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I’m always on the lookout for things the grandchildren can “help” make – they LOVE to help, and I figure it also stimulates their little creative brains, and who knows what they might come up with later on that we can work on.
The first little project is for a snake bookmark — now EVERY child needs a snake bookmark in his / her books.
The instructions are simple – enlarge the squares to equal 1″ squares, and follow the diagram for drawing the snake. Cut two of the snake pattern, one yellow and the other green. Sew, or glue, gold rickrack to the green piece, which will be the top of the snake. Glue the two pattern pieces together, leaving the head free. Sew two small red beads to the head for eyes and a small red felt piece for the tongue. Stuff the head with cotton and whip-stitch the heads together.
The next little project is one that an older child can help make for a baby brother or sister – a washcloth bib.
To make the bib you’ll need a solid color washcloth, some embroidery cotton and seam binding.
Fold the washcloth in half, as shown in the small diagram, then turn down each corner for ears, as shown in the second small diagram. Stitch the ears in place. Embroider eyes, nose and mouth on the bib. Sew matching seam binding on for the ties.
These even make cute little gifts for someone who is expecting a baby or as part of a baby shower gift.
For other “gift idea” patterns check out the craft patterns at SewWithSarah.com. Ready made gifts are available in the Gift Shop. Check your list and see what all we have that might be the perfect gift for them!
Our Leggings pattern has an incredible fit for every shape. The women’s leggings are perfect for a day in or a night out. Cute & comfortable, our plus size girls’ leggings are perfect for home, travel or wearing to school.
Head from the yoga studio to brunch with a pair of form fitting leggings made from our perfect fitting pattern. Our Leggings pattern is designed to keep you comfortable and meet all exercise needs.
The Leggings can be made Ankle length or Capri length, and can be made out of fleece, knit or spandex or even stretch denim to make jeggings that can be worn anywhere!
The leggings sewing pattern is designed for lightweight cotton knit,
fleece or spandex fabric 50-60″ wide.
The Women’s Leggings pattern has 2 size ranges: S-M-L-XL and 1X-2X-3X-4X-5X. The Plus Size Girls Leggings pattern has 2 size ranges: 8-10-12 and 14-16. Check out the patterns to see which size range will fit you or the plus size girl you sew for.
The Christmas Season has officially started at all the brick and mortar stores. I’ve been seeing Christmas stuff in Walmart and some places already, but normally the first of November the Halloween decorations come down and Christmas decorations, sales incentives and banners come out in full force.
Well, the question of the day is — why aren’t we, the work at home people, doing the same thing?????
Actually, I’ve been doing this for several years. I put up one of those small (they’re about 36″ tall) fiber optic Christmas trees in the corner of my customer waiting area and have a fairly long flowing “tree skirt” coming down from the tree to the floor. I then wrap a few empty boxes in Christmas gift wrapping to put under the tree.
Next comes the “sales promotion ideas”. We’ve already talked about having a corner set aside for baby gift items, like Portable Diaper Changing Stations, Animal Pals Back Packs, etc. Well, you can use some of those same items for children, and add in a few additional items like a Holiday Kissing Ring, Golf Club Mittens for a man’s gift or little microwave mittens as an idea for a “hostess” gift for the parties your customers will be attending.
I have a price tag attached to every gift idea in the customer area – large enough that it draws the customers’ attention so they know that these items are for sale. You will be helping your customers in a big way by having a wide variety of gift ideas they can be thinking about while they are waiting to see you.
As an extra note – I’ve found that whatever gift ideas I have in the customer waiting area, I need to be sure to have the one they can see, PLUS at least two extras. If the only one you have is in the waiting area and a customer wants to buy it – you have only two choices — sell that one and you won’t have one for the next customer to see, OR just take the order for the item and say that you’ll let them know when it’s ready for them. My idea is that if you do the second (take the order and say you’ll let them know when it’s ready), you’re taking a big chance that they may change their mind and you’ve lost the sale. What you want is the sale TODAY and the money in your cash register!
If you’ve never done this before, I’d suggest that you get a small tree and get started on the Holiday Gift area immediately – this could mean an additional several hundred dollars in your pocket that you would not have had if you simply decorate with a little ribbon and a few bows.
Let us know how your Christmas gift area works for you, and what all gifts you’ve made available to the customers. We’d love to hear about the extra dollars that you’ve made!