Over 25% of the top selling patterns are purses and now three of the top 100 books feature purses as well. Why? Personally, I think it is because the products have caught up with the industry. With the likes of products such as Soft and Stable, mesh, vinyl and hardware, anyone can create professional looking designer bags.
Duffle Bags by Cindy Taylor Oates is the latest in her series of popular books. Mix and match fabrics to create the perfect portable storage case!Item #TMB-179 Retail $15.00
Two styles of bags come in three different sizes.
Sara Lawson has created twelve structured bags for her book, Windy City Bags. Sara explains how to confidently choose the correct interfacings and how to personalize your design with fabrics, hardware, zippers and pockets. Choose from any of a dozen top notch designs. Item #B1312T Retail $27.99
Top designers have combined forces to create this latest book by Stash. Fifteen organizers span the needs of every quilter. Laptop folios, gym bags, and even a trunk organizer are included. Projects are rated from confident beginner to advanced. The book even includes details on the basics. Who could ask for more???Item #11133 Retail $26.95
Remember, quilt shops are no longer just for quilts any more!
Why not arrange some fun classes that will help your customers get organized? These classes can be the basis to teach them new techniques.
This Sit & Stitch Pincushion by Cindy Taylor Oates is a great project and a great gift! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the coming year. Or this would be a wonderful graduation present filled with the basics – thread, needles, scissors, etc. everything they will need for their college dorm.
Once again, these would make great gifts for any time of year. Your customers will want to make several so they have them on hand for last minute gifts. If you sell machines, why not add a monogram?
This “Store in Style” can be made in shirt or dress length – and is made to fit on an actual hanger! Use this as an opportunity to teach your students how to sew vinyl. Once again, everyone I know will love this – and want one!
A classic is re-born! Taylor Made Designs has revised the best selling Sew Easy Pajama Pants book. This is the perfect mother/daughter; grandmother/granddaughter class – and a great way to use the fun, funky fabrics that are so popular.
The book includes full size patterns from X-Small to XXX-Large – and a variety of options to personalize every pair. Talk about getting your money’s worth! But Cindy doesn’t stop there. She also includes a tote pattern and pillow case – perfect for every slumber party.
Why not have each member of your staff make a pair in their favorite size and length – and personalize with buttons and trims. Not only will you have lots of samples – and a great display – they have the perfect jammies to wear for a jammie event. Why not offer a discount to those customers who buy the book, make a pair, and WEAR them to the event??? Talk about a win/win! And, who can stop at just one???
But we don’t want to leave out the younger set…our fairy princesses who love to dance and twirl….
You can’t get any cuter than this – or easier. All of these treasures have an elastic waist and are made from strips of fabric – so fitting is easy and no pattern is required. Embellish with rickrack and trims. Add and underskirt with a tulle ruffle for added fun!
Spend an afternoon with your favorite princess and make a memory!
“Swirly, twirly, girly-girl skirts…that’s what little girls like and that is what you will find here. Make your skirt simple or add some details like piping, ruffles or rick-rack. Did you notice that some of the skirts have an underskirt with tulle ruffle? This is a detail that is sure to please your little princess. And with elastic waist, the skirt is easy to fit and comfortable to wear.” There is NO “master pattern” template for the skirt pattern as it utilizes strips of fabric of specified width and length.