This post is for you Becky. In thinking of your upcoming craft fair, my mind is going a mile a minute with the countless possibilities of items you could make (and sell) with your embroidery machine!
- Monogram everything! Choose a few common letters for first initial only, and pre-make cute personalized tote bags, duffle bags, whatever. Include some bright colors for the younger crowd. Think electric pink, neon orange, or lime green paired with a black and white background. Bring your machine to the sale and display a sign telling customers that if they don't see their initial they can place an order and pick it up in an hour.
- Baby Blankets. Embroider the satin trim of fuzzy baby blankets with cute poems, prayers, and songs. For an even more personalized touch, embroider baby's name and birth stats onto fabric hearts and then iron affix (or sew) at diagonal onto the blanket corner. Song examples: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Angels guide me through the night, and wake me with the morning light." "Twinkle twinkle little star, how very precious and loved you are." "There are gentle winds blowing and stars all above you, goodnight little pookie I love you and love you."- from Sandra Boynton's Goodnight Little Pookie book.
- Sorority sisters and sports towel wraps. Get crafty and turn an ordinary towel into a cute and functional towel wrap. A little velcro, ribbon, embellishments, optional shoulder straps and voila! - stylish way for college gals to walk back from the community showers. Embroider Greek sorority letters, or short sports mottos. Examples: "Dance, Sweat, Shower" or "Peace, Love, Volleyball" or "Dig, Set, Spike" you get the idea.... Embellish with ribbon, and optional shoulder straps.
- Embroider wide grosgrain ribbon and attach to cloth make-up bags. Use words like "bridesmaid" and "bride" and sell in four packs.