Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Art of the Craft Fair

So I will admit it:  I don't think I ever gave crafters a fair amount of credit.  Now, I never discredited crafters, I just never gave their vocation much thought.  It is a lot of work not only to make something but also to display it, transport it, and sell it.  Well, since my friends and family members are not craft show vendors, I am kind of on my own this time.  However, friends and family members have volunteered some great ideas and wonderful support.

I am officially done sewing.  I have sewed more pillows than I even want to count.  Fortunately, I am pleased with how they have turned out.  What have I learned?  I have learned that I don't like working with knits.  I have also learned that stuffed pillows are not the way to go.  There is a reason why the majority of the pillows sold on Etsy are covers, not complete pillows.  Therefore, the next round of pillows I make for Etsy and craft shows will be covers!!!  Now I just need to learn how to make them.  Oh Mommy, I need your help.....

I mocked up my display on a table in the basement.  I think it will work.  I think I look like a rookie, but it is a nice clean display.  If this craft show is a bit of a success, then I will invest a little more money into my display.  Right now, I am going to have one of each pillow on the table with the extras stored away.  However, all the tooth fairy pillows will be thrown into a big basket.

So, I think I am in good shape!  I am going to go over my list again, and again, and again.  There are still of few things that need to be checked off.  As for writing this blog, I need to sign off because my husband is starting to prime our office and he has the fan on supersonic speed.  My digits are so cold, typing has become painful.  I will be back with an update on my progress on Friday...

P.S.  Here is the flyer for the craft show in case you missed the details...


  1. Great job Jenny. Here is a link to an easy pillow cover tutorial. I've made 6 so far, with different sizes. It will give you an idea how it is done. Good luck on Saturday!!


  2. Hi Varina!

    You always give such great tips! I will check out the tutorial.