Thursday, May 23, 2019

How to open an Etsy shop

If you have a passion for craft, take into consideration to sell your items. Maybe somebody in the world needs your products. Or your handmade items are so beautiful that they have to be recognized and appreciated by someone else. Did you know that sometimes a handmade item can be an object that brings joy, and calm, and happiness? For example, I like to read beautiful quotes and see green plants in funny pots. Let's start with a shop, an Etsy shop, because you can sell your handmade creations in the whole world. Comparing to other selling platform, Etsy has integrated SEO and attract traffic to your store.
I am a seller too, so all the below ideas are from my learning and struggle and I hope they will be useful for you too.

How to open an Etsy shop


Open an Etsy shop step by step

  1. Choose a name for your business. Search online to see if the name already exist. Choose a name that represents your business. 
  2. Start to open your Etsy shop from my link HERE to receive 40 free listing. After you use these listing, every new list will be $0.20. 
  3. Read HERE about fees and taxes on Etsy. 
  4. Follow the steps to set up your payment account and options. 
  5. In your Dashboard, on the left side, in Settings, you have the option Shipping settings. Many shipping providers have websites and you can calculate the price for shipping your items in different countries. 
  6. List an item. Be ready to upload 10 beautiful pictures for your item. Take the pictures on white background, in daylight. Keep them simple. 
  7. Put a title for your item. Use a combination of 3, 4, 5 words that describe your item, for example: Crochet frog toy, Red Flower Earrings, Silk Wedding Dress, Kids Birthday Card. 
  8. Write a beautiful and complete description of your item: what is it, for who, write about the colors and materials, size, how to use it, how to wash it if it is necessary. 
  9. Put some tags. You have 13 tags to use. These tags will help your item to be discovered by shoppers on Etsy or Google. If your item is a pair of earrings, put tags according to their descriptions. Use combination of 2 and 3 words, for example: red earrings, long earrings, red flower earrings, and so on. 
  10. Fill the space for categories, size, quantity, materials you used. Put a price. 
  11. Choose a shipping option. 
  12. Save. You list your first item. 

How to manage your Etsy shop

  • Take it slowly. If you don't have experience selling online, don't despair! You will learn, by yourself, from others, online, how to manage your shop. Search online for everything want to know, using key words to find out something: how to put tags on Etsy, how to promote my shop, titles on Etsy, how to sell online and so on. Also, on YouTube you will find many other sellers that talk about from their experience. 
  • First, read the articles that Etsy writes for everything that you need to know. The Seller Handbook HERE contains many useful information about how to write titles or descriptions, how to use tags, how to take pictures. 
  • Join in the teams and communities on Etsy. In your Dashboard, on the left side, you have the option Community and Help. You can post your questions and get the answers from people that already know many details. 
  • Take a look at others shops that sell similar items. Look at their pictures, descriptions and tags. 
  • Take into consideration to promote your shop. You can have a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account,an Instagram account and a Pinterest account, all based and related to your work. 
  • Be part of social media communities. Join in some networking teams, make friends. 
  • Work everyday at your shop. List a new item everyday if you have the quantity. 
  • Sign in for an account on Etsy Rank. This will help you how to find right tags, and you can monitorize your shop.  
  • Be patient and confident. The sales will come. 
These are basic ideas for opening an Etsy shop. If you have any questions, leave a comment, I can help you. I am a handmade seller and I have learnt by myself everything about Esty and selling online. It was a struggle for me too. I don't know everything, but I try to say connected and informed because online platforms are continually changing. Recently, due to some technical problems, I had to close my shop and to open a new one, so I start it again with this work. 

You can find me here and if you give me a Like or Follow, it will help me a lot and I thank you in advance: 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Teddy Bear Pattern, Sew by Hand a Bear

I know the struggle for finding an easy pattern to make a toy. Many years ago I had the same issue: every pattern that I found requires to use a sewing machine or it was a complicate pattern to follow. I made this pattern for sewing a bear for my daughter. She loves teddies. She is 12 years old now, but she still have bears. And I made this bear not just for her, but for her friends too and she gave the teddies as Christmas presents. No matter how big you are, if you are a child or an adult, a Teddy Bear will make you smile.


How to sew a Teddy Bear 

Easy peasy! If you are a beginner in sewing, this pattern is for you. It is an easy sewing tutoarial, with pictures and explanation. Just print the pattern, cut all the pieces, then sew by hand all together. I used fleece because it is easy to sew, it is soft and cuddly, but you can use the fabric you want. If you enlarge the pattern, you can make a big pillow. 




You can find my pattern HERE. And if you have any question, just leave a message or a comment. 

Ema 


 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Green Crochet Frog

Green, green crochet frog in the green, green grass. Cute little frog as a toy. I love this crochet pattern. I love this toy. It is so cheerful. I made the frog following the pattern from Lillellis

Crochet frog

Activities with a crochet frog

  1. For me, as a teacher, this frog will be very helpful for telling stories. 
  2. It can be a puppet at the theater. 
  3. Describe the frog using many adjectives.
  4. Make a long sentence about the frog. 
  5. What do you know about frogs? 
  6. It is a helper for counting or writing. 
  7. The frog is the best bedtime toy for telling a fairy tale. How about The Princess and The Frog?
  8. Take it with you when you visit a doctor. Or in a trip by car or by plane. 
  9. It can be a great present for a little kid. 


Crochet frog

I like the pictures that I made in the park. It is a great background for my crochet frog. 

Crochet frog

If you want a crochet frog toy like this, find me here, send me a message and I will crochet a frog just for you. 

Crochet frog

Ema 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Crochet pig for Three little pigs story

They are cute toys: Three little pigs. I like to tell stories using them as puppets. For this crochet pig toy I used a pattern from Lilleliis. She has wonderful free and paid crochet patterns.

crochet pig

Crochet pig as an educational toy


These crochet pigs can be used in many activities. It is very well known that children are more responsive and willing to do something if a toy is involved. You can use them to tell stories or to invent stories. 

crochet pig

One crochet pig can stay besides the kids while they are eating, or doing some homework. 

crochet pig

Because they are small pigs, they can be carry in a normal bag. 

crochet pig

If you want to have your own crochet pigs, buy them from my Etsy Shop Here. 

Ema

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Crochet wolf - a cute crochet toy

I made this crochet wolf to be part in my set of three little pigs. I like to use them to tell stories to my kids.

crochet wolf

The crochet wolf is the size of a palm. It is made with cotton yarn. 

crochet wolf


Crochet wolf toy 

I like that my crochet wolf is not a scary one. I think its red little tongue is a cute detail. 

crochet wolf

I made a purple scarf for this crochet wolf, but I think other colors will be great too: yellow or blue for example. 

crochet wolf

If you want a crochet wolf toy, order one in my Etsy Shop Here

Ema 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Llama Banner - a personalized felt garland with letters

I like to make personalized things. People want to have something unique, made specially for them. And this is the part that I like: my items are unique and it is a refreshing thought. A custom one is this llama banner. It is made with colors to match to room furniture.

llama banner


Llama, llama banner, no probllama 


Llamas become so popular! They are cute with their friendly and childish faces. I made my own design pattern for these llama. 

llama banner

The letters for this llama banner have almost 12 cm in height and they have anti bacterial toy filling inside. 

llama banner

It is a versatile banner. It can be a decoration in a room, in a nursery. But also it can be a banner for a baby shower party or for a birthday party. 

llama banner

llama banner

Llama, llama! You can order your llama banner in my Etsy Shop Here.

Ema 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dragon Banner for a Boy

This is a personalized dragon banner made for a little boy. It has two green dragons at the ends.

Dragon banner

Dragon banner in a room or at your party


The banner is made from colorful felt. The dragons and the letters have anti bacterial poly filling inside. 

Dragon banner

The dragons hide the ribbon that helps you to hang on the banner on the wall.

Dragon banner

You can use the dragon banner as a boy room decor, in your nursery, or at your baby shower party. 

Dragon banner

If you want to order your dragon banner, visit my Etsy Shop Here

If you want to make your own dragon banner, grab my Pattern Here

Ema

How to open an Etsy shop

If you have a passion for craft, take into consideration to sell your items. Maybe somebody in the world needs your products. Or your handm...