I need help with my blanket sales.. opinions greatly appreciated!

United States
January 13, 2013 9:09pm CST
I've been making fleece frayed/tied edge blankets. I mostly do custom orders. Rarely do I find a print that I really like to make a blanket for myself. I've found a couple in the past few months, made myself a couple of blankets, then I have a hard time taking the time to make for myself when I could be purchasing fabrics to stock my for sale albums. When I do find a fabric that I think others will like, it sits for quite a while before eventually selling, even then I've had some blankets in my sale album since the beginning. My sale album consists of blankets that have been ordered and not picked up, or blankets where I have found a deal on fabric. I need to push out my current stock in order to make room for new ones, but first I need to figure out what appeals to the people. If you were purchasing a blanket, what prints do you like?
7 responses
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
I personally, i want things simple..so i usually go for plain patterns, usual in block colors, like blue, black,white, pink.. sometimes i choose with stripes designs.. i do not like ones with bold prints, its too heavy for my eyes lol.
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• United States
14 Jan 13
Thank you. This gives me an idea or do some more neutrals or stick to the same colors to appeal to my customers surroundings. I think bold prints should be saved for custom orders, I definitely agree!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jan 13
Kind of can't go wrong with neutrals. THey go with everything. Or you could get your customers fav color and add that to the neutrals.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
yes neutrals go with almost anything and if you use it the right way, it looks classic and elegant too and most of the time i want it thatw ay.
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Jan 13
Personally, because my house has no decorating style of theme, I just like bright and quirky designs which catch my eye and cheer me up. My favourite blanket is a hotchpotch of cats in bright colours. Fabrics which appeal to a particular hobby might work. Cats, dogs, horses ... What fabrics do your custom orders have in common?
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• United States
14 Jan 13
Ahh yes, I love bright colored cat prints too, something I can't find too well. My customers mostly order sports teams, animal prints, which are very customized to what you like. This makes it hard to buy the prints and make them ahead of time. Thanks for your response!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jan 13
I make quilts and plan on putting a few in a consignment shop next month. But my problem is kind of the same...I can't decide on what color/pattern to make. I am a tailored/structured kind of person....wild colors or unusual patterns.. I just dont like them. But I have realized just cause I dont' like them, doesn't mean OTHERS won't like them! I browse through picture gallerys online and on blogs and think, that pattern is nice, but those colors!!!YUCK!!, but have to realize my taste is on the tailored side and many others aren't. So I have find the pattern I like, then the fabrics. And now that I have been trying to come out of my tailord box, I just put together a chevron pattern quilt out of kind of bright, greens, oranges and blues and reds. THey came together in a bundle all matching. I don't like it, but have to say it does look good.
@CatGods (4596)
• United States
14 Jan 13
I would like most any thing cats, celtic, or ancient egyptian. Or even better yet some thing pertaining to the esoteric arts and sciences. Most of the fabric prints I see are crap and not only that but fabric cost way too much even when it's on sale.
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• United States
14 Jan 13
I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. One thing that your response tells me, appeal to users screen names.. Fabric is expensive, so I spend a lot of time finding my customers the lowest price, I don't make too much off of these once it is all said and done, but I love making people happy, so it is a great trade off.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jan 13
enchanted - that is good that you can sell what you make even if it isn't for that much. It could always lead to more! And it gives you something to do you enjoy doing! Plus..add a buck to each blanket and the buyer won't know the diff and you'll see a little more! Fabric is expensive, but I always watch Joann's Fab store...their 50% off coupons...I can't afford to buy for my quilting without the coupons! I set my limit at $6 a yard and with the coupon I can get 2 yards for the price of one, plus, they OFTEN have it 40% off without a coupon. But for a specific fabric, I will go a little higher than the 6...and use the coupon. Have you ever tried to just make up some and do a craft show?
@suzzy3 (8365)
14 Jan 13
What about cartoon characters.Baby blankets with teddy bears.Daisys.flowers,birds and wild animals especially if you used them for cuddle blankets.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jan 13
I make quilts and this is the way I am at least starting now...kid stuff for kids quilts. I figure to, moms would buy a cute kid theme blanket for their little kids before they would buy one for themselves. I am currently working on a Mickey Mouse theme quilt and just finished one with the planets on the back and star constallations on the front in block format...the stars even glow in the dark! It is lap size, perfect for any kid to toss over legs, sit on while playing a game or for a little nap...or to hang on the wall.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
14 Jan 13
I would like one in pink and purple for my granddaughter with an animal or fairy print on it. I have one myself and she gets dibs on it first whenever she comes over.
• United States
14 Jan 13
I saw a pink and white zebra print the other day that I could back in a purple. If you have a facebook, I have a page-- Fleece Blankets by Amber. You're welcome to look on there and get some ideas. If not, reply back or message me and we can work something out. I am so surprised at how much children and pets love these blankets. My favorite right now is a rainbow color scroll print, with flowers, butterflies, hearts, etc. And I backed it in green to match the green on the front. A definite favorite. Thanks so much for your response.
• United States
15 Jan 13
I like small floral prints, cats, and pastel colors. Maybe you could plan ahead for certain occassions, like, in the fall get football themed prints in the various teams, get nursery themed prints for baby gifts, maybe some whimsical prints for college dorms ( moms always like to get little things to be thought of) when kids go off to school. Birthdays for any age. I think sometimes if you offer ideas for some of the prints you have people maybe more interested in the ones your trying to move.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jan 13
Hey enchanted... I am in the same boat... I quilt and am trying to make some to sell..hopefully. I found a shop that accepts consignment so I am making some to see how it goes. I know what you mean about the price...it costs so much to make them that you can't add much profit onto them! And in my case...even more expensive...fabric for the front, the batting in the middle and the backing for a twin size can run (cost to me) $50-$60 and that is if I get everything on sale with coupons! Yet I always see quilts for hundreds of dollars and tho I never know if they sell...that seems to be the going sticker price. I thought to to put them on Craig's list and the Recycler "for sale" places. I have a really hard time finding patterns that I like, and then the colors/prints I like. I am rather tailored and admittedly generic. But have made my goal for this year to get out of my box and make myself try new colors and patterns. Just cause I dont' like it, doesn't mean other won't. So I am working on it. I know the blanket style you are talking about...you might check Joann's fabric store if one is near you...they often have the set of the two blankets together and they are marked half price. For pattern ideas...like someone here said...pets. Make one with generic pets, cats or dogs and then pull a color out of the pattern side (with the animal on it) and use that for the other side of the blanket. Baby theme is always good...there are always babies to buy for. And cartoon or character theme ones.. I am working on a Mickey Mouse one right now. But I know in your case the prints are more limited...maybe go with a sports logo theme...the sports logo on one side and a matching color on the other or the team/schools' colors on each side. HOw about holiday themed ones? That way, if they dont' sell this year, package them up good and have them ready for next year! Do you sell just by word of mouth or do you do craft shows? I am thinking that if I have enough near the end of the year, I might find a craft show someplace and try to sell. Keep us posted, I'd love to hear how you figure this out and what you plan to do!