Care Instructions & Feedback Cards

A lot of us crafters either make items for commissions or to give as gifts, whether it be knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewn, or cross stitched wonderful things.

So I’m wondering … Do you give care instructions when you sell / gift things?

It’s something that has been on my mind lately, especially for commissions. Quite often I’m engaged by someone else to make an item as a present, so I don’t get to speak to or hear from the actual end user. When I sold my first quilt, I wrote a little hand written note just to say congratulations on their new addition, and to give them some simple care instructions for their quilt. I thought this was really important, as I wanted them to use their quilt and not be afraid of washing it, and I personally knew I would be a little afraid of washing it if I’d never owned a quilt before.

What I really wanted though, was some feedback from the client who engaged me to make the item. 95% of the time, my requests for commissions come through my Facebook page. Potential clients see my work and current projects on there, and I try and update it when I can without inundating people with things. As a teeny tiny small business, reviews are invaluable to me and my potential clients, so following up with people for reviews is always a high priority for me.

So, I decided to roll care instructions and requests for feedback into one postcard sized card that I now add to my items when they’re wrapped. It provides care instructions for quilts and cushions, and also asks people to leave feedback on my Facebook page if they would like to. I’d love to know what you think of them!

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I had some new business cards made up in the same theme as the care instruction / feedback cards to add to my completed items when they’re gifted. My previous business cards didn’t actually say what Crosstitchery was all about (I know, so silly!) so I updated everything to have a small description of what I do; ‘custom quilts, cushions, cross stitches & decor,’ – I think that summarises Crosstitchery pretty well :)

Update – Yellow & Grey Baby Quilt + Cushion!

So remember when I showed you guys the gorgeous yellow & grey fabrics I had to work with for my latest commission?

This whole commission is just about finished – I only have the bunting to go :)

My client wanted a simple patchwork pattern for the quilt, so I cut 6.5″ blocks, 7 blocks across to create the middle of the quilt. On a side note, does anyone else think things look better in odd numbers? I’ve heard interior designers generally recommend decorations in odd numbers ……. Anywho.

I bordered the patchwork in the dark grey and used bright yellow fabric to make my own binding to really make the grey pop. I did a simple criss cross quilting pattern, as I thought the fabrics were busy enough as it was.

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Here’s what the finished quilt looks like :)

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I am really happy with how it turned out and I love the criss cross quilting effect. The backing is a light grey polka dot fabric that goes really well with the yellow binding, and due to the colour of fabric backing, the criss cross stands out even more which is lovely!


The cushion is also complete, and I had such a ball with this pattern. I was trawling Pinterest to find inspiration and found a pin that I’ve had saved for a long time; a strippy pillow tutorial. Check out Jera’s blog for the instructions on how to make your own.

Strippy Yellow & Grey Cushion

I’m super happy with how the cushion has turned out. When you run your hand over it I love the feel you get from the different strips of fabric. The backing is the bright yellow fabric with a concealed lapped zipper; the yellow backing really pops against the dark grey binding of the cushion.

So this little yellow and grey package for a new baby is just about finished – the bunting will be done shortly, and I’ll be taking some snaps for when all the items are finished and are assembled together. You’ll all be happy to know that I’ve added tags to each of these items ;)

Speaking of which – if you guys have any advice on how best to take photos of quilts, I’d really love to know. I struggle to take good photos of my items, and my goal is to set up my Etsy store this month … I feel like I need to nail good photos so any advice would be much appreciated!

Erin1

Yellow & Grey Baby Quilt

So my next commission is for a yellow & grey themed baby quilt!

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Here’s the fabrics I’ve pulled for this commission – I’m getting started tonight so prepare for updates shortly. I’m really happy with how these fabrics turned out; I had to visit 4 different fabric shops in order for find just the ‘right’ shades of grey and yellow.

This commission is for a little package to really themed out the nursery; cot size quilt, cushion, and bunting to match. I can’t wait to show you guys once progress has been made! :)

50 Shades of Grey Cushion

My latest commission is inspired by the book,’ 50 Shades of Grey,’ – 2 best friends commissioned a cushion for their 3rd best friend who is an avid reader, and loves the writing style of 50 Shades of Grey.

I would’ve loved to have pulled 50 shades of grey to create a pattern, but unfortunately each of the fabric stores I visited had a very limited selection of greys, and due to the timeframe of this commission I was only able to pull 5 shades.

The room this cushion is going into is quite classic, so I played with the shades to create a destructed star pattern, just using HST’s. There is a green chair which features in her bedroom, so I pulled a green pattern fabric as the centre for the cushion – here’s what the top looks like.

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I’m really happy with how the top turned out as it really pops in my opinion :)

I then added a border of the same green fabric to tie it into the chair, and tried to mitre the corners for the first time. I usually have blocks as the border for cushions, but thought I’d give it a go for this cushion and used this blog for instructions.  I’m sort of happy with how the corners turned out, but I’m going to practice a bit more before I try my hand at the next one.

The back of the cushion features an embroidered personal message and the birthday – we did the handwriting in a messier type, as all 3 ladies are teachers so it ties in with young kids handwriting :)

Awhile ago I posted about Spoonflower and custom fabric for having had tags made to sign my work. I’ve been really slack with adding these, as a large part of me felt like I shouldn’t for custom orders. After speaking to a few people though, I’ve realised that I should sign my work in some way – a lot of time and effort goes into these pieces! So I stitched my tag into the binding of this cushion, and I’m happy to say it’s discreet. I stitched it into the bottom, so you can’t really see it unless the cushion is sitting on it’s front. It likely won’t get seen much, but I feel a lot better having my tag on my work.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out! :)

 

Kayla Itsines // BBG Round 2, Weeks 9-12

So I have officially completed 2 round of Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1.0 as of yesterday, and let me tell you, it feels pretty darn good!

I forgot that Weeks 9 to 12 starts to focus on particular body areas for each resistance, which was both awesome and SO hard!

Weeks 10 / 12 arms which is known for being one of the most challenging resistances throughout BBG 1.0 was honestly not any easier the second time round. I officially detest spider push ups haha!

I placed particular emphasis on my form over speed this round, and I can definitely tell it has made a huge difference. Ensuring that I engaged my core, contracted my abs, pushes through my heels has done the world of good for both my progress, and my pain after workouts. I’ve noticed this most in the ab worksouts – during my first round I would quite often get a lower sore back whilst doing the exercises. I think I was rushing, trying to get through the reps (partially because they hurt so bad!). This round, I slowed right down and made sure I was engaging my core before I started. If I felt my form going, I was take a few breaths and almost ‘reset’ to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly.

The #bbgvideo on Instagram opened my eyes to the fact I’ve been doing straight leg and bent leg jackknives wrong this whole time! In my first round and the first 9 weeks of this round, I would almost balance on my bottom whilst doing each of the jackknives. I happened to stumble across a video which explained how to correctly do the exercises, and it showed that your back should stay on the ground the whole time – I tried it during my next workout and wowee, what a difference it made!

If you’re just starting out and you’re on Instagram, I would highly recommend checking out that hash tag. Seeing other people do it is so helpful, especially when you’re first starting out. I’ve taken to videoing my form and posting them on Instagram if you’re interested in checking them out – I find videoing my own form to be really helpful, as it means I can see exactly how low (or not low hehe) that I get for my exercises.

I’ve started BBG 2.0 as of today, and can’t wait to get stuck into these new exercises! There’s an emphasis on weights in this guide, which I’m really looking forward to!

This is my progress from Week 1 to Week 24.

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

It might not seem all that different to some people, but to me there’s changes that go deeper than just physical changes. I’ve mentioned in all of my other posts, but I truly mean every word I say – the changes and progress from BBG go faaaar beyond physical; the mental changes that have happened to me over the last 24 weeks are just amazing, and I will forever be happy that I started BBG.

You can check out my other posts about BBG by clicking the link in the side bar >>>>>>>>>.

 Erin1