June 8, 2010

Triangles and polka dots

Triangles and polka dots

I gave some hints last week about 'something' I whipped together for the birthday girl.
Since she's officially ten now, and all the presents were unwrapped and all ten candles were blown out last night (the cake we still have plenty off, but that's a story for later),  I can finally show you some pictures.
As some of you already guessed, I made a flag garland.

I used whichever fabric I had available from my failing bag business. Well, that's not entirely the way it went (for the colors, I mean - the bag business is failing, LOL! A bag anyone??).
Let's say that I found some of these colors to go really well together, so well that I had stacked them that way last time I cleaned up my crafts closet.  So, when I started on my flags all I did was take out the entire stack and cut triangles. The big surprise, however, came after I finished the whole thing. That's when I remembered my leather polka dot garland from a while ago. A perfect match color-wise, as it turned out, but I especially like the repetition of the polka dot pattern in one of the fabrics I chose for the flags - it happened totally unconsciously, but it's there and I like it!

Now, if you want to try this, all you need is fabric in a couple of different prints and/or colors, cut to triangles (I used the same size triangle for all flags, but you could vary sizes if you like, or even combine different shapes), some biais tape and thread. 
Since I didn't have any biais tape, I used twill tape, which I folded in half. To make the sewing easier I pinned the flags in between the tape. Limited by the length of my twill tape, I didn't leave space in between flags, but you could of course space them out a bit. I threaded my machine with two different colors of thread. Also, since the twill tape was rather on the narrow side especially when folded, I used a zig zag stitch, just to make sure the triangles got caught in between the folded twill tape.

For the polka dot garland, just hop over here to find a short description.

Wishing you a good week!

xo, P.


Laura said...

Don't be discouraged by your lack of sales! I made my first sale so far into my foray into Etsy world that I was surprised the listing hadn't expired! I'm still sitting at only one sale (I think it's been about 9 months) but since I love making stuff anyways, selling the items is a bonus, definitely not my main source of income!

nicole/brussels said...

had geen idee dat het om vlaggetjes ging, doch moet zeggen dat ik het zeer mooi vind, alsook de kleuren in combinatie met de polka dots, ziet er fris uit!
graag een beetje uitleg over je "birthdaycake", was die lekker? zijn er foto's?

Cécile // la belette rose said...

Oui, n'abandonne pas.
Sales on the net are treacky, difficult to start, you need to publicize a lot, and that is quite difficult. It took me a while to have total strangers to come on my online boutique and buy from it.

"la belette rose" is 9 months old now, and it's start sprouting so keep the good work and hope for better times !


Crafting in the beach hut said...

Your garlands are beautiful - so floaty and light. Bet your daughter loved them.

I echo what the others have said re sales - I too am venturing into opening an Etsy shop with some trepidation... Etsy's Storque blog has some good advice on increasing sales (one big thing to try is taking part in the forums but that takes more time which is short at the moment!) - stick with it and soon enough it will snowball. Your bags are so divine - it's just a case of building awareness, Lucy xox

jane said...

love the colors you chose! thanks for tutorial:)

Allison B. said...

I just happened upon your blog a few months ago and want to say that I hope you're not too discouraged about your sales record. I think it's great you had the fortitude to put a shop together in the first place. Getting it off the ground is the hardest part. Just keep doing what you love and everything will come together. I'm still stuck on deciding what to make to sell ...

cindy said...

i love the garland and thought that's what it was. i'm so proud i was right and kept the secret.

regarding your shop, you know, the hard work starts after you make the bag. you have to market it so the world knows of it's existence. have you done any marketing of your shop, yet? if no, just send a few emails to your favorite blogs that cover such things and i bet you'll get a response. try not to get discouraged as you're just getting started.

xo, c


Dear Pascale,

the garland looks great!

For the shop I agree with Cindy, maybe you should contact big blogs because Etsy itself is so huge and many many sellers are there you will have to make others more aware of your shop I will post about it (but I have hardly any readers : ) )


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