On the 3rd and 4th December I'll be taking part with my two talented friends Silke and Petra in our first Christmas market. It's exciting as it's in our village and will be our first public outing, which also makes it nerve racking as we will know people there. I feel it would be easier to sell my wares to people I don't know? Anyway, at worst, as we are three, we can sell each others' things. I would have no problem showing off Silke's beautiful clothes and Petra's gorgeous jewellery.
Anyway, back to the market and the sewing machine has seemingly (seamingly? haha) been working non stop. Luckily my mother-in-law was here over the last ten days and she took the children in hand while I could concentrate on bag making. First off are the totes for kids:
These are the ones I made using a production line system - by first doing all the cutting, then sewing all the handles etc. Although each bag is slightly different I've found that this is not my favourite way of sewing - I drifted off from what I was doing and felt less creative. I much prefer to do a bag at a time and see where my creativity takes me although this is obviously not the most efficient way of getting the bags made. The bird tote bag below is for adults and is an example of my preferred one-bag-at-a-time method - from the exterior fabric to the lining, from the zip colour to the inside zip fabric, I loved selecting them all as the bag came together.
My son fell in love on the spot with the dinosaur fabric - he even commissioned his own tote and chose his lining! He has since been carrying it everywhere with him, with his favourite toys stashed inside, which makes me really happy.
Are you making anything for a Christmas market and if yes, how are you at selling your own wares?