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Merrilee posted on Wed, Sep 14 2011 10:37 AM

I'm going to a mixed media convention soon, I'll be working in the fabric doll art classes..but I want to make something small to trade with other attendees.  While I know this is not an involved quilting question, I thought that maybe some of you might have ideas or links to ideas.  I've been doing internet searches and beyond the usual ATC's....art trading cards....I can't seem to word my search to get any results. I'd be grateful for some ideas, if you have any to share. 

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Merrilee:

..but I want to make something small to trade with other attendees.  ..... grateful for some ideas, if you have any to share. 

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Merrilee. what about potholders? You could make very simple 9 patch blocks, or a plain block with a simple applique in the center.


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Tissue covers seem to be popular.  Especially in fancy fabric.

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Jacy replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 10:58 AM

There are lots of patterns for cute pin cushions, every one uses pins even doll makers.

 

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Sunnie replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 11:21 AM

How 'bout Quilted Pot Holders.

 

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Nana replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 11:21 AM

Merrilee

Potholders, coasters, pincushions are all neat ideas for trades.  Coasters are especially easy and quick to make.

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kim replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 4:43 PM

How big do you make the pot holders? I was suckered    asked to be in a craft fair for my aunts church. I know they usually only sell things that are $5 or less. I was thinking tissue holders and pencil rolls.

 

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kim:

How big do you make the pot holders? 

I just finished five potholders out of Maxine fabric and made them about 6-1/2" square.


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Hi Merrilee, I just finished 30 bookmarks for baby shower favors (everyone is supposed to bring a book).  They took no time at all and made them with fabric and fusible interfacing I had on hand.  If you just google "fabrick bookmark tutorial" you'll find some easy free patterns if you need one.

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Carey replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 9:07 PM

I've seen people make a lil carrying case also with fabric or a wine holder.

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Merrilee replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 11:36 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful ideas!  Needlecases also come to mind.  Now, I'll just have to look things up and get to work.  The bookmarks are really applealing as I need to make about 40 items.  Than you,  Merrilee

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I made a needle case by taking really thick pellon and a piece of felt.  cut the pellon to a usable size (good instructions, hey??)  cut the felt a little larger and layer and stitch it down the middle.  done.

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Merrilee:
I'll be working in the fabric doll art classes..but I want to make something small to trade with other attendees. 

Fabric Doll Art.....Hmmm....Maybe mini mardi gras masks made of angelina fibers and embellished, doll size earrings ,mini necklaces, easy mini quilts, A quilted (sleeping bag :)  doll case that a doll could be slipped into for travel, a small gift pouch with a few mini trims inside.....

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Thanks for the tip on making fabric bookmarks. It sounds perfect for the small craft sale I'm going to participate in November.

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