No Sew Doll Tutu Tutorial

Quick and easy no sew tutu method I use to turn my crochet doll into  a ballerina or princess. If you are interested in the crochet doll pattern you can find it here.

Supplies Needed:

  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard, CD/DVD case, book (anything to wrap tulle around that will give you desired length)

supplies for no sew tutu

Step 1:

Wrap tulle around item that will give you desired length, I use an old piece of cardboard that gives me strips that are about 9 1/2″ long unfolded. If you want you tutu to be longer you can use the cardboard length wise or use a book. The size I use works well for my crochet dolls.

Step 2:

Cut tulle along one side, you will now have several strips that you can use for tutu. (Note that the tulle I am using is a smaller spool if you are using one of the larger spools of tulle you can simply wrap length wise to get the same effect.

Step 3:

Measure ribbon around doll’s waist and tie in neat snug bow. You want the ribbon to be snug around dolls waist but not super tight.

Step 4:

Fold tulle in half and insert under ribbon

Step 5:

Pull ends through hole at top of tulle and pull tightly forming a knot around ribbon

Step 6:

Continue knotting tulle around ribbon until it is at your desired fullness. I normally keep going until I can’t move the tulle along the ribbon.

That’s it, quick and easy no sew doll tutu. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. If you need the pattern for the doll you can find it here.

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Etsy vs Craftsy: Digital Pattern Sales

etsy vs craftsy for selling patterns
Etsy or Craftsy where should you be selling your digital patterns that is the question…
I released my very first pattern in August of 2012. It was for my signature item the Crochet Infinity Scarf  which can be found here, just in case you are interested in hooking up this beauty yourself. At the time I was selling finished items via my Etsy shop Don’t Get it Twisted Crochet so it just seemed logical that I would make the pattern available via my Etsy shop, to date it is one of the best business decisions I have made. Not only was the pattern a huge success but it increased my sales for finished products as well.
 I was introduced to Craftsy via an online crochet class  (yes Craftsy offers classes I will have to do another post on that) I loved the class and how interactive things were but I really didn’t explore Craftsy beyond the class aspect. One day I was searching for a pattern via Google and I kept being redirected to Craftsy I did a little research and discovered that I could in fact sell my patterns on Craftsy so I listed the scarf there as well and the response was about the same as on Etsy. So another win for me.
Crochet Infinity Scarf on Craftsy
Etsy vs Craftsy:

What I Love About Selling On Craftsy:

  • Craftsy does not charge any fees to list patterns on their site the only fees you pay are Paypal fees.
  • Craftsy  offers automatic downloads, when you purchase a pattern you will receive a link that will allow you to download the pattern in PDF format. The pattern is also available in your library on Craftsy.
  • If you make any updates you can just upload a new file and it will send the updated file to all buyers of the pattern.
  • Buyers can leave comments and pictures of projects they have made from your pattern

What Could Be Better with Craftsy:

  • Craftsy only accepts Paypal, this is probably the reason that they don’t charge fees to the seller but you if your customer does not use Paypal then you lose the sale.
  • Craftsy does not get as much traffic, I love the Craftsy platform and actually visit several times a week if not daily but I am still surprised of the number of people who don’t know about the platform.

What I Love About Selling On Etsy:

  • Well it’s Etsy you know the handmade Marketplace. Traffic will always be the thing that Etsy has over other platforms
  • Like Craftsy Etsy also offers automatic downloads as well as automatic updates if the seller updates the files.
  • Etsy accepts all forms of payment including Paypal
  • You can sell finished items on Etsy, so someone who may have found my shop via the pattern but doesn’t necessarily want to make the item can order the finished product via my shop.

What Could Be Better With Etsy:

  • Etsy fees, Etsy charges $0.20 per listing as well as a transaction fee for using the Etsy Payment Processor, it doesn’t seem like much at first but it can definitely add up.

So which platform should you sell your digital patterns on?

Both! I currently have 4 patterns available you can see them all here, I usually direct my traffic to Craftsy but actually get more sales on Etsy. It doesn’t hurt anything to sell on both platforms I mean a sale is a sale whether it came via Etsy or Craftsy.

Do you sell patterns on either platform? Which do you like best let me know in the comments below.

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Summer Crochet Trends You Will Love

Summer, Summer, Summer Time…

Time for backyard cookouts, pool parties, and long walks on the beach, but if you are anything like me and everyday is a good day to crochet you are probably wondering where does my hook and yarn fit into all this summertime fun. No worries I got you covered with Summer crochet trends you will love and won’t have you covered in yarn.

summer crochet trends 2017

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Five Things I Wish I Knew About My Cricut Expression

You  may be wondering why I am doing a post on the Cricut Expression when the new Cricut Explore Air 2 is all the rage right now. Well here’s the thing one of my good online friends purchased the new Cricut Explore Air 2 and was kind enough to gift me her Cricut Expression.  I was super excited mainly because I wanted to be able to customize doll clothes for My Pretty Brown Doll so it was beyond awesome that she would gift me her used machine. She made it clear to me prior to sending that unlike the new model which uses online software to create designs this particular model is a stand alone machine that uses cartridges to create the designs. With that information in mind I set the machine up and was ready to create but here are

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