Once the kids were in bed, I had some free time so I decided to work on another set of pillows.
This time I did a boat and a whale, then later (the next morning) I made the beach huts – in coordinating fabrics. I think they came out good – so much better than my first pillow – which can be seen here: Beehind The Seam. I used the light blue velvet cushion covers which I bought at the same time as the purple ones for less than 2 pounds.
I wonder if I could possible sell these three as part of a set? How much could I ask for the set? I was going to ask for £16 – £19 per pillow. I’ve seen a sail boat with a boy’s name at NOTONTHEHIGHTSTREET.COM them for £14 but when you add the pad (insert you have to add another £5. I’ve seen others go for around £30 depending on the site, etc.
So for all three – was going to try £49 on my Folksy.com shop and see how it goes. Once I create a bunch of them – like 50 or so, I’d like to exhibit at some local craft fairs, Producer Markets and local events as there are a lot of things going on her.
I have been doing a lot of research online on the best place to buy the cushion covers and I think the best bet is IKEA. They have a bunch of various options but I saw they have a NEW one which is called GURLI for 3 pounds. It is 100% cotton, comes in 9 colors and zips. Or I could get just plain white ones – RITVA – for 4 pounds and those are able to be purchased online. Going to talk to Nils to see if he thinks we should take a road trip to buy a boat load of them and perhaps some of their fabric too as I noticed they had a bunch of new prints like HILDIS polka dots in red and black or if it makes sense just to purchase the plain white ones online. According to Google maps the nearest IKEA to us in North Norfolk is Nottingham and its about 3 hours. I think if we left early in the morning, the kids would be fine for road trip with some stops along with way. I think these are the best-quality ones for the best price.
I used the Steam-A-Seam which my mom gave Nils when in Boston, but I need the double sided edition of that stuff. I think it’s best bought online or perhaps they can send it when they send over Maebh’s Hanna Andersson dress which I won!
It is not as rough as the first, but I’m confident with practice and a sewing machine, it will be much better! I’m borrowing my MIL’s machine as of Friday so with a quick tutorial, hopefully I’ll be off making some neat pillows.