March 18th, 2008

I finished sewing a few things for the sale and I thought I’d pop in and show you. The bears are made from felted sweaters and printed cotton. I drew a simple bear then stitched, stuffed, and sewed on the features. Easy peasy. The denim and cashmere one is my favorite. I think it would be perfect for a little baby boy, but I have no idea if people will even buy these. I’m not much of a shopper (except for thrift stores and target) so I don’t really know what people buy or how much they pay for things. So how much would you pay for a bear like this ? They are a little under a foot tall (1 foot = 30 cm), machine washable, and super soft.

These are all the pillowcase dresses I’ve finished so far, but there are a few more cut and ready to go in my studio. I wasn’t going to make so many, but a showed a few to my friends and they were quite taken with them, so I whipped up some more. It doesn’t hurt that they are dead easy to make. And you can make them to fit girls from 6 months to 5 or 6 years old. For these I’m thinking 16 dollars a pop, what do you think? I haven’t sold stuff from a booth since my lemonade days, so I’m a little nervous about all of this. Tagging, pricing, talking up the things I’ve made. And this sale is the first of it’s kind so there could be a couple people there or hundreds. Nobody knows.

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  1. alyson says:

    those bears are great!

  2. AJ says:

    It’s kind of hard to say what somethings worth because of all of the effort someone puts into making something handmade. If I were to buy one of those bears, I’d expect to pay at least $15. The pillowcase dresses are very cute too.

  3. Meg, I really find it inspiring when you post pics of your things. Thanks for sharing your work and process, etc. I really love the bears. Just beautiful.

  4. amy says:

    the bears and the dresses are so cute. the bears should go between $15 and $20 i would think, just based on etsy. good luck at the sale!

  5. Jackie says:

    I love your bears. They are so simple, but so loveable. They remind me of a stuffed owl my great aunt made for me as a child, and I slept with that thing every night for years (possibly even through jr. high, but I’m not admitting anything).

  6. d de la best says:

    those dresses are fantabulous! i wish i had a girl to put one on! though i don’t think my 6 month old son would protest…

  7. Ellen says:

    I like those bears, and the combination of felted wool and fabric together is neat. Hope you do well on your sale day. Have fun.

  8. Stefanie says:

    I live in the Madison area, thank you so much for sharing about the upcoming sale now I know of somewhere I HAVE to be and I will keep my eyes out for those oh so cute bears and pillow case dresses!

  9. erika says:

    wow, that all looks so great, I love the dresses!!!

  10. Crystal says:

    Those bears are super cute! Good luck with your sale. :)

  11. Sarah says:

    I think your bears are adorable. What a nice, simple toy. They would be great for babies and toddlers since they don’t have small pieces that can pull off. I’d pay $15 for one, like AJ mentioned. The skirts are so clever too. I think your prices are good for those as well.

    Blessings on your sale! :)

  12. guileless says:

    love those little bears! (ok, so they’re not so little)
    the prints are great, and i like how their little arms point down. adorable…i’m sure they’ll do really well!

  13. apple cyder says:

    Those dresses are so sweet. I think $16 sounds a little modest. If you had a slightly higher price in mind, I think you’d probably be ok. Of course, I have never sold anything, so take my advice with a huge grain of salt. Love the bears too. What a nice, simple design.

  14. Katy says:

    I think the bears and dresses are lovely, and I would say $20 for either.
    Good luck for the sale!

  15. Dawn says:

    Both the bears and the dresses are so cute. I love buying handmade items from Etsy. Good luck with the sale.

  16. karin says:

    very nice things you made here! Happy easter to you!

  17. Katherine says:

    Awwwww… those bears are sooooo cute!

    Meg, those pillowcase dresses are too sweet! Love your creative ideas.

    The pricing game can be the scariest part to making things to sell. Have you seen anything out there to give you a comparison for pricing? That might help you decide in your pricing (after all you’ve taken into account your time and the cost of materials to make these, plus you want to make a profit…) Just make sure you don’t underprice you beautiful handiwork – I think it’s always easier to lower your initial prices after some market feedback, rather than having to increase prices. Just my opinion anyways. Wishing you much success with this!

  18. monica says:

    it is stressfull having a stall, but so rewarding when you sell something…

    good luck, your stuff is dead cool.

  19. Liz says:

    I love your pillowcase dresses. I just bought pillowcases today to try to make a couple. I think your bears will sell too- they are very cute.

  20. Missy says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever commented on your blog. Thought it’s about time that I say hello. I think you are so talented!
    I’d say between $15 and $20 for the bears on Etsy. Your things are SO cute! Great job!!!

  21. Nichol says:

    Your bears look so adorable lined up in a row like that. they kind of seem like they are in a boy band doing synchronized dance moves! Anyway, your blog is so charming, I love it.


  22. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I had to come and peek (Christine listed you today). I have a tear in my eye. My great-grandmother’s name was Elsie. I loved her so much, Elsie Marie, very close to your name.

    You are very talented! Love your creations!

  23. Hanna says:

    Just found your blog, you make very cool things! Just wanted to let you know I visited!

  24. Caroline says:

    Will you make me an adult pillowcase dress? Just kidding. They are very nice! Good luck with the sale this weekend!!

    -Your sis

  25. Angie says:

    Love the fabrics your chose for the bears :-)