Have You Made Crinkle Toys Lately?

| January 31, 2009

Crinkle toys, crinkle teething blankets, etc are so much fun to make, and twice as much fun watching the little ones play with them.  Their little faces just light up with joy when they squeeze and crinkle the toys and listen to the noice the crinkly fabric makes.For years I’ve made small and large crinkle […]

Start An Embroidery Business From Home

| January 30, 2009

A home based embroidery business can be an excellent option for people wanting to sew up a little extra income.  It’s easier than it may seam if you have the right equipment, and there are many benefits.Make Your Own Hours – Work mornings, evenings, weekends, part-time or full-time, it is completely up to you and […]

Sewing And Stitchery Expo 2009

| January 29, 2009

The annual Sewing & Stitchery Expo is scheduled to be held February 26, 27, 28 and March 1 at the Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, near Tacoma.  The Expo is the most comprehensive trade and consumer education event for the sewing industry and more than 32,000 people from around the world attend every year.  Beginners and […]

Getting Started With Online Videos

| January 27, 2009

In a previous post, we briefly mentioned using technology to increase sales, as well as the fact that 94% of Internet users report that they watch online videos with some frequency.  Additionally, a recent Neilsen report estimates that people will spend 46% more time watching online videos this year.  Since these numbers are sure to only increase […]

How To Blog For Extra Dollars

| January 26, 2009

It makes no difference whether you have a brick and mortar store, work out of your garage, sell only at craft shows, have an etsy store or have a website, the question of the day is — do you have a blog?I’m sure nearly everyone has seen various types of blogs or even subscribe to some […]

Make Crafts From Your Fabric Stash!

| January 25, 2009

We’ve talked on previous posts about saving your scraps, and I’m hoping that you’re saving not just the BIG scrap pieces, but also the smaller ones.  The smaller pieces I usually put all together into a small plastic box since they don’t take up much room, and you just never know when you’ll get into […]

Hearts Galore Pillow

| January 24, 2009

This is a perfect pillow for Valentine’s day — however, since it might take a little time to make, we’re giving it to you early!The pillow is made using a 17-inch square of ecru linen or sturdy cotton for background of the front and a medium blue felt for the back.  You will need a 15-inch […]

Duluth Company Goes To The Dogs

| January 23, 2009

Louise Russell’s company in Duluth, Minnesota is the largest maker of dog booties in the world.  Russell has seven employees who work with her full time at sewing tables stacked with colorful, yet tough fabrics.  Dogbooties.com has quietly grown over the years and now ships booties to mushers and dog owners in all fifty states […]

New Safety Regulations Expected to Hurt Mom Based Garment Industry

| January 22, 2009

New federal requirements will take effect in February 2009 that are intended to make children’s products safer and lead-free.  In response to recent problems with alarmingly high levels of lead in imported products, Congress has mandated the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).These new rules apply to retailers, manufacturers, and importers and most of them are […]

What Do Shoppers Want in 2009?

| January 20, 2009

The majority of adults in the United States (69% of them) reveal that they plan to spend less on retail shopping this year than they did in 2008.  Random telephone interviews conducted nationwide in the 2009 Consumer Shopping Intentions Study also indicate however, that 58% of young adults age 18-24 plan to spend the same or […]