This holiday I wanted to make most of my presents myself. I feel like if I can hand make things then they are more meaningful and unique. On the other plus side, they are "free." :) I wanted to make my girlfriend's sister a zipper pouch so I thought up a design in my head and went to work.
The design that I came up with incorporates small scraps and also the fun improv quilting technique that I have come to love so much. :) I drew it up and cut out the pieces, made the middle panel, and added a top and bottom piece to complete the front. I trimmed it to the size I wanted and made the back piece the same size.
It came together pretty quickly and it was super fun to make. Great project for an afternoon or some night sewing.
I posted a picture on instagram and my friend Veronica asked me to make one for her. Here comes the exciting news..... :)
I have been prepping to open an Etsy shop for about a year now, creating branding, moving to a real .com site, making business cards, etc. Veronica spurred me to get my act together and finally open it. She wanted to buy something from me. :) I took some pictures and wrote some postings and tada! I opened an Etsy shop!!
You can find the link to my shop here!
I made her a similar pouch with the same design and posted it in my shop the next day.
She bought it right away and was my first sale!! I am super excited about finally opening my shop. I have done lots of commission work over the years but have always been scared to put myself out there and actually sell my creations. I'm sure you can relate, as artists, we never fail to see the imperfections in our work.
I just got an order of zippers in this week and will be making many pouches for my shop. I would love to hear what kinds of things you would like to see in a shop like mine. Right now I have quilts that I have made that I had good pictures for and am waiting on good weather to take pictures of some more. I would love to put more pouches, journal covers, and tea cozies, but am also thinking of doing some yoga accessories, as I have a great friend, Kathleen, that has asked me to work some stuff up for her and her yogi friends.
Let me know what you would like to see and I will whip up some samples and would love to hear feedback on them. Super excited for what this year will bring. :)
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