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Thread: So if you could only pick one of your hobbies...

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    ...which would it be and why?

    There are 3 things I really like to do - sew, cross stitch, and write. BUT I want to make some moolah on the side and I won't do that by cross stitching (takes waaaay too long) or writing (ever try to publish something?) so that leaves sewing, which I also love.

    But what I want to sew I'm not sure there is a market for. Ready? I want to make cloth dolls. Small-ish ones with their own blanket or outfit or stuffed puppy or carry-all.

    Attached are some I've made in the past which I'm sure some of you have already seen.

    What do you think? Do you think they would sell? Do kids / adults still play with dolls?

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    I love handcrafted dolls and usually buy them for the little ones in the family. Pretty dresses on Midge and Sarah. You do beautiful work. I am sure they would sell...but how many and often? I have no idea what size market there is. Good luck!

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    Those are really nice.

    I love quilting and photography, I can't give up either.

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    Barbie clothes sell well at our church picnic

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    Cute dolls and Barbie clothes which young girls love.

    I would choose quilting for my hobby all the way!!

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    Thanks for the compliments!

    Barbie clothes, really? I didn't know girls still played with Barbies, I thought they had some new 11 1/2" doll out there now. I'm happy you said that though because I'm kind of tired of seeing those 18" outfits everywhere.

    What about doll houses - do girls play with them? My daughter is now 24 and niece is 12 so haven't been around little girls for a while.

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    I quilt, make dolls and paint...now and then I do embroidery, knit and do a couple ceramics, I do have all the supplies to d0 all the above and I am not about to give any of it up lol.

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    Have you priced at retail Barbie clothes? They are fairly high. I would think Barbie clothes priced less than retail would sell!!

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    Oh boy, my favourites, quilting & cross stitching, I couldn't give up either. I do both almost daily at different times of the day.

    Nancy.....Amelia & Elizabeth are beautiful. I don't have girls, & I'm not into "dolls" myself but one of those would definitely be in my sewing room for me to enjoy. How I would love her company!
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    I will have to choose quilting, too much invested in this hobby.

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    Quilting and gardening depending on the season.

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    I'm not a doll person - never have been - but these are very nice. Have you tried etsy? That seems to be the place to be - or maybe eBay.

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    I love Amelia and Elizabeth! Good job!

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    I especially LOVE Elizabeth. She is absolutely beautiful.
    Those eyes & lips are precious.

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    My two hobbies are weightlifting and quilting. I keep it to a minimum so I can focus my money, time and energy.

    Weightlifting is great for my health, waistline, and happiness. I couldn't give that up.

    Quilting is fun and I fit it in when I have time b/w work, husband, kids, and working out. I would hate to give it up...

    As far as the doll clothes, I would look at what dolls are top sellers and the clothing for them. American Girl Dolls are popular and I think accessories are quite expensive. I am assuming there is a market, but I have 2 sons so I am not sure.

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    I know several people who are always looking for clothes for American Girl dolls which seem very popular. They are 18in dolls and the clothing for them is very expensive. My mom just made about 20 outfits for one of her DGGD's doll.

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    I love all the dolls ... very nice work. I bought a pattern for an 18" doll to see if it was too time consuming or frustrating to make. That's still waiting along with tons of other things. Last Christmas my niece's daughter (two months away from being six) rattled off all the barbie names of the ones she didn't get. I don't know at what age they no longer have interest but, I gotta say, the boxes full of toys and dolls I found in my parents' house was so much fun to go thru. I have a few of them displayed and it means so much to me. And although they aren't Barbies, they are fashionable young ladies :)
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    Oh, I forgot ... I'd choose quilting. And sewing. And writing (song lyrics).
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    Yes, kids do still play with dolls and adults often use them as decorations. As for me, I love Amelia and think she would look nice setting on a chair or bed in the bed room. Also, there is most likely a market for doll clothing to fit dolls like Barbie. However, I think it would be wise to do more research on how to price and market your products before mass producing either of these items. I wish you well in your future business.

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    I think the 11.5" doll dresses are still popular - especially if you sell them at a more reasonable price than the store ones. I had success with them by packaging them in clip-lock bags in groups of 5 different ones and advertising that they could buy them individually or in the 5 pack for a special price. I also allowed them to make their own selection for what went into the 5 pack. Everyone was happy that way.

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    Your dolls and their clothes are beautiful. Have you thought of opening an ETSY shop or selling on e-Bay? If you don't want to sell that way do you have another venue? Is there a local store (perhaps a fabric store whose fabrics you have used for the dolls and clothes) where you could display a few dolls on a trial basis? I think there is the potential for making some good $$ based these pictures but only if you can get into a place where it would be seen by people who would buy custom work like this.

    As an alternative, what about going into your local fabric store(s) and showing the dolls and clothes and offering to do classes teaching how it's done?

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    I love the Elizabeth doll, she is precious. I wish i could make dolls too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    ...which would it be and why?

    There are 3 things I really like to do - sew, cross stitch, and write. BUT I want to make some moolah on the side and I won't do that by cross stitching (takes waaaay too long) or writing (ever try to publish something?) so that leaves sewing, which I also love.

    But what I want to sew I'm not sure there is a market for. Ready? I want to make cloth dolls. Small-ish ones with their own blanket or outfit or stuffed puppy or carry-all.

    Attached are some I've made in the past which I'm sure some of you have already seen.

    What do you think? Do you think they would sell? Do kids / adults still play with dolls?
    HOW CUTE I CROCHET DOLL DRESSES AND DOLL,BABY,AND LARGE AFGHAN.I CANNOT CROSS STITCH VERY WELL.FIRST THOUGH I LIKE TO MAKE QUILTS TOPS.I DON'T HAVE A LONG ARM AND FMQ AIN'T FOR ME OR AT LEAST THATS WHAT I KEEP TELLING MYSELF.

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    Nancy, if I did not sew I would definitely buy Amelia and Elizabeth for my granddaughters. They are absolutely adorable. Find a children's boutique or sell them on line. A young woman in our local area is selling dolls on line. There was a write up in the paper within the last several months and she said she started out in her house and has now moved into a seperate building and has two other women helping her.

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    i love your dolls!!! My youngest daughter's best friend is Amelia!!! I think they would make great gifts!!!

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