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Ever since I opened my Etsy shop, I’ve been combing the Internet for ideas on how to market my shop for free.  I’m not ready to put some cold hard cash into marketing just yet, although this may change in the future.  I think there are plenty of creative ways to promote your shop without shelling out any dough. 

Here’s what I’ve done up to now:

Free business cards and return address labels through Vistaprint

Although this option is not quite free, if you play your cards right, you can get free products and pay only for shipping.  I put my shop’s website address and my contact info on the front.  I did not yet have this blog or my Facebook page when I first ordered these so I write that information on the back.  When I send out an order, I include a few cards for the buyer to share with others.

Facebook and Twitter

I have my blog set up to automatically post my blog entries to both of these social media sites.  I must admit that I don’t often get a chance to update each of these sites individually which is something I’d like to do more often.  I’m still trying to get a hang of the best way to use Facebook to promote my Etsy shop.  There is an Etsy application that you can use on Facebook which displays your new listings.  I’m still trying to figure out Twitter and how to best utilize this tool. 

Re-listing items and adding one new item per week

Back in May, I tried listing one new item per week, and then renewing listings so that I had a new listing everyday.  By using Craftopolis, it makes this task easier and I find that with the updated listing tool on Etsy, it is all that much quicker to list new items. 

My next steps:

  • Try to blog everyday and hold one giveaway per month;
  •  Try a Google Ads through a free promotion I received;
  • Update my Facebook page more regularly;
  • Promote my products on other websites;
  • Visit like-minded sites and leave comments;
  • Tweak my photos;
  • Make more items.

We’ll see how all of that goes.  Hope it’s not too much of a tall order 😉

So what do you to promote your Etsy shop that has worked well with you.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a simple pattern for a baby or toddler headband with a crocheted flower.   If you don’t knit or crochet, you can purchase this headband on my etsy site: www. etsy.com/shop/daisypatchdesigns for $15 US + shipping.

Skills required:

Knitting: Casting on, knitting and purling, casting off

Crocheting: Single crochet, double crochet

Gauge is not really important.  This is a great way to use up leftover yarn.

Headband:

On 4 mm needles, cast on an even number of stitches.  I usually cast on from 6 to 10 stitches, depending on the wideness of the band I want to make.  In the example, I cast on 10 stitches because I am making this for a toddler.

Row 1: K1, P1

Row 2: P1, K1

Repeat these two rows until desired length is acheived.  Depending on I usually stop about 1 inch or so shorter than the circumference of the child’s head.  You are looking for a snug fit.

 

Cast off and sew ends together.  No need to weave in the ends right away, you can use the loose ends to secure the flowers in place.

 

Crocheted flowers:

In this version, I made three different sized flowers that I stitched together.  You could make a large flower and add a button in the middle or make a double flower.

Small flower:

Using a 6.50 mm crochet hook, chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain.

Row 1: Single crochet all 6 stitches.

Rox 2: Double crochet in first stitch after hook 3 times in the same stitch.  Slip stitch in the next stitch and repeat 2 more times ending with a slipstitch.  Draw yarn through loop and break off.  You should have three petals on this flower.

Medium flower:

Do the same as above but with a chain of 8 stitches.  You should have 4 petals.

Large flower:

Do the same as above with a chain of 12 stitches.  You should have 5 petals.

Starting with the large flower, sew the flower where the two ends of the headband were stitched together to hide the seam.  Sew through the middle of the flower, using the yarn in the middle to secure the flower in place. 

Place the medium flower in the large flower and secure in the same way.  Do the same for the small flower.  Weave in any loose ends.

Voilà!  There you are!  A headband fit for a princess:)