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Thread: Just how many items should I have ready for a one day craft sale?

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    I think it's a one day sale.... :shock: :?: :?: :?:

    So far--I have either the top done--or the item completely done on about 25 pieces (some of these have been done for awhile). There's one BIG quilt, 4 lap quilts, 4 baby size quilts, 4 wall hangings/table toppers (I hate adding a hanging sleeve--so it's a table topper if it doesn't have one :wink:) and 12 table runners.....so far. I'm not done...

    How many more things should I plan on making? I think I'd add baby blankets.... say 36"-42" square ones.

    Thanks.

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    maybe a pillow or two?

    small things that don't cost very much...

    we are in a depressed area and then the economy taking a dive has crafts people sitting there and not even getting the cost of the booth back....

    so make small things that people will buy - I know that's hard with quilting - but maybe SMALL wall hangings, etc

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    How about some quilted rice bags. I've heard that they are a big hit at craft shows.

    http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/2006/01/rice-bags-portable-cozy-safe-heat.html

    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/ricehotpack.shtml

    http://www.quiltbus.com/microwave-bags.htm

    http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/ef_ricebags.html

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    If you have time, I'd make smaller things also. Alot of times, when someone buys a larger item, they also buy smaller ones or vice versa or sometimes just whatever they can afford....I guess I should say I do that. I hope the craft sale goes great for you! :)

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    How about som potholders with matching dish towels with quilting bands across the bottom. I agree that small "buck" items will probably sell better. Good luck to you, it sounds like fun!

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    Joan took the words right out of my mouth--I was going to suggest potholders with matching towels. You might consider making some of them with a holiday theme, too--Christmas, of course, but also Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day--pretty much whatever you want.

    A few years ago I made coasters with quilt patterns cross-stitched on them (huh???) for all my friends. They still have them and use them, and so do I! They really didn't take all that long to do--I have a book full of them I'd be glad to loan you if you're interested. Picture attached below.

    One of my most treasured possessions is a pin cushion a friend made for me. Picture down below. You wouldn't be able to put a name on it, but you could use all kinds of quilt patterns cut down small. Just some ideas.
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    I would go with the heated rice bags
    table linens
    etc....along those lines
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    Placemats might go together pretty quickly and sell well, too.

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    I agree with Harmony - place setting mats are popular, they dont have to be more than about 12in square - I make sets of 6, or 8 for Christmas ones.
    I also do spectacle cases, tea cozies, small wallhangings for children (just fused applique which is quick), needle cases, pin cushions, bookmarks.
    And any wallhangings with cats as subjects always go well - I do them about 30in square.
    Adjust a tote pattern for little bags for little girls, they love them.
    I have made coasters to match the tea cozies which are popular.

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    Oh yikes--these ideas are sending me into unknown territories....
    The rice bags didn't look too hard, but I'm running out of time to learn new sutff....

    A set of placemats would be the same price as table runnners?

    I'm just not a tote maker--

    BUT--if smaller is definitely what everyone agrees on--I'll make ornaments! I've made mini log cabin quilted ornaments in the past--for my students. That's something in my comfort zone! AND I bet I have plenty of fabric too.

    Thanks for triggering the idea!

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