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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Last of the Tote Bags and Pillows -- Finally!

Our school's annual Holiday Fair is now over and it appeared to be quite successful with many of the booths selling out and lots of people moving through all day long. It was quite cold, in the 20s all day, and windy too which I think kept some people away, but at least it wasn't raining or snowing. I spent the day from about 8 in the morning until about 6 in the evening manning the 'Handcrafted Items donated to the school' booth, along with another lady who spent a good long time knitting and crocheting blankets, hats, sweaters, mittens and scarves for the fair. I found out at the end of the day that our booth brought in close to $700, with $365 of that coming from the tote bags I had made. I was quite happy with that result, considering many people don't have extra money to spend these days.

Here are a few last pictures of this marathon fabric-tote bag-pillow-sewing series before I get back to my regularly scheduled programming.


Holiday Fair TableOur booth was just inside the doors to the big gym so everyone who came in had to go by us before getting to the other crafters' booths. These are the pillows I had made. Everyone commented on them, but none sold. I was a little surprised at that, but again people just weren't as free with their spending as in past years.


Holiday Fair TableThis is the long line of tote bags ready and waiting for the shoppers. I had set this up the afternoon before the fair opened to the public and was able to make three more that night, so here they are...


Tote BagThis one turned out to be one of my favorites. The outside fabric is so soft and I love the design since it reminds me a little of leaves but not quite. The neutral colors are nice too.


Tote BagThis is another one made out of that fabulously funky fabric with a soft shiny gold fabric lining.


Tote BagAnd this little one was made from small pieces of fabrics leftover after making other bags. The bottom is actually square and measures about 6 x 6 inches. It would make a nice purse.


Pool Table ReappearsAnd look at the pool table now! You can actually see it! Whew! After Thanksgiving, all this fabric will be neatly stowed away in totes and stored at the school for anyone else who would like to sew things with it, or for the art teacher to use for projects, or for the drama teacher to use as backdrops or costumes, or for the teachers to use for their bulletin boards or what-have-you.

The lady who donated all this fabric to the school said that it was all top quality upholstery fabric selling for $40 to $100 a yard and she was very pleased to see what had been done with it. I was so happy that she was happy with my work.

This was a crazy week of pretty intense sewing at a pace that I could never keep up for too long. But it was so nice being able to have so many choices of such nice fabric to make things for the school. Now, however, it is time to get back to normal family life, actually cooking meals and maybe even doing a bit of cleaning, all of which has been neglected by me in the past week. Thankfully my husband is very understanding and generous in his willingness to help out. I even plan to get back to some of the projects I had started before acquiring all this fabric. So be sure to check in this coming week to see just what I will pick up first.

Right now I think I will just go put my feet up and maybe crochet for a while.

Happy Stitching!


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1 Comments:

  • WOW you didn't just rise to the challenge - you took it on, beat it down, and CONQUERED it!!! I can't believe that none of the pillows sold, but I'm glad the totes were such a success, and that a chunk of serious "coinage" was raised for the school - you did GREAT, Mary Grace, wooooooohooooooooooooo!!! But it will be nice to get back to normal, and I'm sure hubby and the kidlings will appreciate it too, lol.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be working on this week - I'll be teaching a girlfriend today how to do Magic Stockings and Criss Cross coasters, and will be finishing up more stockings for the fundraiser I'm working on - of course, I'll be working on Christmas presents too - Santa will be here soon!!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At November 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM  

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