I officially survived my first craft fair! Overall, it was a lot of fun, and I learned a ton. And came home and promptly fell asleep on the couch. It’s amazing how exhausting standing and smiling can be!
In all my internet and pinterest searches of craft fair displays, I found very little about how to display patterns. So I brainstormed ideas with my friend Elizabeth, and we came up with this simple and effective way to display patterns. I purchased a portable easel from JoAnn’s with a 40% off coupon, so the display came out to less than $30.
First, I took a foam core board, pack of stick-on hangers, and several patterns to get a sense of the hanger placement.
I set up the patterns on the board, and visually estimated spacing between them. Then I stuck on the hangers, using the lines on the foam core as a guide for hanging them straight. After applying the hangers, I waited for the half-hour recommended on the packaging before testing out the new board.
It worked wonderfully! Best of all, it’s reusable, and I can switch out whatever patterns I want to highlight.
And finally, I used this fun tutorial to make a little half-apron for the event. It was perfect for holding change, a calculator, and a pen. Yes, I could have bought a plain one. But it was fun to make, and the coffee fabric was another visual connection to my brand. The tutorial was pretty simple to follow. I’ll definitely be using this again!
The best part of this show was the opportunity to talk to people in person about quilting. I love the online community, and the ability it provides to interact with quilters around the globe. But it was a real treat to watch people come up to the booth, touch the quilts, and talk about memories they had of family members and quilts.
And now that I’ve been through the craft show process on a small scale, I’m looking forward to vending at local quilt shows. . . and maybe Quilt Market, someday!
Stay tuned for more fun coming soon on the blog. I can’t wait to show you some progress on the Hexagon and Rail Fence quilt, and next Wednesday is my tour stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 11 Blog Tour!!!! Happiness
Here’s the magazine cover: My block is in under the letter “B” in “Blocks”, third block down.
Can’t wait to share more with you soon!