After I got started making quilts I found it hard to stop. I was on the internet looking a fabrics all the time. I became familiar with some of the the names of the most popular fabric designers. Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Michael Miller, Heather Ross and Riley Blake are some of my favorites. I made several rag quilts with their fabrics and some rag style burp cloths. The burp cloths were great, so much nicer than a ratty old diaper. My daughter really liked them too. I'll post instructions in a later blog.
But how many quilts can you make and give to one grandchild? I realized that I had made more quilts then my new grandchild would ever be able to use. I still gave her 5 or 6 then started giving them away to friends with babies. Still I wanted to make more quilts! I went back to Etsy and found allot of people selling quilts. I wondered if maybe someone might want to buy my quilts, well it was worth a try. Etsy doesn't change anything to set up an account, there is a small .20 cent listing fee for each item. And a fee if the item sells. It was easy to set up. I added a PayPal account to make collecting money simple and I was off! I put listings up for several quilts and waited.......I experimented with lowering my prices, raising my prices and taking different photos. By the way quilts are quite challenging to photograph. I think I only had 5 or 6 items for sale at the start. I kept waiting and still no sales. Finally after about a month I sold a quilt. Hum, I don't think selling one quilt a month is going to make me much money. So, I decided to make some burp cloths and try to sell them, not much success with that idea either. I thought maybe a larger selection of quilts and other items would help, but that didn't seem to do the trick. I experimented with several hand sewn items, still no increase in sales. Then one day I saw an article about selling on Etsy. I think it was a Etsy Success article. The woman wrote that she had very little success selling her pillow case dresses but lots of success selling a diy pillow case dress kit. I thought that might work for me. I know many of the people who are interested in Etsy shopping are interested in making things themselves. I decided to make a Rag Quilt Kit to sell online. It took me some time to figure out how much fabric, what size squares and what to charge in order to make a small profit, but I immediately started selling several kits a month. And I love reading the comments that I get from people who buy my kits. I still make and sell quilts on my site but the majority of what I sell now is quilt kits. After a few months of selling kits I decided to buy an embroidery machine. I thought it might increase my sale if I could personalize the quilt kit for my customers. I offer free embroidery with each kit. Everyone really likes the embroidery and it makes such a nice personal gift.