Monday, November 2, 2009

Gauging interest.

Ive been thinking alot lately on how i could make a bit of $$$ at home without sacrificing crafty time etc hehe.

I am often asked if i have patterns for my softies and finger puppets etc and the answer is allways "No, i just make it up as i go along :) "

I was thinking this arvo wether there would be a market for patterns or " Softie kits." The kits would have the materials and the pattern for one of my softies.

Does this sound like a good idea? yes no? i would love your honest answers please :)

17 comments:

chevgirl said...

I think so! Making little packs would be great as a gift. Maybe sell on your site as well as Felt or Etsy?

Sam said...

It does sound like a great idea! go you!

Gen said...

Could you do a kit with the shapes either pre-cut or traced onto the material? Just so no one copies you, not sure if it would protect your designs but just an idea.....

Either way kits sound great!

Rainbow Child said...

Precut is a good idea Gen :) then only the sewing is left to do.

grubbiejulz said...

I recon its a great idea.
I recon Gen is on to something with the precut thing

Jo's Place said...

Yip, but you know my thoughts on it already when I emailed you a few weeks ago saying you should do it, if you look on Etsy there are heaps of people selling patterns for softies and they are nothing like yours. Go for it, you will sell heaps :)

Jo's Place said...

oops forgot to add, love Gen's idea, I bet you will sell heaps of these. Especially if you get them sorted in time for people to be able to buy and make for Christmas.

Kelly said...

You can probably guess my views on this, but I'll say it anyway - unless you've got copious amounts of spare time, you will never be able to craft as much tangible cash as what you can by selling patterns. I say go for it!

Ali said...

Great idea Hannah! You could make them simple enough to follow so that children could make them too (with maybe a bit of help from an adult). Great idea for kids birthday and Christmas pressies :)

humel said...

I think it's a fab idea :-) The advantage of patterns is that you might get a wider audience, because you could email a pdf - personally I'd love a kit, but postage to the UK might put me off ordering. But I think it's a great idea, and that's my honest answer! ;-)

kate said...

Yes!!! Go for it Hannah. It would be really exciting to see your own little store on Etsy :-).

PJS said...

I reckon that kits would sell well...go for it!

neak said...

Awesome idea! do it I say :)

nova_j said...

yup great idea! the only two things i would add would be to 1- make them of a style that noticeably different to the ones you make to sell, so people aren't making ones just like yours, and 2- use designs that look awesome but are too time-consuming for you to do on a commercial scale iykwim? like the sort of thing that if you were to sell them you'd have to charge a horrendous price to give yourself more that $1/hr, but that people would make just for love..??
precut would be cool, but you'd have to carefully weigh the extra time cost up against the extra $$ you would get over just supplying little bits of fabric too..
but of course you probably know all of that already! ;)
can't wait to see what you come up with!

Rainbow Child said...

thank you all so much for your input!
I am definately going to run with this :)
well let you all know when i need some testers :)

Gen said...

Corrrr I'd be putting my hand up to test! :o)

Tricia said...

I think its a great idea. I believe kits and patterns makes far more sense than selling the final items. Good luck :-)