Emma was invited to a birthday party by one of the little girls in her preschool class. I was scheduled to be out of town on a girls' weekend, which left my hubs here to handle the Build-A-Bear Birthday Bash experience solo. In those fleeting hours prior to my big departure, instead of packing and planning, I was quickly sewing together this little tote bag for the birthday girl. We all know that inspiration has impeccable timing. :-)
I used a tutorial from Randi at I Have To Say. You can find it on her sidebar. Her directions were super easy to follow, and this bag was a snap. I followed her instructions (mostly) as written. (I adjusted the size slightly, pieced a few of my panels to make my fabric scraps work, gusseted the corners in the bottom of the bag, and added some yo-yo embellishments.) Minor adjustments like those are easy to do using Randi's simple and clever pattern as a base.
I will also add that Randi has a WONDERFUL online fabric shop called Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Her customer service is outstanding and she always has a great selection of fabrics available. I don't know her personally, but I am a long time reader and I love her blog.
Anyway, I filled the bag with a little gift and sent it, my girl, and her Daddy off to the mall to build a bear while I headed to a craft fair in Tulsa with a friend.
We didn't see many actual crafts at the craft fair. There was a lot of clothing and jewelry, but not a ton of homemade items. It got me thinking about the potential for my own booth at a craft fair in the future.
Could I build up enough inventory?
Would I be able to make any profit?
Is there a market for quilted bags, runners, and other small items?
And, most importantly...
Would sewing stay fun if it became a "job"??
Thoughts to noodle.