In the last year or so I started selling some of the things I make. I thought it was a fun way to feed my fabric addiction. At first, I just wanted to sew whatever I felt like sewing at any given time--no pressure, no deadlines, no repeats if I chose not to. No special orders. Well at first that was fine. I made products A,B,C and people bought them if they wanted. Then I started getting requests like "Can you make product A in pink?" "Will you adapt product B to fit X?". Well, the last few items have been special orders that stretched my brain cells. My most current request was for a bag for a 10" notebook computer. Well, sewing takes up only about 20% of the time. 80% is fashioning the pattern. I was pleased with the results and my customer was too. She is a big Ohio State fan and wanted a red bag with a gray interior (OSU colors) On the inside, I made a pleated pocket with a zip top.
It expands to hold her mouse etc.
Ta Da! I was given free rein to design the bag however I wanted. Her only requests were colors and to include the OSU patch that she provided. I used a sturdy red twill fabric quilted onto fleece batting. Hard to see in the picture but I machine embroidered 2 rows of the word "BUCKEYES". Initially I was going to give her a velcro closure but decided on a toggle button. I think the silver button goes nicely with the silver "O" in the patch. I was so pleased at how it turned out, I wanted to share with you.
OK, back to saying "no special orders"....until the next time :-)