Monday, April 18, 2016
By Dawn Hall
If you are interested in sewing fabric handbags for income, there are a few things you must consider. First and foremost, how are your sewing skills? Initially, it's unlikely that you will be outsourcing the work, so you need to make sure you can sew. For the most part, fabric handbags are not that difficult to make. You can start with simple totes, and then as your skills improve, you can diversify by sewing more complicated designs.
If your experience is limited, or if you can't remember the last time you actually used your sewing machine, it may be a good idea to take a class. Many fabric stores offer classes, or if not, should be able to point you in the right direction.
To maximize your income potential, and to minimize future problems with tax liabilities, it is a good idea to talk to an accountant. An accountant will be able to help you with all business aspects of your startup, from how to track and report your income and expenses, to filing the required forms so that you will be able to purchase fabrics and other supplies at wholesale cost.
Many crafting businesses operate as sole proprietorships. However, if you are interested in setting up an LLC or corporation for your business, an accountant or attorney will also be able to provide advice and suggestions regarding this.
Another important aspect of starting this type of crafting business is determining how you will market your handmade handbags. If you are interested in attaining local customers only, selling through consignment boutiques and setting up booths at craft fairs, flea markets, and farmers' markets are good ways to market your bags locally.
However, if you want to expand your customer base, the internet offers a multitude of opportunities to market your handbags. Although setting up your own website may come to mind first, and this option is certainly viable, there is a significant learning curve involved. You will need to familiarize yourself with website design, search engine optimization, and other ways to drive traffic to your website and convert visitors to buyers. These can be outsourced if your budget allows.
If starting your own website seems overwhelming, you can still tap into the online global marketplace by selling your fabric handbags through sites such as Etsy and eBay. These sites, as well as similar ones, simplify the process of selling online. Also, because of the high number of visitors they receive, there is a good chance you will receive a fair amount of buying customers to your listings.
There is a strong demand in the marketplace for handmade fabric handbags. Although there is much involved with starting a homebased business, the rewards are worth it.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
|Hand embroidery thread image courtesy of Pixabay|
One who is confident about her creativity and artistic sense then she should try out hand embroidery as a hobby or profession. In fact the hand-embroidered stuffs are so popular among the users that they are sold at a high price. This shows that hand embroidery is a pretty good choice to earn the living.
Stitches Used in Hand Embroidery
There are quite a number of simple and complicated stitches, which are used to make different stuffs with hand embroidery. The simple ones are satin stitch, chain stitch and back stitch. The chain stitch can be used to make the flowers and other figures as it gives a round shaped knot-like look to the stitched area.
Satin stitch gives a comparatively fuller look and even look and this is the reason they are used to fill up the figures of the design. Then there are other stitches like Outline or Stem Stitch, Whipped Running Stitch, Crossed Backstitch etc. The stitches that are used for outlining are quite simple and often give a look like a continuous line.
Types of Hand Embroidery
Some of the most popular types of hand embroideries are Cross-stitch, Canvas work, ribbon embroidery, Black work embroidery and Bargello embroidery. In Cross-stitch an x-like design is made with the help of the threads and needles and various interesting floral and other patterns can be made with this particular type of embroidery.
Canvas work can be used with yarns and this can be done on various textures like synthetic material or silk. Ribbon embroidery is all about making the patterns with ribbons, which is probably the most romantic form of hand embroidery. The Black work embroidery is the type where the work is done using the black threads. Bargello is done on the woolen canvas and it involves stitches, which can be horizontal or vertical.
Usage of Hand Embroidery
Hand embroidery is used to prepare various utility items as well as artworks. Generally the hand embroidery is used in the women's garments and they are priced quite high because of their aesthetic appeal to the users. This technique is used to make covers of upholstery, cushions, pillow covers etc.
You can also get various artworks like wall hangings, paintings and bags where hand embroidery is used for its exceptional beauty. These exquisite designs are made using the simple ingredients like needle, threads and some patterns. But the beauty of the product lies in the skills of person who is doing the hand embroider
Friday, April 15, 2016
By Peny Rock
What do you usually do with your old-fashioned or outgrown pair of denim jeans? Are you the type of person who immediately throws old clothing in the bin? If yes, then this article is meant for you as it provides you ways o how you can make them into aprons. If you know how to operate the sewing machine, you can always come up with cheap aprons or denim tools aprons that are guaranteed to withstand for prolong use.
Using your old denim pants in making cheap aprons is a good idea because the fabrics are twill weave. In a twill weave, the fabrics are constructed by interlacing wrap and filling yarns in progressive alternation, which then makes the materials strong and durable. Since aprons are highly exposed to damages, it is just right to use highly durable materials like denim fabrics for their construction. Through this, you can ensure that the said utilitarian outer garment is able to serve its purpose well.
To successfully make an apron out of your old pair of denim jeans, there are a number of essential things needed. Aside from your old pants, you will also use a yardstick for measuring purposes, pencil, scissors, dressmaker pins, dressmaker shears, fabric-marking pens, flat iron, thread, and of course a sewing machine.
You already completed the items needed in making denim tools aprons? Here's an easy to follow procedure on how to construct cheap aprons for your tools. First, cut the back side from of your outdated pair of denim pants. The pockets at the back of your pants will provide a storage space for the tools you need in your work. You can also widen the width of the apron by sewing another fabric on each side. From the remaining fabric of your old pants, make 2 drawstrings long-enough to tie around the wearer's waist. Sew the strings on each side of the aprons or thread the tie to the belt loops.
After forming your denim cheap aprons, show your creativity by designing the said functional outer clothing. You may incorporate the pockets with embroidered patches or other accessories so as to make the garment attractive and distinctive. And don't forget to iron your newly created denim aprons for a perfect finish.