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Do you think this could sell?

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BiBi8 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:00:42

Not confident in my own work and still a beginner but I wanted opinions of if you thought I could potentially open this as a tiny business? Not sure if I would get any customers but it's always been a dream. This is from a Christmas stocking but I would probably sell in hoop. Names for customisation but also have some standard designs too. Probably aimed at children, wanted to do some in miniature for Christmas decorations too but missed the boat this year.

If you recognise this, hello! Please don't mention it in real life or I'll die of embarrassment.

Jamhandprints Fri 20-Jan-17 21:12:07

Cute! People will always buy things with their children's names on. Can you put them in frames or make them into little cushions? Those are very popular. Good luck!

BiBi8 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:15:11

Cushions is a good idea, thanks jam!

justdontevenfuckingstart Fri 20-Jan-17 21:18:00

It's lovely, but what is it and where could I put it. I have a dd with a not normally found name so it would interest me. But it has to be usable all the year for you to make money from it.

Darlink Fri 20-Jan-17 21:21:36

What is it ?

BiBi8 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:21:50

just In a hoop it could be hung on a wall, but ideas like cushions etc would definitely have more purpose and sell better. Working on sewing machine skills but could potentially do little bags, cushions, stockings. Could also do couples names, dates and things.

BiBi8 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:22:32

It's embroidery, normally in a hoop but as I said this was to go on a Christmas stocking top.

Sweets101 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:24:41

I think it's lovely

BiBi8 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:25:04

This might be a better display of what can be done. I don't like this one as it was a first draft but probably has more chance of selling.

DearMrDilkington Sun 22-Jan-17 22:57:52

I'd buy one on a cushion. My dd has a very unusual name so we can never buy anything in shops with it on. She'd love a cushion on her bed with her name on.

Chelazla Mon 30-Jan-17 20:23:56

What about pe or dance class draw sting bags I'm sure they would. It's cute!

keely79 Mon 30-Jan-17 20:30:21

If you're going to do as a business you need to think how much time one takes you, cost of materials, etc. It's lovely but how would you manage order flow? How quickly can you complete one?

ispymincepie Mon 30-Jan-17 20:30:45

Really pretty. I'd order a stocking or something but not a wall hanging I don't think.

GlobalTechIndustries Mon 30-Jan-17 20:35:17

Very pretty designs

Garnethair Mon 30-Jan-17 20:37:02

PE bags is a lovely idea. Or personalised laundry bags?

yaela123 Sun 12-Feb-17 09:42:31

They look lovely - nice for bedroom doors, etc

I agree with PPs about a practical item

How about individual (cheaper) letters so people can choose their initials or mix and match? (I mean for the hangings). You could make a bulk load of these quite quickly when you have more time so not just made on request

AnnieLouJ67 Tue 06-Jun-17 21:15:57

I think it's very lovely. You could open a little Etsy shop or a Folksey one to sell them through.

LockedOutOfMN Tue 06-Jun-17 21:17:42

Very pretty, OP, yes, you could sell it. We live abroad and it's really common for stuff to be embroidered like that with names of initials for babies and children e.g. their school book bags and P.E. bags, towels, blankets and so on.

LockedOutOfMN Tue 06-Jun-17 21:18:18

Names or initials

HeyMacWey Tue 06-Jun-17 21:20:48

That's beautiful - lovely craftsmanship.

Anatidae Wed 07-Jun-17 10:05:10

It's really lovely.

The problem with selling handmade stuff is how you cost it to sell. That looks like it took a fair amount of time to make. You need to make sure you are covering your costs and making a profit and that is very hard to do with handmade stuff especially if your materials are of good quality.
Example: I just made my toddler a t shirt and some pajamas. That was roughly 1m of main fabric plus say 0.5m of ribbing for cuffs and hems and neckbands. That's £27 of materials. Plus my time, it took me a few hours. Plus time, overheads, thread, machine maintenance and it's just not worth it for me.

Not meaning to be a downer, and your work is lovely - I would be delighted to receive something so nicely embroidered, but just make sure you're not pricing yourself too cheap! People I know who sell simple kids clothes charge 20-50 quid equivalent per item.

There are guidelines for pricing handmade work on line, using various simple formulas.

RoganJosh Wed 07-Jun-17 10:08:05

Similar to xmas decorations would be tooth fairy pouches?
I presume you're looking on Etsy and Folksy for ideas/pricing etc?

7Days Wed 07-Jun-17 10:12:11

The hangings would be lovely with just initials on too. People would buy them to put over kids' beds in shared rooms.

anditwasallgoingsowell Wed 07-Jun-17 10:15:08

Maybe have a look at a website like the clever baggers, where you can bulk buy plain bags.

I think things like this are always best on something useable like stockings or pe bags.

incogKNEEto Wed 07-Jun-17 10:49:46

Lovely, you could make the individual letters like a pp said and sew them onto miniature bunting triangles. Then someone could choose the name and you could make up some miniature bunting from the letters?

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