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What are small items for a guild to sell at a quilt show?

Old 01-04-2018, 03:45 PM
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Default What are small items for a guild to sell at a quilt show?

Our guild is going to have a booth at a quilt show and we are planning on having small items for sale, while drumming up enthusiasm for joining our guild.

We've pretty much maxed out on pot holders, coasters, bowl holders for the microwave, and mug rugs.

We already plan on putting orphan blocks, our spare 2.5" charms, and strips out there, as well.

But do you have any other ideas for something we could do and have? And if so, what is your favorite pattern for it?

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Old 01-04-2018, 04:16 PM
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I saw a neat idea on Bonnie Hunter's Facebook group that someone had received for Christmas. Someone had opened the bottom of a Kleenex box and fold in (so they come out like tissues) 10 inch squares of fabric. If you had your guild all bring misc. 10 inch squares, you could make up scrap Kleenex boxes. I know I would buy one for working on scrap quilts.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:21 PM
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That sounds like a cool idea, Tartan!
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:25 PM
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I think I heard from someone this season that some machine embroidery gift tags sold like lightening. They wouldn't have to be machine embroidery ... little quilt blocks with a place to write To and From with a hanging ribbon would probably work, too.

How about some small zip cases, for earbuds, credit cards, change etc.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:32 PM
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These sold fast at our guild table. Make from theme fabric as to what can be put inside. From cosmetics, drawing supplies, toy cars, notions, first aid, hair accessories, the list is endless. Some we jazzed up with embroidery, buttons, charms, satin fabric, velvet. Made some big enough for shoes and beach bags.

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Old 01-04-2018, 05:33 PM
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You would need to check what the "rules" are for the event.
Commercial vendors may be "protected" and you may not be allowed to sell specific items.

Similarly, be careful you are not breaching any copyright matters.

Some of the Guilds around here sell remnants (pre-measured) donated by their members.
Or make up pre-cuts ... layer cake, jelly rolls, charm squares etc.
Likewise, kits could be made of fabrics and patterns.
Also, used quilt patterns, books and magazines are often out and waiting.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:34 PM
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I love to buy interesting pin cushions at quit shows. I have a mouse, a hen and a tea cup pin cushion. Needle books seems to sell too. One guild hubby makes ruler holders. He makes grooves in a nice piece of lumber and polishes it up. I can fit about 5 rulers in it.

Jewellery travel pouches are popular as at the bun basket dividers. Casserole carriers are popular for gifts too.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:40 PM
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Key-chain lanyards would be easy and simple. A strip of fabric folded with a bias strip maker. Stitch each side and add a key ring on end.

More ideas here.


Kleenex tissue pouch
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:25 PM
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If your guild or some of itís members have die cutting machines, why not put fusibles on fabric, and die cut the shapes?

Additionally, could cut out entire quilts (preferably die cut) and sell them as kits.

Itís been my experience, quilters donít buy ready made items they could easily make themselves. They may never get around to it, but theyíre likely to say ďI could make thatĒ and pass it up. Selling things they could buy to make it themselves, just seems like a more likely sell.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:12 PM
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If your guild machine embroiders, you could design ready to use quilt labels...make them unique to what's on the market. These are a pain to do for me so I'm always on the hunt for unique labels I can sew on etc. Show your guild's talent off.
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