Every year my family in New Jersey goes to visit my extended family in Vermont. It is the West/McLaughlin Fall Foliage Weekend. Events include corn mazes, running/walking the family "race" and cider making. I have not gone to Vermont in like, 4 years because of school. I can't go this year because of work, BUT I am participating in a new family event this year. Last year, the family had the idea to get a table at a local craft show. Any member of the family can make something to contribute and all the proceeds will go to charity. Because sewing is my thing, I decided to make a few items to send up to Vermont for the show.
I've been buying fabrics for years, even before I knew how to sew. I have a lot of older fabrics that I don't really know what to do with. It's not that I don't like it, I'm just not in love with it and need smaller projects to use with them. This was the perfect opportunity to use up some of these fabrics to help clean out my stash to buy new!
I decided to make coasters, tea bag holders and bookmarks. Bags take too long to make and I didn't have a lot of time to put these together. I might send a few bags along with these, but I'm still not sure.
Coasters sewn the same way I made my own. Coasters are super easy to make, and while it is time consuming to add the extra stitching, it gives them a little something extra.
Bookmarks make a cute gift if giving a book for the holidays. I love giving books (and have a few on my list to buy as gifts) because there are so many options to choose from. They can be inspirational, motivational or just have fantastic photos to look at. These were also an excuse to add buttons!
Tea Bag Cozies! I made one for my mom last year for Christmas and she loves it, and it has a permanent home in her purse! Another cute gift idea for the holidays.
These were made for the show but I'm thinking about making a few for my shop. I have to start sewing for a show in November, but if I have some extra time, I'll make a few for etsy.
Everything together. There are three products within each fabric choice. So a total of 9 coaster sets, 9 bookmarks and 9 tea bag cozies. I don't really know what to expect from the show or how much product to send, which is why I'm thinking about adding some bags. I know I didn't make a lot but there just wasn't enough time.
Please excuse the photos, I'm still trying to find a good spot in my apartment to take pictures. These were on the window sill in my studio. I'm really looking into a new camera. I accidentally dropped my Nikon and it can't focus very well now. If only I could buy a DSLR. One day.