Wednesday, April 27, 2011

my Makeup Roll

Many of my favorite projects are born out of a personal "need" or desire. This is one of them!

Make up Rolls for Home & Travel


Over a year ago I designed a padded makeup roll that holds my everyday makeup in one organized bundle.  No more digging through a plastic cosmetic bag or taking one piece at a time from the drawer.  So tedious!  It's such a little thing, but it makes "makeup mornings" that much more pleasant.  Oh, and when it's time for a trip, it's all ready to go with protective padding built in.  I seriously adore using mine!

Good Fortune for Mama


By request, I made a second makeup roll for my mom last mother's day.

Makeup Roll for my Mother-in-Law

Since then I've made a few more, including this one that I stitched up for my mother-in-law's birthday.  Each time was an opportunity to improve the design.  And since many of my friends have hinted that they'd like one, I figured it was worth my time to make this into a full and customizable pattern.  To me the appeal is all the fun of pretty patchwork combined with its practical purpose.  I can't resist neat and tidy and organized.

all things neat & tidy


a new Pattern =)



After our little confession experiment, I realize that some find pattern-selling obnoxious.  I thought this might be a good time for me to once again make clear - I am trying to earn money through my sewing and through this blog.  I enjoy teaching what little I know through free tutorials and quilt-alongs, which I fully intend to keep up.  But, I also will offer some of my work for sale in the form of patterns like this one.  As I explained here, I'm on a mission this year to see if I can build up some sort of business with Stitched in Color to augment our soon-to-be-reduced income so that I can homeschool my littles rather than go out and get a new away-from-home job.  Of course, I so appreciate you're here, whether or not you're interested in buying patterns!  Really.  Thanks for reading Stitched in Color!

I put a lot of work into this pattern, so that there are a total of 12 pocket options with step-by-step pictures and directions to hold your hand along the way.  The pdf pattern amounts to 13 pages and is available for immediate delivery through the Stitched in Color Shop.  With a fat quarter and some fabric scraps you can whip up this half-day project to create a beautiful treat for yourself, your mama or someone else you love.

Click here to buy my Makeup Roll pattern.  As always, I'd love to see anything you create inspired by my patterns or tutorials at our Flickr group.

And thanks for stitching with me!

44 comments:

  1. It's lovely - and your hard work is certainly worth something.

    I'd love to give up my away-from-home job (that, at times, is more than full-time). I would venture to say that many people feel the same way, including those who criticize you. Ha! They're just jealous.

    Good luck with your endeavours. I hope you're able to make a living off your patterns and blog!

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  2. Lucky me to have paypal money just sitting there waiting to be spent!! These will make perfect gifts for my daughters and sisters... I just ordered!!

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  3. OK...that was FAST!! I no sooner had paid through paypal and my pattern was sitting in my inbox waiting to be printed..(which it is doing right now!) Now do I finish the laundry? Or stitch a bag? lol

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  4. Thanks, Rachel. I really appreciate you saying so about my work and I agree that many of us are in the same boat!

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  5. Hooray! I was just lamenting the state of my makeup drawer and thinking I need a brush roll or something, but this is better than anything i had thought of. Off to purchase & make pronto. Congrats on a great, usable item!!! All that AMH doesn't hurt, either!

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  6. Never apologize for selling a pattern. A lot of work goes into these designs. And this organizer is a great idea.

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  7. THese are beautiful. I especially like the top one with the Good Folks fabrics. I will definitely be buying the pattern!

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  8. What a lovely and useful design! I've already purchased, and hope that with all the tools at hand I might "spruce up" a bit more often. I've gotten very lazy about makeup since moving from the big city (NY) to small-town Hawaii.

    I don't understand why people complain about a designer making patterns for sale. If you like someone's work/blog, what's so nasty about supporting it with a few dollars? Do those complainers offer to work for their bosses for nothing? Expecting everything on the internet to be free devalues all of our creative efforts.

    I know how to make stuff, and could easily study your pics and design my own makeup roll if I wanted to. But I've got other things to do with my time, and am delighted both that you've made this pattern available, and that you value your time and creativity enough to charge for it.

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  9. I think selling patterns is great when you have done something new and different even if it is just a different way to make a makeup roll. Yours qualifies as new and different. People that sell a new pattern that is a log cabin in a new fabric line bug me, but you have contributed to something different besides a fabric print. You have the right to call it your own and sell the heck ou of that pattern.

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  10. What a wonderful pattern! It's going on my list of things to sew! I think it's great that you are offering it for sale. Payubg for patterns doesn't bother me at all. Especially when the creator has a nice balance of free and not free. You deserve to make money off of you ideas!

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  11. I have admired this make-up organizer for a long time! I am so happy to see that you are selling the pattern! I hope you might sell some already made, as well.

    I really want to offer tutorials on my blog since nothing I make comes from a pattern, but my concern has always been that it might not be original or unique or folks might even thing "well, duh?" when they see something that I am sharing that is new to me and helpful, but is not new at all. I have only been sewing for a year and am just not sure if I should brave tutorials or not?

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  12. p.s. : as soon as I get a working printer, I'll be ordering your pattern too!

    :)

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  13. I love being organised too, so much so that I want to make one of these and I don't even wear make-up LOL

    And as for selling your patterns, I see no problem at all, some of us have to make money. I think people are used to finding things for free on the internet and so expect everything to be free. Personally if I go searching for a free pattern and come across ones which cost money, it comes down to how much I want it and if I really want that specific pattern that much then I'll pay for it. The same people who complain about it would probably still buy patterns at craft shows etc, the fact that it's a downloadable PDF doesn't make it any less a sellable pattern!

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  14. I don't find pattern selling obnoxious at all. I feel like if you come up with an original idea, you have every right to sell it. It is silly how some people slightly tweak an old-fashioned pattern, call it new, and try to make money off it--I think that's what bugs people most--but this is something you created for a specific purpose. I love it!

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  15. It's so lovely and you're right to sell your patterns if you can, writing them up is hard work!!

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  16. I appreciate you selling your patterns. And your freebies. Im sorry people are snippy. Its just rude. On a happy note, I have some fabric that this will look lovely in and I just ordered the pattern. <3 xoxo

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  17. Looks like a great project! Good luck in your pattern selling endeavour.

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  18. Rachel, I think your pattern is wonderful. What a great idea! And I think selling patterns or quilts or anything you make is a great idea. If someone is not keen on buying one, then OK, they don't have to. But I would hope that everyone realizes there is enough room out there for all of us. If we (myself included) can be so fortunate as to have someone want to pay us for something that we make, then I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to our family income as well as support my quilting obsession.

    Maureen, please believe in your ability and post a tutorial. You can do it!

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  19. Maureen - I definitely feel that way when I post a tutorial - like some of my readers are bound to know a better way or think it's kind of overly simple for a tut. But the thing is that beginners don't see it that way. That's for sure! So, I say - go for it. The #1 thing people have asked me for are tuts.

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  20. This is lovely, Rachel! Definitely worth paying for. Good luck!

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  21. I love your makeup roll and your blog. You should be making money on your creative designs. They are great. Why not?

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  22. can i just say GORGEOUS!
    and when I can afford it--I WILL BE BUYING IT!!

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  23. it's a beautiful make-up roll, and having made some similar stuff myself, I think you're totally justified in charging for the pattern. If people don't want to pay for it, they can just spend hours coming up with a design of their own! There's a lot of work involved in those patterns. You deserve to be paid for your work if you don't choose to give it away!

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  24. I just read the other comments and had a thought:
    whether I like your blog or not has nothing to do with the selling or purchasing of patterns.
    when you write a blog you put yourself out there for free. no one is making you. if people want to advertise on your blog and pay you for it--who in their right mind would turn that down?
    you have every right.
    if you make a pattern, you have every right to sell that pattern. and you could be the nicest woman on the planet that has given me inspiration galore (which you are and you have...) and that won't make me buy your pattern. I will buy a pattern if I can afford it and want it. No one should feel obligated nor should they feel upset that you choose to sell this pattern.
    what is wrong with making profit off of your own ingenuity?
    nothing.
    and I want to buy your pattern. because I simply WANT it!
    :)

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  25. I think pattern designing and writing is a lot of work and worthy of payment. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just living in the dark ages. And if you copy something that is copyrighted - it is stealing. And that's just not nice.
    I hope your endeavours are very successful and you are able to fulfil your plans for home schooling.

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  26. bevarnold123@comcast.netApril 27, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Hi Rachel, I love your pattern and just purchased it. It will be a perfect gift for so many of my friends. I complained a bit about consumerism the other day and my complaint is about myself and feeling guilty sometimes spending on my hobby. I absolutely respect your talent and don't mind paying for your creative ideas one bit. I love all of you blog ladies because you enhance my life everyday. By the way, I am making your bottled Rainbows Quilt and my husband referred to the blocks as individual works of art. I could not have made these beautiful blocks without your help so Thank You very much! Bev Arnold

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  27. Oh, great idea! It looks like a gift gift for my mom who travels a lot.

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  28. Rachel you have every right to be compensated for your talent!!! If a blogger selling a pattern or having a sponsor bothers the reader, then the reader should just "change the channel". There are many blogs out there and surely they can find one that suits them! I pray you will be able to homeschool your babies if that is your goal. My son is autistic and went to public school until the fifth grade. I had to pull him out because he was being tortured by the other kids. I was able to homeschool him from then on and it was so very fulfilling. All I have to say is "You go girl!!!" and don't feel like you have to justify anything to anyone!!!

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  29. This looks great and the pattern sounds wonderful, I will have a look at it right now! It is immediately apparent to anyone who's ever sewn anything or tried to come up with their own pattern that you put a lot of time, work and thought in this. So I think it is completely justified to sell it. And why shouldn't you. Congrats on a great pattern!! :-)

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  30. Too cute! I can't wait to make mine. I love your fabric combinations too. Once again... Oh and I think we were separated at birth because I'm pretty sure we use the same make up too. lol. I may save this pattern for my quilting retreat soon.

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  31. Are there actually people who think you don't have a right to earn a living doing something you love? Crazy. If I was half as talented as you I'd be selling my ideas left right and centre! Personally, I'll be popping back four pattern to make a special roll for my wedding make up, just as soon as I've got the make up!

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  32. I thought that people were complaining about patterns being sold for really basic quilt patterns, I don't think this qualifies for that Rachal! It's really pretty. I don't have any money right night which is a shame, my makeup will have to stay a mess! I personally don't have an issue with people selling patterns, other than when they sell patterns which aren't theirs and are available for free elsewhere (yep, happened to me on ebay before I found blogland) and when they sell you can't sell the items you make from their pattern.

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  33. I will admit that I do not have enough makeup to justify a makeup organizer, but it would make a great gift for my daughter. There is nothing wrong with making money from your talent. Keep up the good work.

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  34. Loved this pattern!!! Thank you for taking the time to write this up. Don't feel bad for charging for your work. Besides, I've used your Colorbrick tutorial for free!!

    Here is my finished Makeup Roll

    http://thehandmadehomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/04/makeup-roll-and-randoms.html

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  35. Oh super cute and what a great gift!

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  36. Love your blog! I just had to have this pattern. Thanks so much!

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  37. The ladies here also complain about paying for things. I don't get it. If someone puts in the work to create and share something; I'm all for supporting them! I think that is great what you are trying to do. I would do it too if I had what it takes but I know I don't! I'm sorry you have gotten negative comments. I think you are always upbeat, pleasant and fun to read! I haven't ordered yet but will be here shortly! I just love this project and can't wait to make one for myself to start with! I had a complete 'make-over' in Dubai a couple of weeks ago with MAC and need a place to put my brushes and stuff! THANK YOU!!!

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  38. I really like this idea! especially because I have a little case for my brushes and another for my makeup, but this fits all, I really love it!
    I'm a new follower too!!!!

    www.mrssassycrafter.com

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  39. these fabrics are great! especially love the roses on grey... why can i never find ones this cute!?

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