Princess Leia *FREE* Crochet Pattern (part 2)


Earlier in the week I talked about how much I love returning customers, and that I adore custom requests even more! I also published the Princess Leia crochet dress pattern for free (designed to fit an infant in the 0-6 month size range). So, I definitely recommend checking out that pattern.

Don’t you fret, I know that the Princess Leia costume is not complete! It NEEDS a hat/wig, and even though she is not a Jedi herself, she also gets an adorable pink-colored light saber to show support of her hunky twin brother! So, now I am sharing those crochet patterns with you guys also for free!! You will need a size J hook and brown worsted weight yarn for the hat, and a size H hook and pink, grey, black, red, and green worsted weight yarnfor the light saber.

THE LIGHTSABER

RND 1: Starting with grey for the Handle, ch 2. Work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (10), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* all the way around (15), ss to first to join and ch 1

RNDs 4-8: sc all the way around (15), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 9: sc all the way around (15), color change to black, ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 10: sc all the way around (15), color change back to grey, ss to first to join and ch 1

RNDs 11-12: sc all the way around (15), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 13: sc all the way around (15), color change to black, ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 14: sc all the way around (15), color change back to grey, ss to first to join and ch 1

RNDs 15-16: sc all the way around (15), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 17: sc all the way around (15), color change to pink (or other color of choice), ss to first to join and ch 1

RNDs 18-37: sc all the way around (15), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 39: *sc 1, sc2tog* all the way around (10), ss to first to join and ch 1

Stuff the little light saber

RND 40: *sc2tog* all the way around (5), ss to first tonjoin and finish off.

Make a little red dot and a little green dot and attach them to the light saber’s Handle

Ch 2, work 10 sc stitches all into the second stitch from hook, ss to first to join and finish off.

THE HAT

With a J-sized hook and brown worsted weight yarn ch 2

RND 1: work 7 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), ss to first to join and ch 2

RND 3: *dc 1, inc* all the way around (21), ss to first to join and ch 2

RND 4: *dc 2, inc* all the ay a pound (28), ss to first to join and ch 2

RNDs 5-8: dc all the way around (29), ss to first to join and ch 2.finish off after RND 8

Make two long and thick braids, and loop them on the side of the hat attaching 5em directly to the hat with either sewing or glue

Princess Leia *FREE* Crochet Pattern (part 1)


I love returning customers! They know how to work with me, and not only do they know what I am capable of creating, but they appreciate the time and effort that I put into something. When a previous customer comes to me, I will put them top of my list and fulfill their requests first, every time. Not to mention the 15% discount that these returning customers get to enjoy time and time again! There are perks to being a loyal Family Bugs fan for sure.

I might adore custom requests even more! So many times I have very many ideas of what to crochet next floating in my head. So many ideas, in fact, that I struggle to narrow it down to just one, or find difficulty in focusing on just one through to completion. I cannot even number how many works in progress I have going on right now, and I just purged my closet, throwing away several of these wips! So, when someone make a specific request, saying “can you please make me something?” I put it at thetop of my “to design” list, and then I have a deadline, and the motivation to get it done! Because I know a very specific person is just waiting for me!

So, when a returning customer asked me earlier this month to make a Princess Leia Crochet Costume for her 3-mo daughter for Halloween, I knew I just had to do it. And I also knew that the pattern had to be available for all of my wonderful fans as well! It fits right in with my disney princess collection, too! Because there are so many parts involved in this costume, however, I’ve broken it down into two parts. This is the first part consisting of the dress pattern, and in a couple of days I will be publishing the second part which will contain the crochet patterns for the light saber and Princess Leia’s iconic braided hair/hat/wig.

You will need a size h crochet hook, and worsted weight yarn in white and grey. That’s it. As far as materials go, this is a pretty simple pattern. I have also tried to stick with basic crochet stitches: ch, ss, sc, dc, dc2tog, and increases. As with all of my crochet patterns, my goal is to keep the directions as simple as possible. So if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email 😊

SKIRT

Designer notes: Dress is worked from the bottom up. Using white Ch 78
RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across. (77) Being careful not to twist, Ss to first sc to join into a large circle
RND 2: ch 2, dc all the way around (77), ss to first to join
Designer’s note: If you want to add length to the skirt, for an exceptionally long infant, or just because you want it longer, this is where you should add in. Just repeat RND 2.
RNDs 3-10 Work 3 dc2tog somewhere in each RND. Ss to first to join, ch 2. Final stitch count after RND 10 should be 54

BODICE

RND 11: dc all the way around (54) color change to grey, ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 12: sc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 13: sc all the way around (54), color change back to white, ss to first to join, ch 2

RNDs 14-19: dc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 19

STRAPS

Make two: Ch 17. Dc in third ch from hook, Dc in each stitch across (15). Finish off. Attach both Dc chains into the bodice with 13 stitches in between in front and back; 9 stitches in the underarm.
Insert white anywhere along the neckline and repeat the following all the way around: Ch 3, skip next stitch and ss in the second for a total of 24 ruffles.

SLEEVES

RND 1: Insert hook in the back corner where the strap meets the bodice. Sc all the way around the arm hole (25), ss to first to join and ch 2
RNDs 2-13: dc all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 13.

EMBELLISHMENTS

Princess Leia’s dress has these three grey circles right along the belt of her dress. Make two of the smaller ones, and one of the larger circles.

RND 1: ch 2, work 7 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), ss to first to join. Finish off to form the smaller circle, ch 1 and continue to RND 3 for the larger circle

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* all the way around (21), ss to first to join and finish off.

Attach the larger circle in front center of the grey waist band. Attach the two smaller circles on either side.

Harry Potter Newborn Hat and Necktie Onesies


When one of my dearest childhood friends announced recently that he is expecting twins, I knew exactly what I needed to make him for a baby gift. It needed to have something to do with Harry Potter, because him and his wife adore the wizard in world and even had a subtle undertone of such at their wedding a couple years ago. It needs to be gender neutral, or easily transferred to the other gender, since it’s still too early to know for certain, AND dr’s still mess up from time-to-time. It really was a no-brained. I’m going to make them some Harry Potter beanies (with removable flower clips). As I did some quick research, I also decided to make some necktie appliqués that I could sew onto some onesies to make it a more complete “costume”. So, like always, you guys get to enjoy the patterns 😊

Materials Needed

  • Three different hook sizes: K/6.5, J/6.0, E/3.5
  • Worsted weight yarn in the proper colors: Slytherin – Green and Grey, Ravenclaw – Blue and White, Hufflepuff – Yellow and Black, Gryffindor – Maroon and Gold
  • Hair clippers for the flowers
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends and attaching the appliqués to the onesies
  • Onesies in newborn sizes

Basic Hat

With the J/6.0 sized hook, choose which colors you want to use, and starting with the main color (which is listed first in the list above ^), ch 2.

RND 1: Work 8 sc stitches all in the second ch from hook (8), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, do not turn. These hats are worked in one continuous round. Use a stitch marker if you need to keep track of the start of each RND.

RND 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each stitch around (16)

RND 3: Hdc 1, *Work 2 dc in the next, dc 1* (24)

RND 4: *Dc 2, Work 2 dc in the next* (32)

RNDs 5-11: dc all the way around (32, 224 total)

Finish Off: hdc, sc, ss, finish off.

Making the Stripe

With the largest hook (K/6.5 MM) and secondary color, starting at the bottom of the hat and working in 5e middle of the dc stitches, LOOSELY ss all the way up.

The Flower

With the smaller E/3.5 sized hook and starting with the paler color (grey, gold, yellow, or white)

RND 1: ch 2, Work 10 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook. Ss to first to join.

Color change to the darker color (green, maroon, black, or blue, respectively)

For each petal: *ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc, ch 2, ss in same stitch, ss* Repeat four more times to make five petals

Finish off and attach to the hair clippies

The Necktie

With the E/3.5 sized hook, and main color, ch 10

ROW 1: skipping second ch from hook and sc 7, sc2tog (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: sc 6, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: sc 5, sc2tog (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 4: sc 4, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: sc 3, sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 6: sc 2, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 7: sc all the way across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 9: sc across (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 10: sc 3, inc (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 11: sc across (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 13: sc across (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 14: sc 5, inc (7)ch 1 and turn.

ROW 15: sc across (7) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 16: inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 17: sc across (8) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 18: sc 7, inc (9) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 19: sc across (9), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 20: sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 21: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 22: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 23: sc3tog (1), ch 1 and finish off

With a yarn needle, take some of the secondary color and stitch the stripes into the Necktie

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You can do whatever you want with it, now. I decided to hand-sew the neckties onto some newborn onesies using the main colors. I’d LOVE to see what sort of crafts you do with these Necktie appliqués, so share your pictures, and you might just get featured in my monthly newsletter!

Telling Tuesday’s – Buttons


We all have one: a giant container. A recycled cookie tin, or maybe a cleaned-out butter or icecream tub. That is full of odds and ends buttons. Shaped buttons, colored buttons, small buttons, large buttons, glass buttons, plastic buttons, metal buttons. The beautiful world of buttons. Ever wondered what to do with all of those buttons? I mean, you can’t use them on a garment; there aren’t enough matching ones. Never fear! This week’s link-up is full of delicious button things for you to dream about ☺

JEWELRY

There are so many cute and adorable ways to recycle buttons for necklaces, brooches, rings, hair pieces, and so many more.

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These button necklaces from PiperLondonUK are so cute, and would make the perfect gift for any seamstress or sewing dabbler.

How precious are these tassel button earrings by VintageOoakDesigns?

And finally, the snap button charms from SnapButtonJewelry are just gorgeous! We all know how much I just adore colors.

WALL ART

As the world of Pinterest continues to explode, we see more and more beautiful diy art works. Buttons are, of course, not to be excluded!

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The Ladybug is obsessed with elephants, so you know I have to debut these adorable button elephants by Cool Creativities.

Changing My Marbles shows us how to make our own button letter canvasses.

With Beauty and the Beast coming out, I just had to show case this Belle silhouette. Designed4Her has several of the Disney princesses as button wall art.

CROCHET

As always, I have to dedicate an entire section of my link-up to the beauty of crochet!

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Craft Bits shows us how to crochet our own buttons…how easy and versatile are these?!

Emily Flower made these vintage-ey button flowers that are just precious!

Then I can’t forget to showcase how Elvee Dickenson has used buttons to take a simple crochet cloche and step it up in the cuteness realm.

Sleeping Beauty *FREE* Crochet Pattern


Aurora. Her name is Aurora. Why is that so hard for people to remember? And if you do call her Aurora, no one knows who you are talking about. Just one of my pet peeves I guess. I know it doesn’t even matter. I mean, whether I know Sleeping Beauty is called Aurora or not…it’s not going to keep me out of heaven (unless I do in a mad rampage and declare a personal vendetta against everyone who doesn’t know her name…but that is drastic! And not going to happen).

Anyways, I’ve made several Crochet patterns for a few of the Disney Princceses already: Cinderella, Tinkerbell, Rapunzel, and Alice in Wonderland (even though some of those aren’t technically princesses). I’m in the process of updating my current patterns, but most of the afore mentioned can be found in my Etsy shop. So, when I had someone ask me for a Sleeping Beauty crochet pattern, I cringed a little inside, because she does have a name, and then I happily set to work!

Unfortunately, I’ve only finished the 0-6 month crochet pattern so far. But, fortunately, because I also haven’t had this Crochet Pattern tested, you get to enjoy it for *FREE*!! It comes with the crochet pattern to make a dress that will fit A typical infant in the 0-6 month clothing range, a crown, and a pair of precious little slippers.

I sure would appreciate some feedback on this pattern as well, since it is untested.

So, What Do You Need To Make You Own?

  • Hook size H/8 – 5.00MM
  • Hook size F/5 – 3.75MM
  • Worsted weight yarn in desired colors (I like using Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft, but any brand should work just fine) in medium pink and light pink, white, and gold.
  • Any additional embellishments to make the dress pretty!
  • Large buttons for back closure.
  • Tapestry needle is optional for sewing in ends

What Crochet Stitches Are Used In This Pattern?

  • Tutorial For Aurora CostumeCh – Chain – YO, pull through
  • Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook
  • Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook
  • Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook into second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet – YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook
  • Dc – Double Crochet – YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through one loop on hook, YO, pull through remaining loop on hook
  • HTrc- Half Treble Crochet – YO twice, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through one loop on hook, YO, pull through remaining loops ok hook.

Is The Gauge Important For This Crochet Pattern?

Yes, yes, yes, yes. It is! It doesn’t take long to work a gauge swatch, and it could mean the difference between making a preemie dress, or a 6-month sized dress. Just suck it up, Crochet the swatch, take the measurements, frog it, and then work the pattern. Alright?

With h hook, ch 21

ROW 1: sc in second chain from hook and all the way across (20)

ROW 2: ch 1, turn, sc all the way across (20)

ROW 3: ch 2, turn, D.C. All the way across (20)

Repeat Row 2, Repeat ROW 3, Repeat ROW 2 again and finish off.

Your swatch should measure 2.25 x 6 inches, adjust your hook accordingly ☺

On To The Crochet Pattern!!!

Say Yes To This Dress

Aurora Crochet Dress PatternDress is worked from the bottom up. Starting with h-sized hook and ruffle color (white), ch 77

RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way around. (76) being careful not to twist, ss to first sc to join into a large circle.

RND 2: (Scallop round) Repeat the following all the way around: *skipping the next two stitches, work 7 dc into the third. Skip the next two sc and ss into the third*. There should be a total of 13 scallops.

Finish off.

Working on the other side of the starting chain, insert light pink. Work RND 3 into the front loops only.

RND 3: (Ruffle round) ch 4, ss in the second space. Repeat the following all the way around: *ch 4, skip first space and ss in the second*. Ss to first to join (39 ruffles). Finish off.

RND 4: Working in the back loops this time, insert the dark pink and sc around (76) ss to first to join.

RND 5: (V-Stitch round): ch 2, turn. Ch 2 more, D.C. In the same stitch. Repeat the following all the way around: *skip 2, (dc, ch 2, dc)* ss to first to join.

Sleeping Beauty Crochet DressRND 6: (Cluster round) ss into the ch-2 space, ch 2, work the following (yo, insert hook, yo, pull through, yo pull through two loops on hook (two loops remaining), yo, insert hook, yo pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook, to, pull through remaining three loops on hook). Repeat the following all the way around: *ch 2, work a cluster stitch in the next ch-2 space* (see note below). Ss to first to join (25 clusters)

NOTE Cluster Stitch: yo, insert hook, yo, pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yo, insert hook, yo, pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook (three loops left on hook), yo, insert hook, yo, pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining four loops on hook.

RND 7: ch 2, work 3 dc in each ch-2 space all the way around (76), ss to first to join.

OPTIONAL: to add length to the skirt portion of the dress, {ch 2 and Repeat the following all the way around: *dc* (76), ss to first to join.} Repeat the {} until desired additional length is reached.

RND 8: ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around: *dc 9, dc2tog* (70), ss to first to join.

RND 9: ch 2, dc 4, Repeat the following 6 times: *dc2tog, dc 8*, dc 4, (63), ss to first to join.

RND 10: ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around: *dc2tog, dc 7* (56), ss to first to join.

RND 11: ch 2, dc 3, Repeat the following 6 times: *dc2tog, dc 6*, dc 3 (49), ss to first to join.

RND 12: ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around: *dc 5, dc2tog* (42), ss to first to join.

Crochet Dress PattenContinue on into the bodice of the dress. Do not finish off.

RND 13: ch 2, working in the BLO (back loops only) for this round, dc all the way around (42), ss to first to join.

OPTIONAL: to add length to the bodice portion of the dress, {ch 2 and Repeat the following all the way around: *dc* (42), ss to first to join.} Repeat the {} until desired additional length is reached.

OPTION: You can continue working in the round, joining with a ss at the end of each RND, or as I have it written, you can leave the back of the dress open and create button holes. If you choose the former option, don’t forget to “ss to first to join”, and do not turn. ☺

RND 14: ch 2, turn, working in both loops again, dc all the way around (42)

RND 15: ch 4 (button hole), turn, dc all the way around (42)

RND 16: ch 2, turn, dc all the way around (42)

RND 17: ch 4 (button hole), turn, dc all the way around (42), color change to white (or sleeve color)

RND 18: ch 1, turn, sc 8, ch 12, skip 5 stitches, sc 16, ch 12, skip 5 stitches, sc 8.

RND 19: ch 1, turn, sc 8, work 12 sc into the ch-12 space, sc 16, work 12 sc into the ch-12 space, sc 8 (56).

RND 20: ch 1, turn, sc 7, Sc2tog, sc 10, Sc2tog, sc 14, Sc2tog, sc 10, Sc2tog, sc 7 (52).

RND 21: ch 4 (button hole), turn, sc 6, Sc2tog, sc 9, Sc2tog, sc 13, Sc2tog, sc 9, Sc2tog, sc 7 (48) finish off.

Skirt Ruffle

This is the drape that hangs down on top of the skirt that is the typical look of the Disney Princess style (specifically Aurora or Sleeping Beauty). Locate the first round of the bodice where you dc in just the back loops. Locate the back center of these loops (where the seam is), count over 5 stitches, draw up a loop of light pink, and continue with the first side ruffle.

Crochet Disney PrincessSide ruffle: ROW 1: ch 2, dc 10 (10)

ROW 2: ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc 6, dc2tog (8)

ROW 3: ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc 4, dc2tog (6)

ROW 4: ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog (4)

ROW 5: ch 2, turn, dc2tog twice (2), ch 1 and finish off.

Crochet 6-month DressFront Ruffle: count over 1 stitch, draw up a loop

ROW 1: ch 1, sc 11 (11)

ROW 2: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog (9)

ROW 3: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (7)

ROW 4: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5)

ROW 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3)

ROW 6: ch 1, turn, sc3tog (1), ch 1 and finish off.

Count over 1 stitch, draw up a loop, and create the other side Ruffle.

Count over 1 stitch, draw up a loop and create the back Ruffle (same as the front Ruffle).

Optional: insert hook into the side of any Ruffle and sc all the way around. Sc2tog in the “valleys” and ch 3 on the “peaks” of each Ruffle.

Crown

Crochet Crown Pattern
Using f-sized hook and gold color, ch 51

RND 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc 21, hdc 1, dc 1, htrc 1, dc 1, hdc 1, sc 23 (50), being careful not to twist, ss to first to join making a large hoop.

RND 2: ch 1, sc 22, hdc 2 in the next, dc 2 in the next, htrc 2 in the next, dc 2 in the next, hdc 2 in the next, sc 23 (55), ss to first to join.

RND 3: ss 21, work 2 hdc in each of the next 2, dc 1, ch 2, ss in second ch from hook, dc 1, work 2 hdc in each of the next 2, sc 2, ss 22 (59), finish off and add desired embellishments.

Slippers

Crochet Newborn SlippersMake 2 of these using F-sized hook and dark pink color, ch 10

RND: 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc 7, work 5 sc all into that last stitch. Now, working on the opposite side of that starting ch, sc 7, work 2 sc both into that last stitch (22), ss to first to join.

RND 2: ch 1, hdc 7, work 2 hdc in each of the next 5, hdc 7, work 2 hdc in each of the last 2 (30) ss to first to join.

RND 3: ch 1, hdc 12, work 2 hdc in each of the next 3, hdc 12, work 2 hdc in each of the last 2 (36), color change to white, ss to first to join.

RND 4: ch 1, hdc all the way around (36), ss to first to join.

RND 5: ch 1, hdc 12, dc2tog six times, hdc 12 (30), ss to first to join.

Baby Slippers
RND 6: ch 1, sc 12, dc2tog 4 times, sc 11 (28), color change to light pink, ss to first to join.

RND 7: ss all the way around (28) and finish off.

Attach buttons to the back of the dress and embellish as desired. I added sequins in a few choice positions, you can make flowers, hearts, use beads, bows, or other jewelies. This is even precious without anything extra.

DIY Princess Crown

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Wonderwoman Crochet Pattern!!


IMG_1736I am very exited to announce the release of Wonderwoman to my list of superhero crochet patterns for infants and toddlers!! There are three different sizes available 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-24 months. As always, I DO give permission for anyone to sell any finished products they make from my patterns, but please, do not copy or redistribute the pattern itself in any way!

It can be a dress-up outfit, or a halloween costume, or even an adorable swim-suit! I just love how it turned out 😀 Go check it out in my ETSY SHOP!! It is a real easy pattern to work-up, you don’t have to be an expert crochet-er to figure it out. Basic stitches (Chain, Single Crochet, Half-double Crochet, Single Crochet two Together (Sc2tog), Slip Stitch, and that’s really it!).

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What is a Niche, why should you care, how to choose one?


If you’ve spent any amount of time working on selling hand-made crafts, I hope that you’ve done some research online to become more efficient.  If you have, then you have run across a funny-sounding word: “niche”.  Now, this isn’t talking about a chip taken out of a wall, or when you nick yourself shaving.  It is actually quite an important concept when it concerns selling your handmade goods (especially online).

 

English: Detail of crochet table-cloth. França...
English: Detail of crochet table-cloth. Français : Détail d’un napperon au crochet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

According to dictionary.com, niche as a noun is “a distinct segment of a market”, and as an adjective it is “pertaining to, or intended for a market niche; having a specific appeal“.  So, let’s break it down in laymen’s terms for you.  A niche is basically a narrowed marketplace.  Let’s say that you crocheted (that’s what I do, it’s familiar to me, it’s going to be our example today).  So, there’s your craft…crochet.  There are several different categories of crochet: blankets, sweaters, hats, scarfs, socks.  You can take one of those categories and break it down even further, let’s use hats as our example: hats that look like animals, hats that are for babies, personalized hats, beanies, tams, caps, hats for pets.  So, if you were to find the niche in this example, it would be: crochet hats that are for babies.  It is a very specific marketplace.

 

There are actually a few people who do not think that having a niche is important at all.  They think that so long as you stay within your specific craft (like crochet), then it is perfectly fine to have several different crochet products (lets say your inventory involved three hats, a sweater, two baby blankets, few pairs of socks and hand-warmers, about a dozen scarfs, an iPad cozy, four coffee cozies, and two

 

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English: Mohair lace knitted and crocheted scarf Français : mohair écharpe de dentelle, tricoté et crochet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

newborn baby booties). I strongly disagree.  Especially if you are selling on the super competitive universe of the world wide web, it is very important for you to have a niche and to be an expert in that niche.  Why? Different niche’s have different audiences, different audiences are reached in different ways.  If you are selling crochet baby hats, then you want to reach new mothers, you probably won’t be finding them on twitter.

 

So, now that you know what a niche is, are convinced of the importance of choosing one, the question might pop up: how do I choose my own niche to sell?  There are a just three steps to take.

 

  1. Choose your craft.  Painting, Crochet, Sewing…choose something that you enjoy making.
  2. Choose the product.  Decorations, clothing, functional, accessories…
  3. Narrow it down.  Wall-art, maxi dresses, iPhone covers, hand-bags…

 

It is ok if your niche changes.  During the summer months I tend to focus more on crochet newborn photo props, while in the winter my focus is crochet hats (I know that’s a pretty wide niche, and while I do make all sorts of different hats, I sell more of the personalized sort).  And as you get the hang of one niche, it’s ok to add in another one.  Expanding your marketplace brings in more sales!  I do caution to try to stick with the same target audience, that way you won’t have to advertise in two or more different places.

 

Today’s blog post has been brought to you by the letter N – Niches!

 

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Is your business “growing up” too quickly?


I want to encourage my children to be independent, and to grow up on pace with their peers, I also don’t want them to grow up too quickly. When my youngest was born, I had this dream and desire to exclusively breast feed her for 12 months.  I know it’s possible, I personally know many women who have accomplished such a feat (my mother being among them).  She’s 10 months old now, and I’ve had to start her on solid foods (call it a mother’s intuition…she needed solids).  While my heart is breaking because my baby will soon not be a “baby” anymore, I know that it is also good for her to grow up.  I’m sure you are wondering where the application is…stick with me, I’m getting there! When it comes to your business, are you forcing it to grow too quickly, not letting it grow at its own pace, or have you found the happy mix?

Is your business “growing up” too quickly? Maybe you are getting more orders put through than you can fill, there are clients that you just have to turn down, you often feel completely overwhelmed with the current work load.  There is just no way to get the resources for selling because you cant afford them or can’t seem to order them fast enough.  It’s really great that you are so successful!  However, these are all signs that your business has “grown up” too quickly.  You cant keep the supply up with the demand, compromises start to be made as your focus changes from quality to quantity. Don’t get too discouraged though, you don’t have to keep up this overwhelming pace, you can slow business down (go read THIS post). Go back to the point when you were in control.  Unlike a child who, once learns how to walk cannot and will not go back to a time of just crawling, your business can go back to its infancy.

Is your business still just a baby? There is lots of down time, which is any length of period when you have idle hands.  You maybe struggle with the idea of “what can I make now?” Depending on your reason and purpose for selling, you might like the slow business, it might be ideal for your business to be a bit slower. However, if you want to be really successful with selling crafts, your business has to keep growing as you are able to execute things.  Try introducing new product lines. Start giving customers options. Try a new venue. Market your product. Don’t be afraid of advertisement.  Turn around and reinvest your profit into your business, upgrade where you can.

Have you found a comfortable pace of growth? Keeping in mind that there is only so much that one person can do, have you reached your limit?  If you do find yourself going over your limit from time to time, don’t be afraid of back-tracking.  If you just can’t stand the idea of remaining stagnant, why not consider hiring someone to help you along.  This might take some creative ingenuity when it comes to selling hand-made crafts, but if you really want to, I’m sure you can figure out a way to do it all.

Wherever your business is, if you are comfortable with where it is, that’s PERFECT. If you ever become un-comfortable with where it is, you can always change it up.  Do something different, slow down the pace, speed up the pace.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share about how your business was either not growing fast enough or growing too fast and what you did to change it?  Leave a comment below!

Autioning off a Baby Blanket


crochet baby blanketcrochet baby blanketI’m wanting to reach out to as many people as possible to let you all know that I made this baby blanket and am auctioning it off on my facebook page.  It really is super soft, my daughter has fallen in love with it (I might have to make one for her).  But, go check it out.  I think that it would make for a pretty awesome baby shower gift, or a first birthday gift, depending on your decorating color preferences, I’m sure that it could also be used as a throw in your living room or bedroom!!

I just really fell in love with it as I was making it!  Shipping will be free!!!  You just bid by commenting your offering price on the album page (not on any of the pictures, just click on this LINK).

crochet baby blanketBaby Blanket is made of super soft yarn that has been designed especially for babies (Bernat Baby Soft).
The colors are a sea green, soft blue, stark white, and a variegated yarn.
Made up of 29 hand-crocheted hexagons and measures 4.5X3 ft. (54X36 in.) when laid out flat.
Please start the bidding at $30.00, and you can raise in any increment that you would like.
Please keep in mind that to *buy* a blanket like this would cost over $100!
Bidding will last through the rest of the month of June. Ending on Sunday, July 1st (2012) at 2:00pm Central.
Just go HERE to place your bid.