Flip flops for summer

Last month I launched my latest design and it’s all because of a pair of flip flops. These flip flops in fact

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These are my daughter’s flip flops and while we were on holiday last year I drew them and added other flip flops.

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This year I worked them into a design on the computer and now have flip flop fabric and am making it into lots of items. Its different to my other fabrics – and not a flower in sight – but it does have similar strong colours. I made a complementary fabric for linings and after a mistake in the size of my image now have flip flops in two different sizes. The larger size is good for bags.

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A trio of pouches which are perfect for pens, glasses or even sanitary items.

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Funky lavender bags

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A swim/ PE bag and a tote bag made from the larger flop flop print

The make-up bags have beads added to the zip pull and I’ve printed the image into the price tag

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A sunhat and hair bow

And finally (enough of flip flops?) A6 plain notebooks and for these I made a dark blue design. I am soon going to add two more colours to range.

So there we have it. The new range to get you into the mood for summer!

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Etsy, bags and hats

In January I re-opened my Etsy shop. I had first opened it in 2013 but had no idea how to use it and after a few months stopped doing anything with it – and had no sales. This January I thought I would give it another go and stumbled across a great group on Facebook called ‘Etsy Resolution’. Led by group of experienced Etsy makers we were given weekly homework, plus a couple of seminars on building our businesses and learning more about who our audience is. I must admit that doing Craftee Fox alongside a 4 day a week job means that I don’t seem to have time to think about my audience or growing Craftee Fox, but I did learn more about how to use Etsy to sell.

As well as learning more about’search engine optimisation’ (SEO), the importance of tags and titles, the most enjoyable (and difficult) was photography. Clean photos look good on Etsy and there is a real skill to taking them – one I haven’t mastered yet, but I hope I’m getting better.

Since January sales have been up and down but I know it can take time to build up sales and have been excited to send goodies,including bespoke ones, internationally.  I am continuing to do markets and had a really fun day at this years Walthamstow Garden Party as part of the E17 Designers group – now there’s a group of talented artists, designers and makers!

So apart from playing with Etsy I have continued to sew. I often think I should be more focused with what I make but then I enjoy the diversity and playing with so many different fabrics. Below are some of my favourite makes, including a bag with leather handles – South African shweshwe one side and upcycled denim jeans the other. Of course, I continue to make brolly bags! I’ve also been making some clothes, so I’ll post that soon.