Quick sewing ideas for craft shows

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Quick sewing ideas for craft shows
Sewing easy and inexpensive projects can be a great way to earn extra money at craft shows. (sewing machine image by pavel siamionov from Fotolia.com)

Craft shows are a great way to earn some extra cash and to showcase to potential customers what you can do. Quick and easy sewing projects are also a great way to put out a lot of product without spending too much time or money on it. Following the steps laid out in the four projects provided could have you making some quick money in no time.

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Pot Holders

Pot holders are a necessity in any kitchen where the oven gets use, and they are a quick project that you can easily sell at craft fairs. Simply place a square piece of heat-resistant material between two equal-sized pieces of material, the top one facing down and the bottom one facing up. Then take four more pieces of fabric that are of equal size (10 inches works well for pot holders), fold them in half and iron them, and then layer them around the fabric that is face up so that you end up with four squares. Pin all of the layers together and sew with your sewing machine. If you are doing a seasonal craft fair, try using material with themes that match that particular time of year. For example, for a Christmas craft fair, try using material with Santa or Christmas trees.

Quilted Coasters

Coasters are a great sewing project that you can use not only to sell at craft shows, but to use as displays for customers who want to have them custom made. Simply fold a 4 1/2- by 10-inch piece of fabric in half so that the front side of the material is facing inward and sew the two 5-inch sides. Turn the fabric right side out and place a 4-inch square of batting inside. Fold the fabric's open edges in so that one piece covers the batting. Start sewing from an outside edge, approximately an eighth of an inch from the edge, and sew around each edge continuing until you reach the centre. Make a set of four or six using either the same material for each or a different, but matching, material. Make a larger version for placemats or cooling pads for hot items.

Napkin Pillowcases

Pillowcases are great projects for craft shows because you can have a few on display with pillows in them, and then all the rest can be folded or laid out neatly to take up as little room as possible. Making pillowcases out of napkins cuts back on the project time because the edges are already finished. Simply place a 20-inch square napkin face down and in a diamond position. Center a 12- or 14-inch square pillow so that the parts of the napkins that are showing look like triangles. Fold in the two side pieces of the napkin, and fold up the bottom and stitch along the upside down "V" that is formed. Sew a loop of elastic cord or ribbon to the bottom flap near the top. Sew a loop of cord or ribbon to the underside of the top flap and a button to the top of the bottom flap. Fold the top flap down and button.

Heating Pads

Homemade heating pads make great gifts for friends, family and yourself. This alone is a great reason to make a few and have them on display at your next craft show. Simply fold a 20 by 14 inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides facing in, and sew the long side and one short side. Turn the material the right way around, push the corners out and fill the material a little bit less than half way with dried cherry pits or buckwheat. Sew the open end of the bag and you have a great heat pack. You can do a variation on the shape if you wish. Have a samples of different sized rectangles and squares.

Tips and Tricks

For all of these projects, try using items that you have around the house to help reduce your costs even more. You can use old sheets or duvet covers for the material, napkins that you no longer have need for or even old T-shirts.

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