Christmas Throughout the Year – Part One

I know that the holidays are now a warm memory, but lets take a moment to reflect and do what we can to minimize stress for 2017.  Sounds crazy – but hear me out!  Make a list, or review the list, of everyone you gave gifts to this year.  Then modify – who did you wish you would have thanked with a little something?

Over half of the top 100 patterns are not quilts!  They are smaller projects that can be made in an afternoon, are easy to mass produce, and would make great little gifts or add that awe factor to others.  Why not start a series of classes to help your customers prepare for the season?

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Gift cards and tickets to events are always a favorite.  Why not make a collection of Gifty Card Holders?  You can make a dozen in an afternoon out of 10″ squares.  An added bonus?  You know the recipient will reuse them as well – Go Green!  Sell sergers?  Show that edging as a quick and easy alternative.

 

 

 

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This Open Wide! bag designed by Annie Unrein is easy to make and comes in three sizes.  A set of all three would be a great gift or split them up and fill them with a little something.  The zipper has never been simpler – it is bound on each side and then attached so anyone can do it – and is a great demo.

 

 

 

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These ornaments also come in three sizes and are the perfect package tag for those special gifts.  Instructions include a six petal or eight petal version.  Date and sign the back for a lasting memory.  These would be great favors for a party.  Picture your table with a star i the center of each plate…..

 

 

 

 

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Everyone loves candles.  Why not add that awe factor by including a holder with the gift?  This is also a great opportunity to play with those decorative stitches on your machine….

 

 

 

 

 

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Have some quilting friends?  Wouldn’t they love this arm chair pin cushion and organizer? Fill it with sewing essentials – the perfect gift for those who are just getting started or need a travel kit.

Many of these are great gifts to make with friends and family as well.  Why not plan family craft days so the kids can help make gifts for their teachers?

A Decoration for Every Season – Part One

This pattern is the perfect example of how Social Media can work for you!  A shop posted a pic of their shop sample on Facebook, it went viral – and the rest is history!

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Item #PQD-210  Retail $9.00

It instantly became the #1 pattern on Checker and sold out instantly.  No one could have predicted this so Kristine of Poorhouse Designs was not prepared for the demand either – but she is now – and more patterns are due in this week!  Are you posting classes, kits and shop samples on Facebook to share with your customers?  If this pattern doesn’t inspire you, nothing will!

The Facebook pic showed it as a centerpiece.

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This was the variation that appeared on the back of the pattern – and is obviously the viewer’s choice!

Kristine is such a sweetheart!  She instantly did this pattern in different fabrics to make it a holiday pattern for EVERY occasion!  

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This is the perfect class because it can actually be DONE in a class – and I mean totally done and ready to put on the table!  It features a product that may be new to your customers – In-R-Form single sided fusible foam stabilizer – which is a teaching opportunity.

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This product is available on the bolt and in the package.  Choose what works for you.

Be sure to have these bead packages on hand.  Kristine has packaged them in either gold or silver and they are the perfect size for the pattern.  Let’s face it, this is an impulse buy because no one knows if they have them at home – let alone where they are!

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Why not schedule YOUR class today?  Don’t forget to post it on Facebook!