Get Ready for Craft Fairs Part Two

Last week, I talked about some great wearable items to make to sell at craft fairs, and included a lot of free patterns from great designers. If you missed that post, be sure to go check it out because there are also some tips on there that you might find useful. This week, I’d like to talk about other items you can make for craft fairs.

While wearables (hats, scarves, etc.) are pretty popular items for people to buy, there are other things you can fill your table with. The most common one that I usually see are washcloths. Many people will only use handmade washcloths, and since they’re relatively cheap and easy to make, you can whip up a batch of them in no time. You can really make these using any stitch, but textured stitches work the best. Here are 4 stitch ideas that look great.

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  1. Crochet Washcloths on Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Basket Weave Stitch Washcloth Pattern by Medmade with Love
  3. Diagonal Weave Crochet Dishcloths by 5 Little Monsters
  4. Prettiest ‘lil Crocheted Washcloths by Mama In A Stitch

Another quick and popular thing to make are scrubbies. Whether you’re making them for washing dishes, or packing them up to be used on the face or body, they really are a great gift idea. Here are 4 of my favorite scrubby patterns.

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  1. Handy Palm Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  2. Crochet Flower Cleansing Pad by Petals to Picots
  3. Here’s My Heart Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  4. Thick & Quick Bumpy Scrubby by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Washcloths and scrubbies are both great items to sell as “spa” accessories. Or you can use these patterns by The Stitchin’ Mommy and make this whole spa gift basket. It even includes the recipe to make your own sugar scrub.

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It seems these days everybody is obsessed with coffee. Why not dress up those coffee mugs or cups with a sleeve to keep your hands from getting too warm? These can be made to fit on a coffee mug or to fit around a cup. Once you know the basics and dimensions, it’s easy enough to create your own designs. Here are 4 free patterns to get you started.

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  1. Give Me Some Sugar Coffee Cozy by The Stitchin’ Mommy
  2. Striped Mug Cozy by Little Monkeys Crochet
  3. Simple Crochet Mug Cozy by Midwestern Moms
  4. Brain Waves Coffee Cozy by Playin’ Hooky Designs

You can also find a free printable for your cup sleeves to go on by Frogging Along.

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Gift cards used to be a last resort for me, until I had teenagers. I discovered that teens really love to receive gift cards because part of the joy of their present is the shopping trip to pick things out. In addition to other gifts, I always like to get my kids at least one gift card so they can pick out something they’ve been wanting. I love to dress up those gift cards with a handmade gift card holder. These are great for using up those scraps of yarn you have around your house, and a good way to make some money at craft fairs. Here are 4 patterns you can use to start out with.

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  1. Snowman Gift Card Holder by One Dog Woof
  2. Mini Stocking/Gift Card Holder by AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts
  3. Holiday Gift Card Holder by Petals to Picots
  4. Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder by Repeat Crafter Me

And lastly, my favorite thing to make for craft fairs (or any time really) is amigurumi. I admit I am a total amigurumi addict, and that tends to be what I want to make the most. For craft fairs, look for patterns that aren’t too complicated so that they’re fairly quick to make and don’t use a lot of materials. That’s the best way to maximize your earnings. For this section, I’m giving you links to 12 of my personal amigurumi patterns that are on this blog for free.

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  1. Avocado
  2. Sammy the Sloth
  3. Floppy Bunny
  4. Elf Shelf Sitter
  5. Snowman Shelf Sitter
  6. Octopus
  7. Oscar the Otter
  8. Freddy the Fox
  9. Stanley the Unicorn
  10. Bailey the Bear
  11. Eddie the Yeti
  12. Marty the Moose

You can find links for all of my free crochet patterns here.

This wraps up my posts on getting ready for craft fairs. I hope you found some useful information here, and that you found a lot of things you want to make. Have you done craft fairs before? Are you about to do your first one? What kinds of things are you making? Go post on my Facebook wall and tell me about it.

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