SMS Giveaway Day: WINNER posted!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  The winner have been chosen!

It’s Giveaway Day (Week)!

Welcome to Sewing by Moonlight.  If you’d like to know more about the woman behind the blog, feel free to click over to my About section.

I wrote two tutorials for quilt blocks in the past month, which might interest you.

Multiples of 3 is a block inspired by the 3-parted equilateral triangles often seen in English paper piecing, but this one is machine pieced.  The spider web block is an update on the great tutorial by Heather at House of a la Mode.  This one finishes at 12.5 inches, and I show you how to make a template for the center so you will have less fabric waste.


The Giveaway

I have two prizes to giveaway today.

I opened my Sewing by Moonlight Etsy shop 6 weeks ago.  It’s going poorly thus far, to be honest, but this is the bag that was my inspiration to begin selling handmade items.  The first one I made was a library bag for my 3-year-old daughter, so she could carry her books without the bag dragging on the ground.  Then I realized it was also the perfect size to tuck under my arm and use as a project bag, or everyday bag.

It’s a great bag because it’s lined with heavyweight fabric so it can hold books and things without falling apart and it has a cute little zippered pocket to hold your phone, keys, and small items (or a library card!).

If handmade bags aren’t your thing, and you’d rather have some fabric to do your own thing, how about this great little fat quarter bundle?  You get some of this totally cute Posie print from Flea Market Fancy and 3 co-ordinating Kona solids.  Gotta have some solids.  

How to Enter

Leave a comment: I clearly need some help with selling my handmade items.  Tell me: what handmade items do you purchase OR what sort of handmade bag would you buy (clutch, purse, diaper bag, tote, snack bag, messenger bag, etc.).  OR if you have experience selling handmade, give me your best tip.

Let me know if you prefer the bag or the fabric or either.

I’m attempting to be more interactive in Social Media, so for a second entry, Like Sewing by Moonlight on Facebook.

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Now, go forth and enter giveaways!  Good luck!

373 replies
  1. BreannaS
    BreannaS says:

    I have in the past purchased bags that have many pockets and are good for knitting (no velcro). I also like shops that have a varitey of colors and prints or will make items to order.

  2. Megan
    Megan says:

    I’d say diaper bags! Good for gifts and it’s nice to have something original and fun when you have to carry it everywhere! Love the fabric! ; )

  3. Heather
    Heather says:

    I am looking for a really nice camera bag. I thought I could make one myself but it turned out HUGE. I have a Canon with two lenses and the black bag that came with it is just hideous.

  4. Erin
    Erin says:

    It would be fun to win either the bag or fabric, I could find great use for both. As far as selling handmade items I find that the pictures you post of them make a big difference, take a good picture and it is more appealing other then that give it time, it takes awhile for word to spread. My business has just really started to take off and I have been doing it for 2 and a half years. Good luck!!

  5. Allison C
    Allison C says:

    I like purchasing things with zippers since I’m not sold on making things with them yet. I’m typically drawn to clutches and little coin purses right now. I would love the fabric goodies. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Alyssa
    Alyssa says:

    I would say having really really professional pictures and advertising through social media and such will really help. Occasional sales through socia media will help too. Good Luck, love your quilt blocks!

  7. Monica
    Monica says:

    I typically like bag with longer straps, and ones with zippers so I can use it as a carry on and not have to worry about my stuff falling out. I will shop in your store eventually, just after the holidays and after our move.

  8. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    I’ve purchased bags online. I prefer a large tote with ample room at the bottom.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Jen R
    Jen R says:

    I would love the fabric. For etsy, I’d say do something to set yourself apart from the other bag sellers. Also, I personally am drawn to things like free shipping or something special thrown in.

  10. Kate
    Kate says:

    I buy a lot of college-themed things for my family from Etsy because they’re way cuter than the standard stuff. As a fellow crafter, I also would prefer to buy a bag with a lot of pockets or some kind of distinguishing feature.

    I’d love to win this fabric!

  11. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    Cute fabric bundle!

    I’d love tips on selling things online too! My tip would be don’t make things you can’t use/gift so you aren’t stuck with un-used inventory if you don’t have a good sale.

  12. Heathe
    Heathe says:

    I don’t tend to buy, I usually just make it myself since I’m crafty. What I do buy are supplies and things that I cannot find in chain stores.

  13. Flower Bubbles
    Flower Bubbles says:

    My shop is not yet successful, but I knw good pictures, good tagging and good promoting are all a big part of etsy success. 🙂 Best of luck to you! Favourited you shop. <3

  14. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    Since you asked, If I could make a kind suggestion… The photo of that bag is not good. It’s wrinkled. The black strap doesn’t look like it matches. the fabric. Is it black? The lighting is bad, the angle is bad, and it’s not styled. If you look at the stuff you see on Etsy’s front page, half of the time it’s not even good stuff, but they style the shoot like it’s for a magazine, and people buy. I don’t think the problem is you or your sewing. Your work is wonderful! But people buy on impulse, I feel, and a great photo will be able to show off what they can’t hold in their hands. I wish you the best of luck!

  15. Mrs.M
    Mrs.M says:

    I tend to purchase supplies and patterns from Etsy more than finished projects. So, natch, I would love to get my hands on the fabric. Good luck with your shop, and thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    I really like bags with adjustable straps because then tall and short people can use it and also with lots of pockets. You can never have too many pockets.

    I would love to win the fabric. Love the colours all together!

  17. kate C
    kate C says:

    The fabric is really cute! I think one of the problems with selling stuff on Etsy is that there’s SO many people already doing it. Not to say that yours aren’t just as nice, but how will you get noticed? Why should people buy a clutch from you rather than someone else? I don’t have any answers, but it’s tough, I think. The second problem is that many people just make their own – to save money or because they enjoy the process. So I would imagine that things on Etsy requiring very challenging skills to make (or much rarer skills than sewing anyway) might sell better. Especially if you’re trying to get the word out primarily through your blog – which other people who sew are going to read, they might be the least likely to buy a handmade, sewn item than if you were trying to market to a different group. That’s just a guess. I don’t have any data to back it up. 🙂 Good luck and thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Crunchy Con Mommy
    Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I agree with an earlier commenter-I look for things I couldn’t make myself. I don’t have a super heavy-duty machine, so I tend to shy away from making stuff out of heavier fabrics, and I am still scared of zippers. Anyway, if there is a hard technique that you have mastered, I’d try to incorporate that into the stuff you are selling!

  19. Nikita
    Nikita says:

    I tned to purchase things I know I can’t do myself..I love the bag though and probably would purchase it since heavy duty in my area is hard to find and if itis there it is extremely expensive. Right now though i am buidling my fabric stash as I am learning to I would go with FQ bundle

  20. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    I’m more likely to buy something handmade if it comes in yellow (my favorite color) with no pink in the print. I am so tired of the pink in everything trend.

  21. Gill
    Gill says:

    I like bags with zippered pockets because I’m scared of zips! but I tend to buy handmade items that I can’t make myself!
    I would be happy with either prize!
    Thanks and good luck in your new venture!

  22. fenna
    fenna says:

    I’m having difficulty selling stuff too! lol I’m trying out nursing covers etc. I’d love to win the fabric!

  23. Miss Rachel P.
    Miss Rachel P. says:

    I don’t like to buy anything I can easily make at home. So for me it has to look professional in quality and preferably something that has lovely choices of fabrics + beautiful craftsmenship. I would buy purses with lot’s of pockets or with intricate sewing, or perhaps an apron.

  24. Gali katz
    Gali katz says:

    I think that great product photo are a-must.
    That’s where i go first when i look for something on ETSY.
    Good luck!

  25. Elena
    Elena says:

    I like bags that are versatile, so that I can use them for carrying my library books, but also to go to the movies. Maybe it´s the fact that I live in a small apartment, and don´t have much space! I would love to win the fabric.

  26. Bess
    Bess says:

    Loving the fabric bundle!
    I don’t buy a lot of handmade items I can make myself. Definitely will buy something I don’t know how to do or something that just really catches my eye:)

  27. Nancy D.
    Nancy D. says:

    I have purchased pillow covers and specialty things like wine bottle covers/bags. As far as the bags go, I like bags with multiple pockets. I like a longer handle, but can see where the shorter is convenient too. Good luck on your shop!

  28. patty d
    patty d says:

    best wishes in your store. buy handmade items i wouldn’t make myself or need unusual supplies to complete – like with grommets

  29. Erin S
    Erin S says:

    Cute bag and fabrics! I think the trick to get extra traffic on etsy is to get links from Pinterest or to get your product featured on a “big” blog that has thousands of hits/day.

  30. Audrey
    Audrey says:

    I buy all sorts of bags, but now that I have babies, I prefer larger bags with lots of zippers and pockets! I have several friends who have etsy stores but also sell their stuff locally at craft fairs. In that case, they have business cards with their shop information, and people they meet at the fairs can look them up later. I think that helps a lot because people have met them and had a personal experience rather than just trying to select them from a lot of stores that sell similar products. I wish you luck with your shop! It’s a tough venture, but your stuff is lovely! 🙂

  31. deborah
    deborah says:

    i’ve never purchased a bag online, just because we don’t have a lot of money and i can’t justify it. i do have an etsy shop and i think the best way to get customers is to do a giveaway! this one should help you get some attention, and having a facebook page where you do giveaways occasionally – having entrants share the giveaway post and requiring people to ‘like’ your page to enter, are good ways to get an audience. it is hard selling online – good luck, i am sure business will pick up for you! i would love to win a bag OR the fabric —- the fabric is actually one i’ve had my eye on for ages, the print — but i also love the solids. we do have a lot of bags, but… i like your work, too. thanks for the chance!

  32. Michelle Frame
    Michelle Frame says:

    I think to sell something on Etsy you need to stand out from the crowd and make something that not everyone makes. I personally like handmade items.

  33. Leo
    Leo says:

    little bags, and those kind of fabric boxes to store away all those gadgets and pens and things you need but are always in the way

  34. Esther
    Esther says:

    Thank you for a chance to win! My advice is: sell what you love. No one makes it like you do. Who’s your target audience and what do they buy? Combine what you’d love to make with your target audience and you’ll be okay 🙂
    Happy holidays!

  35. Taryn
    Taryn says:

    I’d love to win the fabric!

    I’ve bought a few bags on Etsy. One was leather and the other two were linen. I’m not really interested in working with leather and linen tends to frustrate me. I love the look of both those materials though, so I was more than willing to purchase them! The shop is closed now, but you can still see the bags under user name “morelle.” A majority of my purchases on Etsy are sewing patterns.

  36. shannon c.
    shannon c. says:

    This bag is lovely! Sorry you’re having difficulties in your shop! I love buying handmade, but mostly buy things that are not things I’d make (i.e. non-fabric based). Usually that winds up being jewelry or woodworking things etc. Sorry not to be more help, your bags are really cute!

  37. Christy
    Christy says:

    I started my Etsy shop selling bags and other accessories last year. Business definitely comes in waves! I think my best tip is to really use social networking to your advantage! I have gotten most of my sales by showing off my items on my Facebook page ( ). Also, in listings I find it helpful to really play up the materials you are using that set your item apart from others. Designer fabrics, expert construction, etc. Good luck!!

  38. JLVerde
    JLVerde says:

    For bags, I’d buy more complicated ones (lots of pockets, etc) that are above my current skill level.

  39. MoeWest
    MoeWest says:

    I don’t buy bags, I make them. I think your customers are more likely to be people who don’t sew. Either giveaway would be lovely. Thanks.

  40. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I’ve had a shop for awhile. It’s really hard to get going! Some people seem to just find their niche and sell tons right away. Mine has been much, much slower. My best tip is to do your best to get your name out there. Advertise, sponsor giveaways, whatever you can afford to spend in marketing you probably should.

  41. Limor
    Limor says:

    I think that key to standing out, and selling your items, is to make very high quality items, and really pay attention to the finishes, as well as have pristine photographs.

  42. susan
    susan says:

    I purchase all my purses on etsy!

    I look for custom work – like, I love this bag, but can you make it with longer handles, zipper pockets on the inside, etc.

    I also purchase diaper bags for my soon-to-be moms on etsy. I like when I can order a nice gift certificate and the momma can choose fabrics, etc.

    I would prefer the fabric bundle.

    Good luck with your shop, I’ll keep my eye out for you.

  43. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    Both items are fabulous! My best tips would be have great pictures and have lots of items for sale in your shop. It seems to help being found.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  44. Amy C
    Amy C says:

    Your bag looks lovely and I LOVE the fabric!! You have a great eye for colours/patterns. I buy unique thinsg and things I know I could never make. I’m finding it tough to get my Etsy up and running too. Keep smiling 🙂

  45. Anna
    Anna says:

    I like all kinds of bags and have purchased LOTS! I think the best thing for a shop is great photography, item details, and social media marketing. This giveaway should definitely help in bringing more awareness to your shop. Good luck with everything!

  46. Brenda Hulsey
    Brenda Hulsey says:

    I don’t usually buy handmade gifts so I won’t be able to tell you much on that.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

  47. Tawny
    Tawny says:

    I would buy a bag that fit my taste- the fabrics have got to be cute/what I like. I see a lot of homemade items out there that look well made but are just made from so-so fabrics. I know that’s a matter of taste but I also notice that the most sucessful people I see selling stuff online are usually using very current and popular fabric collections.

  48. Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
    Heidi @ Fabric Mutt says:

    I actually haven’t bought anything handmade recently, but I love looking at pouches and other handmade goodies. That fabric is so lovely — that brown posie print is one of my favorites!

  49. Marion
    Marion says:

    Well, I would buy a clutch because i think it is much more difficult so sew.
    I d love to win the fabric.
    Have a nice christmas time…

  50. Genevieve
    Genevieve says:

    Well, I’ve found I do better selling things locally. Maybe you could find a local boutique and see if they would take your bags on consignment? Or maybe you could do a craft show or Bazaar? Etsy is such a HUGE site now and it’s hard to get the word out.

    Your bags are adorable! 🙂 Love your clutches.

  51. Elizabeth McDonald
    Elizabeth McDonald says:

    For years and years, I sold at craft fairs. More recently, I sold my potholders on ebay; for ebay price is crucial, lots of variety, and good feedback. I have not sold on etsy — trying to get up my nerve at present. I have heard that it is a LOT harder to sell on etsy, and just by browsing there, it is obvious that there is much more competition, but the items sell at a higher price (a fairer price!). Do you blog about your items? I have heard that that helps to drive sales….best of luck to you!

  52. Jessica F
    Jessica F says:

    I like bags with lots of pockets & zippers because I have kids and lots of stuff! I’d like the fabric. Thanks!

  53. Libby
    Libby says:

    I sew and sell, but the things I tend to buy have fabrics I can’t find any longer, or are in perfect combiations that I wouldn’t have thought of !

  54. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    Checked out your shop. I love the gathered clutches.

    My quick advice:

    Fill that shop up! People love to look at a few pages. I definitely saw a change in views and favorites once I had 3 pages to browse through.

    Add variety in terms of styles (little pouches, clutches, totes, bags with hardware, etc). Go for a range of pricepoints and sizes. Include bags with interesting details (like your clutches) that make them different from the basics.

    Good luck!

  55. Jo Robertson
    Jo Robertson says:

    Sorry to hear your shop isn’t getting going the way you hoped. I like to buy things that I find hard to make myself – anything with zips for that matter! I’d love to win either the bag or fabric (preferably both!)

  56. Amanda Kattner
    Amanda Kattner says:

    I love to buy small handmade items made with cute fabric. I would love some fabric!

    Merry Christmas!

  57. Anya
    Anya says:

    I prefer to buy things that I can’t make myself…like gorgeous knitted items. Thanks for the chance — I think I’d prefer the fabric!

  58. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Don’t be discouraged. It often seems to me like pictures make the item when you’re dealing with online sales, so maybe iron up items nice and crisp and make sure to have good light. I don’t know much about photography, but I read a lot of blogs . . . .

  59. meghann
    meghann says:

    When I buy on etsy, I tend to buy things I couldn’t make myself, so I’m not really a bag-buyer. I think your bag is adorable, but I don’t know that I have any good tips for you. (I’m about to open my own etsy shop after the holidays, and I’m so nervous that it won’t go well for me, either. There are so many lovely things out there, and it really is so hard to stand out, isn’t it?) xo

  60. Wendy Rodger
    Wendy Rodger says:

    I like bags with lots of pockets inside and out. I’d prefer the fabric but I would be happy to win the bag.

  61. Beth
    Beth says:

    I tend to buy things that are made for a specific purpose – like an insulated lunch bag, or a purse with tons of pockets. Good luck with your new shop – Facebook should help!

  62. Eerika
    Eerika says:

    I only started properly selling my soft toys this spring, but so far I’ve found that how you interact with customers after they’ve made their purchase is just as important as how you interact with potential customers. Happy customers are more likely to return to your shop and to recommend it to others as well, and since I love to see photos of my plushies in their new homes, it’s good to have a connection going with my customers to get said photos. 🙂

  63. Lia's Handmades
    Lia's Handmades says:

    Would love to win the fabric! 🙂 Selling handmade stuff is difficult unless you have the right platform to do it such as Etsy or Dawanda, the latter being where I sell. I personally haven’t bought a bag yet, as I’d probably would make it myself 😉 But I found that general household items, that are of daily use, for cooking for example are going good .

  64. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    I checked out your shop. One thought is to try some geometric prints rather than all floral. I also don’t know what the average price is for an open top book bag like the ones you have. Good Luck with your shop.

    If I’m selected, I would enjoy the fabric. Thanks.

  65. Tawny
    Tawny says:

    My best tip for selling would be to really write out your details with as much as you can think of. The more filled in the better. Even if you’re repeating stuff that you think people will know by looking at the photos, it’s all good. I like to see people who have put some thought into descriptions of items. Hope this helps! Happy selling!

  66. mary smith
    mary smith says:

    I would love to win the fabric.

    If I was going to buy something handmade, it would be something that looks complicated. I would buy larger totes with pockets and stuff.

  67. Fiona Pullen
    Fiona Pullen says:

    Best of luck with your new venture. It takes a while to build things up but all the hours you put in now will pay off in the end. My business tips are SEO and social media are the key to success. Read up as much as you can about them and make sure you keep on top of them.

    Bag wise I would be inclined to buy something I couldn’t make myself, so I wouldn’t look at a tote bag for a simple clutch bag but something a bit more complex with lots of pockets or features I wouldn’t attempt myself.

  68. Dawn P
    Dawn P says:

    Myself, I would probably by cute purses for little girls (my daughter and nieces), maybe some cute ties for my son. Thanks for the chance!

  69. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    A sewing bag would be nice for a handmade bag. Big and roomy with lots of pockets for all the notions.

    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

  70. Erin M.
    Erin M. says:

    I’m most likely to buy a messenger style purse. I don’t like to do zippers, pockets or small details, so if I can buy something that has those things instead of making it, I’m grateful.

    I’m most interested in the fabric. I use solids all the time and would definitely use those in my stash. Thanks.

  71. Rose
    Rose says:

    I really love large totes that have at least one pocket where I can quickly put my hands on my keys or phone. It must allow me to take along my “stuff” that I simply cannot leave without.

  72. Stephanie Zito
    Stephanie Zito says:

    I think advertising and maybe offering giveaways and/or discounts on Facebook might help your business? I tend to purchase a lot of handmade items I see advertised on Facebook! Hope that helps!
    I love the fabric! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with your new shop!

  73. Irene
    Irene says:

    I don’t choose the bags by the size but I feel love at first sight if I like the fabrics! Anyway, I’d rather have a clutch or a messenger bag than a tote because they are more difficult to sew and time-consuming for me to make. I’d prefer to get the fabrics because I love how you put the colours together! Thanks

  74. Erika
    Erika says:

    My suggestion for your shop would be to have more items. It takes alot to get found on etsy especially with something that alot of people make. I think more fabric options and more listings would help you get found.

  75. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    My advice from selling handmade is to be sure to price high enough. It’s hard to compete with the big box sellers with their cheap prices, but your time is worth money!

  76. SS Sews
    SS Sews says:

    I’d prefer the fabric.
    I think I tend towards things that are more complex than my skill set on Etsy – lots of fasteners or pockets or fabrics that are difficult to work with. I hope things start going better with your shop.

  77. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    I think an assortment of handbags and pouches would be nice – maybe you could offer custom bags with fabric choices.

  78. Libby
    Libby says:

    I do buy handmade items. Typically I look for things that I can’t make myself, so usually it is wooden toys or jewelry.

  79. sandyandcosmo
    sandyandcosmo says:

    I think part of the problem is that there are just so many bags out there. I know I already have more than I need. I would be more likely to buy a zippered pouch or a purse liner. Anyway good luck with your shop! I would choose the fabric.

  80. Kristie
    Kristie says:

    Selling can be tough. In my experience what sells at a craft fair or farmer’s market and what sells online is different. My clutches do well in person and my wrist wallets do well online. My advice is to figure out who your market is and be willing to change what you are making to hit the target. Good luck!

  81. Richard Healey
    Richard Healey says:

    I would love to make a quilt out of the material love that line of fabric. My Daughter always thinks she could use another bag so I will say either but lean more towards fabric.

    As for Etsy I faved a item. I too have recently started selling quilts and its tough going not sure what to say other then try to get more links to your etsy store as then google will put you higher in searchs. Wish you luck.

  82. Emily T
    Emily T says:

    I think, first off you have to always make what you love – make sure it appeals to you, then sell it to others. Good luck! And if it doesn’t work out, you were brave enough to try!

  83. camelama
    camelama says:

    I like bags that are sleek. No puffy, no quilted, no ruffles. 🙂 Also, straps are important – wide enough and strong enough that they won’t cut into my hand or shoulder. The ability to switch a bag to cross-body is *fantastic* but can up the price too much sometimes. A little ring/tab inside to clip keys to is great – you always know where your keys are!

    I just *adore* the fabrics you gathered together for the giveaway – I think I’d choose those as I already have a bag in the colors as this one. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway and GOOD LUCK with the shop – keep at it!!!

  84. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    Don’t get discouraged! Keep at it!

    Selling on etsy is hard. Every time I get a sale I jump with glee and run to tell my husband. He thinks I’m nuts.

    I wish you good luck and thanks for the giveaway

  85. Emily C
    Emily C says:

    I have tried selling on Etsy also without much luck. I do not really have the time or funds right now to stock the store properly. If you read the Etsy success emails, the one thing they keep returning too is the tags and having several pages of items in your store. So my advice would be to devote some time to looking through the Etsy Success section of Etsy.

    I would love to win the fabric.

  86. nancy mcmahan
    nancy mcmahan says:

    I love the fabric but the bag looks great. Too big for me, i like totes the best . good luck with your etsy store. thanks for the chance to win

  87. Jess @ Quilty Habit
    Jess @ Quilty Habit says:

    I sell handmade and I would say, try your best to make everything as perfect as possible in terms of quality and customer service! That’s my tip! (also I love the bag but I would prefer the fabric!) good luck with your new business!

  88. Jennifer S
    Jennifer S says:

    I love bags that are unique and not something I feel like I could make myself (a beginning sewist). I think doing this to get more traffic to your blog is a great idea!

  89. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts}
    Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} says:

    Etsy is a great platform to use for selling, but it’s a biiiiiiig sea full of handmade goodies! It takes some time to get started and get momentum rolling, just hang in there 🙂 Offer some smaller, cheaper options – zippy pouches and business card wallets or something – as well as the bigger items like bags. You want a wide price range so that there’s something for all budgets 🙂 Good luck!

  90. Jo
    Jo says:

    I enjoy all types of bags. I don’t know a thing about selling the articles that you make sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  91. amy
    amy says:

    For handmade bags, I have bought lined, zipper pouches and a clutch before. I tend not to buy tote bags because they are simple for me to make. But, I am lazy about zippers or other hardware, so any bag with a zip or magnetic closure or key hook – anything like that, it’s more likely that I’d buy it, even though I know I have the skills to make it.

  92. AnnaPK
    AnnaPK says:

    The things I buy on Etsy are all very unique items. They are different in some way, a lot of times they are vintage inspired. Hope that helps! 🙂

  93. Kate F.
    Kate F. says:

    When I buy handmade, it’s always something I can’t make myself or I prefer not to. For example, I don’t enjoy zippers, so I might buy a clutch or pouch with a zipper. I do have to say that I haven’t bought much in the last year or so– handmade items or supplies for myself– because money is tight.

  94. Becky Greene
    Becky Greene says:

    Being a sewing-fan, I would only purchase a bag that was beyond my capabilities to make myself. Or I might buy one with hardware that I didn’t want to track down. Good luck! If I were the lucky winner, I would like to have the fabric – love FMF and I can’t get enough solids!

  95. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    I love homemade grocery bags. I think they are the cutest thing and really make a statement compared to the ordinary grocery bags at the store. Thanks for the chance.

  96. Lauren aka Giddy99
    Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I buy handmade items that I can’t make myself (e.g. my crochet & pop-top handbags or knitted sweaters because I can’t crochet or knit).

  97. Georgia
    Georgia says:

    I like large totes & diaper bags best. 🙂 And as a buyer I’m much more likely to buy something that has high quality professional looking photos.
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

  98. Sarah L.
    Sarah L. says:

    I personally love clutches, but it is hard because I can make my own things… I think good pictures sell the project. I would probably prefer the fabric, just because I am a sewer. But your bags are so pretty!

  99. DebbieKL
    DebbieKL says:

    I’d love some fabric. I think having a lot of variety (similar items with different fabric choices) is good. Also staggering listing items so something is always near the top of the search. Look into google analytics too – super fun to check out. Good luck with your shop!

  100. Michaela
    Michaela says:

    I’m more likely to buy little bags and things that are cute but still on the cheaper side. That said, I’d definitely prefer the fabric! Thanks!

  101. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    I prefer patterns and making my own bags. But there are many out there who prefer to buy them ready made, I think fabric choice is important. I like the fabric giveaway!

  102. Jeana
    Jeana says:

    I like to buy handmade painted things because I am terrible at painting… but that might not help you! For sewing things I like to buy patterns – I’d love to win the fabric and put it to use!

  103. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    One of the main reasons I shy away from online purchases is the shipping. So my advice is to keep shipping at a minimum. Both the fabric and the bag are gorgeous! (

  104. Jenniffier
    Jenniffier says:

    If I was going to buy something it would probably be something I didn’t think I could do myself. I also think pretty pictures help me really want something.

    I am more interested in the fabric 🙂

  105. Joanne Fischer
    Joanne Fischer says:

    As a sewer, the fabric would be a great prize for me, thanks 🙂

    And I agree with some of the comments I’ve read here, I think professional photography makes a *huge* difference… presentation on camera is what is going to sell an item online, that’s the only thing we can see after all! We can’t feel the fabric, or inspect it thoroughly to see your fine work, something that pops off the page and grabs your eye will capture attention quicker and hold it long enough to hopefully buy! Good luck with everything 🙂

  106. Amy Gibson
    Amy Gibson says:

    I tried having a booth at a big trendy craft fair last year, and didn’t sell a single quilt, while the lady in the booth next to me must have sold 300 $15 baby hats! I think at events like that, people impulse shop and gift shop. Perhaps knitting bags or shopping totes?

  107. Susan
    Susan says:

    I like smaller bags, like wallets, pouches, and such. I have a few go-to totes and diaper bags, but I’m always looking for ways to organize the small items in them.

  108. MissEnota
    MissEnota says:

    Hello from Minnesota! I’d love to win some fabric (but I never say no to a nice, new bag!) I’ve been out of work for a long time so I mostly window shop these days. My tip would be to find an angle to work…something cute that customizes it/makes it special such as a matching coin purse or keychain that you’ll put initials on maybe.

  109. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I’d love some fabric! To be honest, I only by handmade bags if I look at it and think ‘I really couldn’t do that myself’ . . . that or the cute little impulse buy that I know would be perfect for someone and that is a reasonable price to just pick up without thinking about it!

  110. Barbara Orozco
    Barbara Orozco says:

    I’m a poor customer, I make my bags myself.
    The only handwork I’d buy is knitted lace because I don’t know how to do it.

  111. Sasha
    Sasha says:

    I love the fabric, I’ve not managed to get some Flea market fancy and I’m still swooning over it.
    I’ve bought several box type zippered bags from etsy, just because they are handy in bathroom drawers to section things off. I like quite sturdy bags in general, so for me if i were buying a tote i’d look for a larger base and wider handles than those you usually get.

  112. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    I’m more inclined to buy “fiddly” things – zippers, snaps, etc, that I think would be harder on my own.

  113. Jeifner
    Jeifner says:

    I like to see things in the local bazaar’s as well. And eeks, dare I say it? I think your bags are quite nice but the photos are a little dark or grey so it’s a bit hard to see them. If you’d like any help with that just let me know. I’m a photographer and would be happy to share with you my photo editing knowledge.

  114. Addie
    Addie says:

    I love this print from Flea Market Fancy and the solids you paired with it are lovely for fall! I tend to make bags for myself/others so I don’t tend to buy them but I can tell you what I look for in those I make: big enough to be useful on a daily basis including room for my calendar, wallet, notebook, book, fold-up bag; pockets (inside and out) are important for easy access to phone, keys, lip gloss, sunglasses; ideally a closure is nice too; last but not least a comfortable handle/s that doesn’t slip off my shoulder, not super long but not short either. My favorite bag patterns thus far have been from Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler. I hope that’s helpful. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  115. Judy W
    Judy W says:

    First love the fabric bundle. I’ve never sold anything or bought anything on Etsy but I do love to browse. I would say when I browse the shops that I tend to fall in love with are the ones that offer items that are far and few between. Something that hardly no one else sells. Also when I’m at craft shows I’m the one that doesn’t buy because I can make the exact same thing cheaper and better so I hunt down the items that are unique and have that extra punch of something that makes it stand out. Good luck – I would love to be a seller but I don’t have the courage like you! Thanks for the chance.

  116. elflyn
    elflyn says:

    I like to buy small project bags for my knitting. I think photography makes all the difference when it comes to selling online, make it stand out from all the others. Good luck with your shop.
    I would love to win the fabric and add to my stash.Thank you for the chance to win.

  117. Fran
    Fran says:

    I would buy messenger bags, a purse or a clutch. Good luck with the Etsy shop, hopefully you’ll have lots of traffic & sales soon (The SMS Giveaway Day can only help) I’d love to win the fabric, thanks.

  118. Sandryte
    Sandryte says:

    I’d love to buy big, strong shopping bags with short handles, some extra pockets.

    I prefer fabrics, because I already have a bag 🙂

  119. Anita
    Anita says:

    I won’t usually buy any bags, because I can make them myself for less…but with that said, I’ve made hundreds and sold them for a while. I guess you have to focus on great construction, a variety of fabrics/designs for the various shoppers, and find a price point that you make money for your time, but they can still find it worth buying. Best wishes with your endeavor and thanks!

  120. Lizzie | Swedish Scrapper
    Lizzie | Swedish Scrapper says:

    I am more interested in the fabric, but that’s because I barley even carry a purse, much less a bag! I am interested in making some little pouches though!
    I love to shop on Etsy! I love to see shops that have a variety of new things, mixed with standards that they keep in shop. I want to scroll down and have choices! I’m a sucker for well combined or quirkily combined fabrics, colors, and special prints. I love those little ribbons some people have started adding to the ends of their zippers. I like special labels that companies sew into their own items. I guess I am a package person, if I need a little kick for shopping. Make sense? Good luck!!

  121. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    i really like patchwork bags…and right now i like the quilt as you go bags…i think tote bags, messanger bags and pouches are what i would be most interested in. good luck with etsy! either prize is nice.

  122. Sara
    Sara says:

    ok, well, take this for what it’s worth because I haven’t had a whole lot of success in my Etsy shop either, but first of all, six weeks is not enough time to judge success on Etsy. One thing to know about Etsy is that scrolling bottom group of pictures on the front page is some of the most recently added items, so if you can add an item every few days, you may show up on there more often and be seen by more people. Also, personally, I am more attracted to bags that are not limp and I like to see some props that denote the use. Look at Heather Bailey’s New Leaf Folding Tote for example.
    I’d love some of that flea market fancy and can you believe I have NO solids in my stash? 🙂

  123. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Well, I love the bag! I started selling my dolls on Etsy last year ( and its gone very well. The key to success for me was to take advantage of the support on Etsy. Watching the shop critiques is invaluable. You have a great product and awesome photos…that is a great place to start. I think you would do really well just selling library book bags. Having something like that that makes you unique will set you apart a bit. I would definitely join the Etsy Success Team, too.

    I hope this helps some. If you just start doing a little something every day with your shop, you will be successful! Good luck!

    Oh…I love the bag and the fabric, so either one would be lovely. 🙂

  124. Donna
    Donna says:

    Well, I usually make my own bags, but if I saw a super cute messenger bag or a bag with some fabulous quilting on it, I would definitely be tempted to buy it!

  125. Katie Y.
    Katie Y. says:

    I actually would be likely to buy pretty much any kind of bag as long as it catches my eye. I’m a sucker for bags 🙂

  126. Angie
    Angie says:

    I like buying handmade if there’s something unique about the item, such as a bit of embroidery or handprinted fabric. Good luck with your shop!

  127. Lisa McGriff
    Lisa McGriff says:

    I’m probably no help, but I tend to buy things that have dachshunds or owls on them. I like the fabric! I think facebook is a big help in getting your items seen.

  128. Danijela
    Danijela says:

    For me I prefer bigger bags like that one you made.I like to buy handmade bags,something I could make since I am crocheter.Lovely giveaway,thanks for the chance to win it.

  129. KellyS
    KellyS says:

    Well most of the time I don’t buy because I tell myself I can make it myself… and then never do. If I did buy something it would probably be for the kids, because at least I can tell my hubby it was for them and not me. Thanks for the chance to win (either prize, I really do love them both).

  130. Patty
    Patty says:

    I would love some Free Market Fancy. I’ve never bought any even tho I love it.
    I haven’t bought anything so I am not much help.

  131. Elisha
    Elisha says:

    I’ve purchased a homemade bag before; a bigger messenger type bag with lots of pockets! It was purchased in person, though, not online.

  132. Andi
    Andi says:

    One thing I noticed is that your price to ship “with another item” seems rather high. If the person is already purchasing a first item and wants to purchase more, that cost might be detouring them. It can really add up on multiple items. I know it has stopped me from buying in other Etsy stores before. I also agree with other comments that I tend to look for things that are not easy to make myself, such as things with zippers, grommets, button holes, anything that adds detail but would take too much effort for me to make for myself.

  133. Pam
    Pam says:

    I thought of selling bags for a while, but it seems like there are so many bags out there. So try to find some unique use or style that is just you, and it should help.

  134. M
    M says:

    I prefer the fabric!:) i love handmade items but I dont rly think i would buy them since I am more inclined to make them myself…good luck with the shop!

  135. Jo @ The Hungry Crafter
    Jo @ The Hungry Crafter says:

    For me, I tend to only buy sewn items that I can’t do myself (or are complex enough that they are off-putting!). I primarily buy patterns or fabric from Etsy stores; as far as finished items, maybe a framed change purse, or something that uses unique fabric that I wouldn’t be able to find myself (for example, things made out of burlap coffee bags or vintage fabrics).

  136. KeriCan
    KeriCan says:

    6 weeks is not long – don’t give up! Offer an option for customers to choose their colors/themes of fabric, maybe.

    Good photos are a key on Etsy – attract their eyes. And describe both features and benefits – like you did with the zipper and lining fabric on this bag. They’re features and they benefit the customer. Good luck!

  137. kriswithmany
    kriswithmany says:

    I’m more likely to buy smaller purses and such. If it’s for me, I always prefer something with straps that can go over my shoulder (even if it’s a small bag). I can’t really give advice though – I’ve never tried selling myself.

  138. Kristel
    Kristel says:

    The bags are really cute, but I think when I go to a shop I like to see a lot of variety, both in terms of style and fabric or colour options. I tend not to buy tote style bags because I find them pretty easy to make, but I probably would buy one if I found a really good looking grocery tote that folded up into something small enough to stash in my purse (and maybe snapped closed so that it wouldn’t spring open in my bag). I do tend to buy things more purse style (I’ve got two so far) and I’ve been keeping my eye out for something in a messanger bag style that will be strong enough to carry my laptop.

    I think with etsy it can take a lot of time to build up a clientèle – if you search totes how close to the top of the search response do you show up? How do your prices compare to the other totes available? How do your features compare with other ones available?

    Anyway, before I ramble on even longer: I’d prefer the fabric because I LOVE the solids as much or more than the print 😀 They look beautiful together.

  139. Mary Ann
    Mary Ann says:

    I don’t have any great advice except as a consumer I know I like to see lots of pictures and make sure the lighting is such that your bags look their best. I would love to start selling some of what I made but I haven’t gotten brave enough to start. Be proud you were courageous enough to take the leap!
    I would love to win either.

  140. Beth T.
    Beth T. says:

    I really appreciate your honesty. I’m rooting for you!

    For budgetary reasons, I tend to buy small handmade items, the kind I can tuck into a gift bag along with some stationery, or which will be part of a care package. So for me, little coin purses, things like that, are items I am more likely to splurge on or buy on impulse.

  141. Ellen M.
    Ellen M. says:

    Since I sew I would probably buy something that I couldn’t make. There’s so much competition you need to find some twist that makes your items stand out (fabric combinations, unusual materials, unique shapes, etc.). All of this is easier said than done, I know. Either prize would be lovely. Thanks and good luck!

  142. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    I would be interested in buying handmade items that I couldn’t make myself very easily – like softies, detailed ornaments, a nice wallet, etc.

  143. Erin Hutchinson
    Erin Hutchinson says:

    My shop sells things only about once per month, but I notice that people tend to like the one of a kind items of my own design. I hope your sales pick up.

  144. Skooks
    Skooks says:

    I tend to buy handmade stuff I can’t make myself . . . usually this comes down to artwork and jewelry. Good luck with your business!

  145. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    I think diaper bags would be good. Really a variety is probably best everyone is so different and looking for different things! I would love either giveaway.

  146. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    I sew, so I don’t buy handmade items too often. But if were to see something with really amazing colors/fabrics/prints AND looked practical, I might splurge 🙂 I’m interested in the fabric, if I were picked as a winner 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! cheriemie (at) gmail (dot) com

  147. Kelli
    Kelli says:

    Love the posie print with the solids. I buy things that I know I won’t make at home. So…something that looks complicated (even if it’s not really) or in a really great fabric combo, or something I’ve wanted for a long time and put off making. I know those aren’t the best tips. That’s why I don’t have a shop yet. I can’t think of anything to put in it that I think will sell well. :/

  148. Kim S
    Kim S says:

    Make sure your pictures look really good. I think that really helps people sell. I would buy diaper bags or more complicated bags I couldn’t make. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck on your shop!

  149. Ali M
    Ali M says:

    I tend to buy smaller things like clutches or smaller purses, since I’m not good enough of a crafter to make them look neat, I always mess something up 😉 I’d prefer the fabric since I have a gap in my fabric shelf! Thank you for the giveaway.

  150. Jamie B @ merricontrari
    Jamie B @ merricontrari says:

    I have had my Etsy shop for quite a while now. It’s quite a slow business unless 1) you get noticed and promoted by Etsy itself or by a huuuuge blog, or 2) you pour a ton of time and money into marketing. Stick with it, keep making things you love, and eventually sales will come. 🙂

  151. April in Autumn
    April in Autumn says:

    Since I can sew, I usually don’t buy bags. I usually buy kits on etsy – sewing kits or embroidery patterns. I also buy artwork, jewelery, and bath products – those are things I can’t make myself.

  152. M. E. Stephens
    M. E. Stephens says:

    Since I do a lot of my own sewing, if I were to buy something, it would probably be something smallish and more complicated, such as a purse. I am especially partial to denim purses. I also might link to your store if you had a nice selection of aprons since my blog is called “The Cotton Apron”. 🙂 Hope you do better with your store.

    I would be happy winning either item you’re offering.

  153. Lee
    Lee says:

    I have bought coin purses, totes and clutches. I love handmake kitchen items too. Thank you for the nice giveaway – I would be happy with either giveaway item!

  154. Julie Andrea
    Julie Andrea says:

    For a tote, I like a large square or rectangular bottom (kinda like my own!) bah hah hah. But really, what catches my eye is something different, something unique, something that sets you apart from the rest where the potential customer will think – ohhhh WOW, I love that, that’s a cool idea, never seen that before, great – gotta have it. To win either item would be a thrill. Thank you and best of luck to you.
    Julie Andrea

  155. Caryn Turner
    Caryn Turner says:

    I love bags that are versatile and can be used in different situations. Hang in there – the selling will happen, you just need to get out in the public arena more. Self promotion is the key. I love the bag but am a fabric addict so would love the fabric bundle

  156. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    I love the fabrics, I’m more of a make it myself than a buy it kinda person 🙂 If I was going to buy something I would probably go for a messenger bag!

  157. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    I recently made a quilter’s bag to tote all my things to retreats. I couldn’t find any online. Also, I think a clutch or a small wallet are perfect to give and receive.

  158. Lyn
    Lyn says:

    I’d prefer the bag, but would be happy with either. I’ve shopped on etsy and there are a lot of sellers there. Good pictures help. I like messenger bags, or bags that have a drawstring and can be used to store knitting projects.

  159. Carly
    Carly says:

    First of all, I love the bags and your shop name and header are wonderful! We’ve been selling on Etsy for awhile…inventory is definitely key for us, seems like we sell more when we have more choices. I have joined some Etsy teams over the years, made treasuries, promote on Twitter, advertise on blogs (sometimes for free or only a few dollars a month), etc. Hope this helps! Good luck and thanks for the giveaway – I’d love either prize!

  160. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I have to admit that I usually make my own things rather than buy someone else’s handmade items. If I did buy something, it’d probably be something like or library tote, or maybe something similar with a zipper in the main area to keep things secure, or a messenger bag. Good luck to you! winterwrens at gmail dot com

  161. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I make most of my things but I love an oversized bag. Mostly what I have bought on etsy is fabric. It took along time to get my shop up and running well. thanks for the chance to win. I would love the fabric.

  162. Christy Dixon
    Christy Dixon says:

    The fabric is awesome! I sew for my granddaughter so I am always in need of beautiful fabrics. My recommendation for your page is to add, and advertise, tutorials. I’m always finding great pages while I search tutorials for clothes for my grandkid. And contests are a great way to get the word out there!! Good job- and thank you!!

  163. Nancy D
    Nancy D says:

    I like large bags and totes. But I think people are now looking for e-reader covers and laptop cases. Also phone cases. So many electronics out there that needs protection! If I were the lucky one I love the fabric!

  164. melzie
    melzie says:

    I opened my etsy store about that long ago also, and it’s not moving at all! I have one bag and several burp cloths. I have bought a couple of bags online, mostly I like the hippie/boho look, hobo slouch type. I hope you get some new business moving on yours! I’d like to win either the fabric or the bag, I’m not picky 🙂 Good luck!

  165. julia
    julia says:

    I buy all sorts of bags and things, mostly totes. You really just need to get people to your shop so and then they’ll buy

  166. Kay Lemieux
    Kay Lemieux says:

    I like messenger bags.
    Getting started can take a little time. Don’t give up. I hope you get a lot of great advice from other sellers to help you.


  167. Annette
    Annette says:

    Bags are hard to make a go with, because so many people make their own. But a friend of mine has had success making knitting needle caddies and fabric buckets for wool, so I think it’s important to find something unique for a specialized use.

    I would prefer to win the fabric bundle if I’m lucky enough to win.

  168. LUCYL
    LUCYL says:

    I like bag that has well-designed storage pockets, like knitting storage bag that you can store yarns and needles and WIPs~

  169. Lori
    Lori says:

    I don’t usually buy bags when I could make them. I am attracted to cute neutral fabrics and designs that are beyond my skill level.

    I love the fabric and hope I win that 🙂

  170. Adri H
    Adri H says:

    I’ve been a designer for a while and it took about 4 years to really get an audience and some consistent purchases for my patterns. I blog, post to facebook, twitter, etc. But, I think the most important thing is photography. Make sure your product looks good and is well presented.

  171. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    I think that zippy little pouches tend to do well, but then I’ve probably bought more wetbags than any other type of bag 🙂 As a fellow sew-er I would have to go for the fabric bundle, so pretty! Good luck with you new endeavor 🙂

  172. wendy
    wendy says:

    This is a difficult one to answer as I make my own bags, so probably wouldn’t buy them. I only like big shoulder bags. I have an online shop but don’th ave any tips as I rarely sell anything!

    I’d like to win the fabric.

  173. Mhairi
    Mhairi says:

    I am a terrible customer. I see a bag I like and then I recreate it for myself. Not sure if this means I shouldn’t be entered in your giveaway but I would be very happy to give either item a home as they are both wonderful.
    Good luck with your shop and I hope that it gets better for you.

  174. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    I sell on etsy, and the key seems to be good pictures, really working on getting your tags and titles to make things show up in search, and lots of custom options. Good luck!! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

  175. Tonya
    Tonya says:

    I like the bag and the fabrics. With two kids my interests would like more towards diaper bag or messenger bag! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  176. Dawn Hollingsworth
    Dawn Hollingsworth says:

    I love purses and messenger bags! Good luck with your shop, I don’t have any words of wisdom for that. Sorry 🙁 Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  177. misty
    misty says:

    I would buy a bag that I didn’t think I could make for whatever reason. Like some technique or design element I haven’t tried yet or if the fabric combo is arealily beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity!

  178. Rebeckah
    Rebeckah says:

    I have an etsy shop. I have only sold 2 tiems so far but I had set up the shop inorder for people to be able to purchast my custom handmade items with ease. (They tell me what they want, I make it and make a listing on etsy for them to pay through.) I work mostly by word of mouth so my friends are the ones who buy the most. My trick is that my shop’s main item of sale is geared to a specific group of people. Doctor Who fans. I make Tardis quilts, custom. It helps to have a specific group to cater to.

  179. DESPINA
    DESPINA says:

    I prefer buying anything handmade, jewellery, bags, dresses…
    I recently bought a pair of amazing crocheted boots, that I can wear outside, too!
    Most of the ladies I know prefer to buy totes and clutches, from sewing category.
    I’d suggest -apart form the ready to ship pieces- to have a customizable listing in your shop, with several fabric choices

  180. Joanna-Gloria
    Joanna-Gloria says:

    I would love this bag!!
    But I could also make use of the lovely fabrics
    I think clutches sell well, and if they are made of more luxurious fabrics, they can make great bridesmaids’ gifts.
    A friend of mine sells most of her clutches for wedding purposes…

  181. Vivian
    Vivian says:

    Good luck in your shop. I normally buy things that are too difficult for me to make. Like small items like eye glass cases and maybe small bags even though I haven’t bought any bags. Thanks. Vivian

  182. amy
    amy says:

    I like a nice, sturdy bag that can carry lots of library books. I also like handles that are very well attached. I have had many where the handles start to separate:( Thanks for the giveaway! I love you bag:) Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  183. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    I would love to win either! And my favorite kind of bags to buy are messenger bags. For any everyday bag, I like something I can put over my shoulder or across my body.

  184. MarciaW
    MarciaW says:

    I would look at buying a diaper bag online for a gift. I only buy a purse every 2-3 years and use them one at a time, so not a good candidate for purse buying for myself.

  185. Maria White
    Maria White says:

    I prefer fabric. I don’t really buy bags because I enjoy making them… but I know lots of people who really like buying bags.

  186. Emma
    Emma says:

    I would tend to buy small bags and pouches – especially those the right size for keeping knitting projects in (just big enough for some sock yarn and needles). I don’t have as much need for larger bags, so wouldn’t buy them anywhere near as often.

  187. Linda
    Linda says:

    I would love the fabric. I once bought two knitted bags, but honestly I’m not sure if the recipients used them. It’s all in the eye of the person choosing them. Don’t give up with your etsy shop, I wish you luck as well as Happy Christmas.

  188. Sarah C.
    Sarah C. says:

    I’d go for either 🙂
    I think bags for make-up and groceries would go well. I started an Etsy shop recently too and am not feeling too hopeful so far but things take time! Good luck!

  189. Karen O
    Karen O says:

    I am also trying to figure out how to drive traffic to my Etsy shop. I have quite a bit of Vintage Fabric and some DS Quilts, with a few other fun finds. Someone told me to be as descriptive as possible and use the key words. I would love this fabric!

  190. jmniffer
    jmniffer says:

    I would consider purchasing a messenger bag as I know I can’t make one of those myself. I prefer the fabric. Thanks for the chance.

  191. Deb
    Deb says:

    The problem with etsy is that there are 47,300,098 other people also selling bags, so unless you have a following or are unique it’s pretty hard to be seen. I’ve had the same problem.

  192. Anna
    Anna says:

    And I liked you on facebook : ) Thank you for the chance to win- I’m trying to build up my solid stash so would love the fabrics!

  193. Mary
    Mary says:

    I’d buy a diaper bag. One that’s not too big or too small and with a divider or a section that pulls out to keep my stuff separate from my kids! I’d like to win the fabric, thanks for the giveaway!

  194. Audrey Lee
    Audrey Lee says:

    hi, thanks for the chance!
    i would love to win your fabrics~
    Usually, i would prefer to buy handmade bags~

  195. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    I have purchased tote type bags in the past. I used them for projects or to bring books and such to a doctor’s appointment, I hope this helps in some way.

  196. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    I would probably prefer the bag, but I wouldn’t be upset with the fabric either. I am following you on FB!

  197. Karrie Smith
    Karrie Smith says:

    Good luck on your shop!!! I love your blog. I like bags like the one you have or I used to have a smaller one with a longer strap. The bag went on my right hip and I looped it over my left shoulder (I hope that makes sense) Think: this purse isn’t coming off her body. I also really like messenger bags and totes. I like the bag, but I would love to win the fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

  198. Lori
    Lori says:

    I love that fabric!

    For me, I make a lot of totes and such, so for me, I would tend to buy things that were more unique. Something I would not necessarily replicate.
    My best to you.

  199. Prachi
    Prachi says:

    Don’t be discouraged. Potential customer research (like the one you are doing now by asking folks what they would like) is a great way to know what if anything is lacking in your handmade offerings. 6 weeks isn’t very long in my opinion – have faith, things will work out! I like medium sized bags – usually handbags and messenger bags. I would love to win the fabric bundle. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  200. delia jones
    delia jones says:

    I like the bag. A random thought, would you be able to approach the library to sell your bags & maybe give them a percent of the proceeds? GOOD LUCK!

  201. amy
    amy says:

    Sorry to hear you are having a hard time selling, I always think it must be a tough business to get into. Using social media is a good idea and also maybe having stalls at craft fairs and things so people get to see your stuff in person? Anyway I would probably be most likely to buy a diaper bag (or nappy bag as we call it in the UK!). Good luck 🙂

  202. Jacklynn Grimm
    Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I don’t generally purchase things that I can make myself – sorry I am no help! Personally, I like smaller bags with more pockets for organization. I would love the fabric you are giving away – thanks for the generous prize.

  203. Mike Pearson
    Mike Pearson says:

    I don’t think I have ever purchased anything handmade online. I’ve always liked to see if I could make it. Although, I saw an ipad cover once that I almost bought. I make mostly quilts, but I don’t think I will ever sell them, because I spend more time on them, than the money I would get for them. If I sold them for all the hours I put in, I’d probably make less than minimum wage. 🙂

  204. Carmen
    Carmen says:

    I’d be most likely to buy full-sized purses and diaper bags as I don’t think my sewing skills are at the level where I could make my own

  205. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    I can sew so I don’t normally by bags. But I would buy a wet bag because I don’t want to purchase the special material. Good luck.

  206. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Tote bags are pretty easy to whip up at home, so I prefer to purchase things that are a little more complex to make (zipped interior pockets, etc.) or different pieces that coordinate (bag, wallet, pouches, etc.). Also, prints are great but I like to have some choices in solids, too. thanks!

  207. Kylie C
    Kylie C says:

    I buy things that are too fussy for me to make myself like clutches or things with piping (my personal nemesis).

  208. Donna B.
    Donna B. says:

    Box bags! I’m not yet good enough to make them myself but I love them, so those are the bags I like to buy. Fabric would be my choice, please and thank you!

  209. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    As someone who sews, I’m inclined to buy things I don’t think I could reproduce myself…in particular I love totes with a snazzy print (picture) on the front…

    I would really love the fabric you have up for grabs!

    Thanks for the opportunity! X

  210. fern
    fern says:

    I’m not much help on the etsy thing, as I’ve got a shop, but I don’t ever put anything in it! I’m nervous!!!
    I agree with some others, I buy stuff I wouldn’t want to make on my own, or something that I can’t make.
    I’d love the fabric or the bag. 🙂

  211. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    My best advice is don’t do it for the money – think of that as a bonus while you do what you love. Of course I’m no expert – my etsy shop is closed and has been for a few years now. Your shop is very nice, I like your bags.

  212. Lori Morton
    Lori Morton says:

    I love Tote Bags….. are soooooo handy, and versatile!! Would definitely be sooo excited to win the Fabric! But either would be way cool!

    Thanks for chance to win! 🙂

  213. lucia
    lucia says:

    It sounds like you like to make bags- so just go for it! Personally I myself would buy a tote, a clutch or a handbag. Also accessory/make-up bags are always handy too. Good luck with your Etsy store- it takes awhile to build things and you have hardly even started. Your blog is very cute- I am sure you will do great! I really like the tote- but who can ever say no to fabric? Thanks for the giveaway!

  214. Helen
    Helen says:

    Would be happy with either but love your bag–in particular the outside zippered pocket! Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

  215. Kessilari
    Kessilari says:

    I don’t usually buy things from etsy shops and don’t have a store, so I don’t think I’ll be much help to you there. I mostly get stuff from garage sales, thrift stores, etc. But I do like unique, cute things that are also useful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  216. Angie
    Angie says:

    I would love the fabric. I think tote bags made with current designer fabrics are my favorite type of handmade item 🙂

  217. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    I pefer to buy purses and small zipper bags and accesories. Also I like to buy aprons.

  218. Carla G
    Carla G says:

    I’m more interested in purses as I never seem to get them made for myself, even though I sew all other kinds of bags myself. However, I’m more likely to buy the pattern than a completed bag. Sorry 🙁 Good luck though!
    I’d choose the fabric! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  219. Carolyn @ Sweetboaterchick
    Carolyn @ Sweetboaterchick says:

    I am also a seller on etsy and look forward to reading the tips you get. I try to keep my items fresh and have good pictures, but there are a lot of others selling too so try to make yourself stand out. I would love the fabric bundle. Thanks for the chance.

  220. Kim T.
    Kim T. says:

    a satchel -type bag for a purse. and i don’t like rafflecoptor…
    but i do like your bag and the fabric.

  221. Tammi
    Tammi says:

    I would like to buy a great messenger bag. It’s hard to find cool bags that you can carry to work with your laptop etc.

  222. Belinda
    Belinda says:

    I like messenger bags and totes the best. And the best thing I ever did when selling handmade online was to work on my photography, after all you don’t have long to catch a potentials customer’s eye before they move on to the next shop. You’ve got to make that first photo count! 🙂

  223. Erin
    Erin says:

    I keep being asked to make sleeves for laptops, iPads, and other portable devices. You might expand to include things like that. I love the fabric and you’re absolutely right… you’ve gotta have solids!

  224. Betty Burton
    Betty Burton says:

    Shopping bags are my thing – trying to replace all my WalMart bags. Love the fabric in your giveaway. Hope to win!

  225. Jeanne
    Jeanne says:

    A medium sized wristlet bag to take shopping instead of my big and very heavy purse. Just enough room for small wallet, phone, pen and paper and feminine necessaries. Maybe a small camera might fit as well, with the wrist loop being comfortable in dimensions. .

  226. Laura
    Laura says:

    I really like making snack bags…they seem to be a big seller at craft fairs.
    Thank you for hosting this wonderful give-away!

    God bless,

  227. Kim
    Kim says:

    Good luck with your shop! I’ve had my shop open for a little over a year (but have really only put serious work into it since April), and my advice to to have a variety of items…different sizes, colours, price points. I also have to force myself to move beyond colour combinations that *I* like. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway…love the fabric 🙂

  228. sangeetha
    sangeetha says:

    i wish someone would make me a sturdy library bag – something that can carry my heavy craft books

  229. charlotte @ twelfthzodiac
    charlotte @ twelfthzodiac says:

    I don’t purchase bags on etsy since I make my own. Selling is so tricky…my shop is empty because of it! So I really have no advice. Other than to get your family members/friends to make their purchases through etsy. It will get you some seller feedback & that is always reassuring for buyers.
    I would love that cute little fq stack if I were to win 🙂

  230. Janet
    Janet says:

    I like to sew my own things mostly but I would buy a nice purse with lots of pockets and well made if it was in colours and fabrics I liked. Good luck with your Etsy store.

  231. Elisabeth Fife
    Elisabeth Fife says:

    I like tote bags. Blues are always my favorite accented by either green foliage or yellows are nice with blue too.
    I really like the orange and pink poppy bag too. The hidden zippered pocket is nice too.

  232. Diana
    Diana says:

    I have in the past purchased quilted bags and tote bags online. The crisper the photographs and the more information you post about the details of the product [height, width, length, zippers or not, inside pockets (zippered or not), fabric makeup e.g. 100% cotton, description of the colours], the more confident the buyer will be. Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest! Cheers, Diana

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