoot Sandals

16 May

It’s that time of year again. Put away the boots and get out the sandals! I like to actually go barefoot a lot, and I love barefoot sandals!

For this project, I used a design from Urban Thread’s Elven Court series.

I had to make the design a little narrower and I made a satin stitch border around the entire design. It’s stitched on sheer fabric, in fact, I think it once was a sheer curtain in a former life.

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I hooped this using three layers: On the bottom was Super Solvy (the thick stuff), then the sheer fabric was in the middle, and one layer of regular solvy (the thin stuff) was on the top.

After sewing the applique stitching, I trimmed it.

The above picture shows the design after I cut away the top thin solvy and the sheer fabric, leaving it on the bottom Super Solvy layer.

Then I stuck it back in the machine and stitched the satin border.

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I added a little elastic for the toe, and tatted lace from my stash for around the ankle. I found that hand-sewing these on worked a lot better than machine sewing them.

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And thanks to my new barefoot sandals (and photoshop) even my ugly feet look pretty! (sorta.)

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This got me to thinking…I wonder if I could make a G-string with this design?? hmmmm……

Oooooops!

14 May

I have a really BAD habit of walking away from my machine to go do other things.

HERE is why I really shouldn’t do that.

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Yup…my machine “ate” my project! I was making lace, but when I came back to it, I found half of it eaten, and my needle broken.

Fun, fun.

Now I’ll have to take the bottom plate off, and dig out all the threads….

Next time, I’ll sit and babysit it.

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Ready to start again!

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I just cut out the mangled part, and since this is water soluable stabilizer, I just cut a piece of scrap stabilizer and “glued” it on with water, to cover the hole.

Ready, set……SEW!

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Geez…..it’s gonna be ONE OF THOSE DAYS!

What is going on here? You can see there is another outline of a flower …which should not be there!

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Ok, so this is what has happened. Because of the original mishap, my machine got “Off Track”, meaning the arm, the design, the computer–all got a little confused as to what it is supposed to be doing. The way to fix this is to turn off the machine, then turn it back on. This resets it, and everything should work properly.   SHOULD.

So, we’ll see….