Selling on Etsy YouTube Video Series

Tips for Selling on Etsy is a new video series on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel and a new video is out today on 10 Reasons Why a Shop Might Get Banned on Etsy.

New YouTube Video 10 Reasons Why a Shop Could be Banned on Etsy.

I see so many posts in the Facebook Etsy sellers groups about how their shop has been shut down and they don’t know why.

There are 10 reasons I discuss in my video but I will list a couple here that I see happen quite often.

The first is sharing wi-fi. People have their friend over and their friend uses their wi-fi (or their room mate shares the wi-fi) and then the friend’s or room mate’s shop gets shut down. If their shop gets shut down your shop can be shut down too because your shop is associated with the same wi-fi or IP address as theirs. It looks like the shops are owned by the same person.

Likewise, if you own multiple shops and one gets shut down they all will be shut down because they all use the same IP address.

For this reason I recommend not sharing wi-fi with other Etsy sellers and not using public wi-fi services to check your Etsy shop. I always use my own cell phone data to check my shop when I’m out.

The second reason is listing items that infringe on someone else’s copyright. So many sellers do this and think they are fully within their rights to sell Disney characters or Harry Potter stuff. The copyrights for those characters are owned by big corporations (Disney and Warner Bros. etc.) If you list items, even if you made them yourself, that are using those copyrighted characters you run a high risk of having your shop shut down. Just don’t do it.

For more shut-down reasons and advice from me (a 10 year, top 2% Etsy seller) check out my video on YouTube.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt

This is a fun ocean themed throw quilt I finished last week for my Etsy shop.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

I used the Red Velvet quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms which is a layer cake pattern but I changed mine up to use quarter yards and fat quarters. I had quarter yard cuts of the main ocean fabrics and fat quarters of Kona and Blueberry Park fabrics.

It was a bit tricky because I wasn’t following the cutting instructions in the pattern so I sewed one row at a time. I quickly realized that decisions on one row affect the next row after it so there was some minor seam ripping involved.

Close up of one of the large blocks.

I think the extra brain power needed was worth it in the end. This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.

This quilt is a nice size for a coverlet on a twin bed.

The backing is a fun print of tentacles coming out of the ocean waves.

Backing and binding on the ocean quilt.

This quilt was a great stash buster and used up several fat quarters. I quilted it with all over “balls on string” or in this case we can call them bubbles.

A Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial and Tips for Selling Quilts on Etsy

Welcome to The Daydreams of Quilts blog! I made a YouTube video today with tips for selling quilts on Etsy and included a free Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial.

My main takeaway tips from the video are:

-Make quilts that are quick and simple. Heirloom quilts will take a long time to sell as you have to wait for just the right buyer to come along and that buyer has to have an understanding of the value of the quilt

-Find ways to speed up the quilting process so you don’t need to charge as much for time. Some of my tips in the video are drawing guidelines on your sewing machine, chain piecing and machine binding.

I mentioned in the video a popular post on my blog about pricing quilts to sell and you can find that post here. It’s called 8 Ideas to Consider When Pricing Homemade Quilts.

I also mentioned in the video that I would create a PDF download of the Quick Baby Quilt tutorial so here is the download file for that.

Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

I hope this post and video are helpful to you. Let me know in the comments or contact form if you have more questions or topics you would like me to make future posts and videos about.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

How To Make Reusable Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags

These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.

Reusable fabric gift bags made by Daydreams of Quilts using Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics.

I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.

Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.

These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.

You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)

For one bag cut the following:

  • cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
  • cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
  • cut two 12.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide lining pieces
  • cut a 1.5″ square out of each bottom corner
  • also cut two 32″ long pieces of grosgrain ribbon

Happy sewing and gift wrapping! 🙂

Christmas Lattice Quilt with Optional Hot Cocoa Appliqué

Introducing the latest PDF quilt pattern from Daydreams of Quilts the Christmas Lattice Quilt !

Christmas Lattice Quilt with optional hot cocoa appliqué by Daydreams of Quilts.

This quilt looks great in red and green for Christmas but would also be perfect in other complementary colour schemes for year round quilts.

Hot cocoa is trending right now in a huge way so I designed these cute little appliqué hot cocoa mugs with hearts on them to add to the quilt if you wish. Inside the PDF file there are two additional quilt layout diagrams with different placement options for the mugs.

Hot cocoa appliqué templates are included in the pattern.

I drew the mugs in EQ7 (quilt design software) and I love how they turned out! The templates are included in the pattern.

Hot cocoa appliqué in the Christmas Lattice Quilt.

I made my test blocks into a cute runner for my hot cocoa bar that I set up on the top of my deep freeze. Hot cocoa bars are the in thing right now according to my kids who have been thoroughly enjoying ours.

Hot cocoa bar runner by Daydreams of Quilts.

Another idea is so sew a bed runner for the foot of a bed at the holidays. Just add a few more blocks to the runner above.

Find this pattern in my Etsy shop here: Christmas Lattice Quilt Thank you for visiting my blog today! 🙂

This pattern is currently on sale in our Early Black Friday Sale.

A Giveaway! Precuts, thread and seam ripper stickers!

Thank you so much for all your support in following, liking and sharing my posts. To say thank you I am hosting a giveaway!

Giveaway from Daydreams of Quilts

I am giving away four fat quarters of Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics, one layer cake of Handmade by Bonnie and Camille, one charm pack of Love Grows by Deb Strain and one charm pack of Rise by Melody miller plus six spools of Aurifil applique thread and two of my seam ripper stickers (fun to stick on your planner or sewing machine). Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to Canada and USA addresses. If you are international and willing to pay for tracked shipping then you are welcome to enter too and I will send a PayPal invoice for shipping if you win.

Teacher Aprons Are My Latest Pandemic Sewing

Teacher apron made with kinder fabrics

A few weeks ago a friend of mine who is a teacher contacted me to ask me if I would consider sewing teacher aprons. I had no idea but these are much needed during the pandemic. Teachers have a lot of extra things to carry and manage throughout the day such as hand sanitizer, which they need to squirt on the elementary school kids’ hands, masks and all the other usual things like white board pens, phone, keys and so on.

Teachers are wanting aprons to help manage all these things, stay organized and keep their hands free. Maybe you know a teacher who would like one for Christmas.

My friend wanted her aprons made from this free tutorial on the Crafty Staci blog and so that is what I used. These also make fantastic vendor aprons for when we can do craft shows again.

Teacher Apron sewn by Daydreams of Quilts in Coral Heather Ross Kinder Fabrics.

I created a YouTube video tutorial on how to sew these as it can be a bit tricky following along on a blog post sometimes. I made the Library Books themed one below on the video. The pattern and written instructions are on the Crafty Staci blog.

Teacher apron sewn by Daydreams of Quilts with office supplies and books. Fabrics by Cotton + Steel and Crimson Tate.
Teacher aprons sewn by Daydreams of Quilts using Heather Ross Kinder Fabrics.

I have a teacher aprons section in my Etsy shop where you can find these aprons available to purchase. I received some teacher themed fabrics I ordered on Spoonflower with math, science and general teaching motifs so more aprons will be coming soon.

Teacher aprons in Cotton + Steel, Heather Ross and Crimson Tate fabrics.

I so appreciate my friend coming to me with this idea as I would have never thought of it! She loves her math themed aprons so it was a win/win for both of us. 🙂

Jack O Heart Halloween Quilt

This Halloween throw quilt is finished and listed in our Etsy shop. It was made with the Jack O Heart quilt pattern also available in our Etsy shop.

The finished Jack O Heart Halloween throw quilt by Daydreams of Quilts.

I got extremely motivated and pieced, basted, quilted and bound this quilt all in one day! (Yes, I was very tired afterwards.) I have a system down pat for these pixel heart quilts now and I use the knee lift lever on my sewing machines to help speed things up. It actually does save time.

Cute fabrics in the background.

I was wanting to sew a Halloween quilt but couldn’t afford to buy fabric. I started looking through my “holiday fabrics” basket and was surprised to discover that I had enough Halloween prints for a whole quilt!

Spider webs on purple for the binding.

I was very pleased that I was able to bust quite a bit of my stash. 🙂

We had a beautiful fall day for photos and I ran out with the quilt as soon as the binding was sewn down.
Jack O Heart quilt with fall foliage.
A quick little video of the quilt.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope your Halloween preparations are going well.

Jack O Heart Halloween Pixel Heart Quilt Layout and Fall Pattern Roundup

I went on a hunt through one of my stash baskets yesterday because I knew there were some Halloween fabrics in there. To my surprise there were enough to sew a whole quilt!

The Jack O Heart Quilt Layout

I got to work cutting and had the Jack O Heart quilt cut out in about an hour and a half so yesterday I did a quilt layout. I made a hyperlapse video for my YouTube Channel just for fun.

A hyperlapse video of laying out the Jack O Heart Quilt

Fall Pattern Roundup

This is one of several fun fall pixel heart quilt patterns available in my Etsy shop. I have a Pumpkin in a Pixel Heart Quilt, a Turkey in a Pixel Heart Quilt and this Jack O Heart Quilt. All of these patterns are also available in my ebook “A Year of Pixel Heart Quilts.”

The turkey one was designed with Thanksgiving in mind. The Jack O Heart is for Halloween of course and the Pixel Pumpkin is general fall decor.

Thanksgiving Quilts: Turkey in a Pixel Heart by Daydreams of Quilts.
The Jack O Heart Quilt in wall hanging/table topper size alongside the Turkey in a Pixel Heart Quilt.
Fall Quilt: Pixel Pumpkin in a Pixel Heart by Daydreams of Quilts.
A Year of Pixel Heart Quilts” pattern ebook by Daydreams of Quilts.

The air has turned crisper here. We even got down to zero over the weekend! This has me getting out my fall wreath and putting a pumpkin table runner on the dining table. Of course put me in the mood to make a Jack O Heart Quilt too.

I hope you found some inspiring fall projects here today. Thanks for visiting!

Happy Labour Day Long Weekend!

Celebrate all your hard work with a sale at Daydreams of Quilts! Our shop is 10 – 20% off now thru Monday Sept. 7th!

Enjoy 10 – 20% off for the Labour Day Long Weekend at Daydreams of Quilts on Etsy.

Our cactus pincushion pattern is featured on the main home page for Etsy so they are the stars of our Labour Day sale too! 🙂

I have spent the summer working on Christmas stock and some of it is already listed.

What’s new?

  • advent calendars
  • stockings
  • fabric gift bags
  • drawstring backpacks and tote bags

What’s coming up?

  • more quilted tree skirts
  • more advent calendars
  • PDF patterns

Have a great long weekend!