Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New What Knott Bags

I was able to spend some time the other day making new What Knott Bags. 
And here they are!
Priced at $20.00, the bags measure 8-9 inches wide by 10-11 inches tall and could easily hold a camera and film.
Depending on the outside fabric, each is lined with either a pre-quilted fabric or cotton for durability. The tops are secured with a zipper. Two pockets cover the outside pockets, one has a zipper closure. 
Shoulder straps are 44 inches long, suitable for cross-body wear. I have shorter lengths, approximately 22 inches, in a variety of colors, as an alternative.
Sale price is $20.00.
Hope you enjoy. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Items to the Store

I was able to purchase a new industrial machine last month--and man, have I been busy! One of the nice perks is that the shop where I bought the machine offers free classes to their customers. I'm so glad I took the offer because I'm learning new techniques and how to make new and interesting items--to pass on to you.

The first item is something called a Couch Buddy. This is approximately 24 inches long by 12 inches wide. It is backed with that plastic pebbled stuff you find on the bottom of kids' footed pajamas so that it won't slip off the arm of a couch or armchair. It has layered pockets to store magazines, newspapers, books, tissues, pens/pencils/eye glasses. This new machine handles heavy duty home decor fabric nicely and they go together in no time. I'm pricing them at $20.00.

I'm adding the latest diaper bag to the stash; this one is lilac and mint green. It has a zipper closure, 6 pockets on the inside, measures 22 X 15. Very light weight. It'll sell for $40.00 plain, $60.00 filled with infant items: receiving blankets, crib blankets, boppy covers, bibs  and all the usual array of care items.

I've updated pictures of the newest crib and receiving blankets. As always they are reversible, and priced according to size. I'm also making doll blankets; the idea came from, as always, the delightful grand-daughters who 'desperately needed something for my dolly, Nana.' Cannot say no to these two--or their brothers.

I hope you enjoy them all.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

View the 2013 line!

The December show at a local mall went very well, VERY well. After taking a month off from anything related to sewing, I got to work and just last week completed the list of private orders. Sadly, in my hurry to get them to the customers, I forgot to take photos. Ah well, one day--maybe--I'll be better organized.

Here are a few new bags and things I "invented" during this show--all at customer suggestion:
the crayon caddy which fits 16 crayons or markers or pencils, and rolls up into a nice 3 X 5 inch roll and is secured with a ribbon tie.  The price [with crayons] is $8.50; plain is $5.00.

the adult apron is simple, with as many pockets and the customer wants, and is reversible. Depending on the details, it will sell for $20.00. This is also available in a child's size, pockets and reversible of course.
Speaking of protecting clothes from food splatters and spills, I tinkered with making adult bibs--pictured--and at the request of a close friend am continuing to come up with additional designs. I think I need a different "classier" name than bib. Maybe "clothing protector"? 

I've added several more options for baby blankets in addition to the reversible flannel receiving blankets and now have a large supply of fleece crib blankets which are edged in satin binding. Price is dependent on size, but usually runs $20.00. I'm also adding doll blankets, in a variety of fabrics and colors/prints to the mix, ranging in sizes of 15-18 X 20-22 inches. These also are reversible and are edged with satin binding and are priced at $10.00.

That's all for now. As I make new totes, I'll add them to the mix.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Exciting New Totes to Check Out!

It's hard for me to believe I last posted news and photos in July. Truth be told, I've been doing shows almost every weekend since mid-September and sewing during the weeks to replace sold-out stock. Now I'm gearing up for a month-long show at a local mall--Perinton Square. I'll be there every day from Wednesday November 28th through Christmas Eve day.

Keeping in mind I am first a writer, then a crafter, A PHOTOGRAPHER I AM NOT!!!

Now for some new items to look over:
Walker-Stroller Tote:  This is an idea I've shown in the past, both here on the blog and at shows, but for some reason they never generated much interest--until late summer at the Central Square AppleFest when I saw a number of young parents with infants in strollers. Voila! Enlarge the basic pattern, lengthen the straps, deepen the pockets. This is what I came up with. Made to customer choice, this one measures 12 inches wide, 9 inches tall, with one general pocket and two smaller ones on the outside. It can be closed with either a Velcro patch or a magnetic snap for easy, one-handed access and sells for $15.00

Car Seat Carry-All: I made these for my grandchildren but never thought I'd have the opportunity to display any. Then at a show earlier this month came a request from a customer who wanted hers to be decorated with an Irish theme. Not easy to find shamrocks in the middle of November, but I lucked out in the craft section of the local fabric store chain. I'm pleased with the way it turned out: 15 inches wide, 19 inches tall, and has 6 pockets of varying width and depth. It attaches with a strap and modified parachute clip. Base color and/or pattern are customer choice. This is priced at $20.00.

the "New" What Knot Bag: I designed the original What Knot for a friend who wanted something to hold a wallet along with her camera to take on jaunts with her husband. She bought SIhome X to give as gifts this Christmas. But at the same AppleFest I saw women carrying a similar bag only with a cross-body strap. Hey--I'm no dummy. And here we are. I sold five of these babies at a show on November 3rd and took orders for two more at a show last weekend. I hope I'm on to something! The bag shown is 9 inches wide, 11 inches tall. It closes with a top zipper and has two outside pockets, one with a zipper. It features a cross-body strap, though a shorter strap length is available, and is priced at $20.00.

the Dancer's Tote: I found this darling material at an out of the way fabric shop and fell in love with it. At this upcoming month-long show, my booth will be located directly across from a dance studio. Hey, I'm no dummy! The tote shown measures 11 inches by 11 inches and features a detachable matching coin purse. It is closed with a Velcro patch and has a cross body strap. It sells for $20.00.

CB Sunflowers Tote:  on the way home from a writers conference in Maine this past May, I hit the outlet stores in Kittery and discovered a well-known store which features home furnishings and kitchen wear. I went a little nuts in the clearance racks and bought a number of tablecloths, napkins and place mats. The hot pink berries on black is the first tote I created out of that trip and is featured below. One of two new items is Sunflowers embroidered on black and adheres to a solid quilted fabric in celery. I think it's stunning and something quite new for me. Measuring 16 inches wide and 12 inches deep, it features two outside pockets, a zipper closure, cross-body strap and sells for $40.00.

CB Tessa on Henna: this is another creation from the house wares outlet. The background fabric is a lovely henna with an overlay of embroidered linen. It measures 14 inches wide by 9 inches tall, has four outside pockets, a zipper closure and a cross-body strap. It is priced at $35.00.