Posted in Alzheimer's, Growth, Inventory, Sales, Sourcing

Ready, Set, Execute!

Today, my sister and I went to a couple of stores to pick up patterns for the Alzheimer’s Fidget Apron and Cuff.

I have graph paper and I could make my own pattern, but I would rather adjust a pattern and save some time.  I was really determined this time to make a final choice.  I’ve looked at so many types on Pinterest (1,629 to be exact.)  The most important criteria will not only be ease of use, but also something that is totally different from what I see on Etsy.

There I sat, at JoAnn Fabrics, looking at 5 different brands of pattern books and something caught my eye in the Vintage Section!   Simplicity (8232) has a 1940’s-1960’s vintage pattern selection.  I found the perfect pattern that will need some minor adjustments.  It does not have a defined waist, but does have tie-backs that I will omit.  You place it over the head, with the neck being all one piece.

There is also another apron on the same pattern that is basically 2 different size hearts sewn together in a vertical pattern.  I might be able to use that around Valentine’s Day.  Again, just omit the tie-back.

I have quite a “collection,” (hoard) of material.  However, I did want to get an idea of what type material would be best for both the apron and cuff.  Washability will be primary.  Durability will be as well.

I found some solid blue, Cotton/Polyester Duck material.  It’s a primary color that will be easy to match with materials I already have.  It was on sale,  However, I needed a cheaper outlet; in order to max out my profit and compete with others on Etsy.

The second place is a recycle store where you can find just about anything that people might throw away.  That includes patterns and material.  The best part is that it is so cheap; and, they price it all per pound.  For $10, I was able to find more solid duck material in red, green and brown as well as the thread I would need.

While at JoAnns, I picked up a pattern for adult bibs.  Again, they slip easily over the head.  They are very basic.  Simplicity (2687).  I began brainstorming that I could make the Fidget Apron and the Adult Bib as a color coordinated set.  It wouldn’t take that much time and might escalate the profit margin even more.

Let me know what you think.  Should I just stick with the Fidget Aprons or should I make a color coordinated set with a bib?





Posted in Alzheimer's, Growth, Inventory, Seasons, Time Management


It is another beautiful, fall day in the Midwest.  Our Eastern neighbors are evacuating because of Hurricane Florence.  Our Western neighbors are doing the same for Hurricane Olivia.  I’ve put chili in the crock pot and ready to dig through the “collections” which are scattered throughout my office.  I am trying to avoid using the word “hoard,” but I’m only fooling myself.

I honestly wanted to run out of there and do anything but this daunting task.  I keep remembering that I have a schedule I want to stick with to have my first prototype completed by the end of October.  While that seems like a long ways off, it really isn’t.  I’m seeing Christmas trees to remind me of this.

First, I went back upstairs to the attic thinking I had a few more boxes to go through.  Thankfully I don’t, because today is warmer than yesterday and it is an uncomfortable temperature up there.  I was also trying to ignore the pain in my back and arms from yesterday’s purge.

Back to the office where I sort through the “collection” of material I’ve amassed in the past decade.  I was happy to find more than just holiday material and believe I have enough to make at least 3 prototypes. Remember, it is only a hoard if I have no plans to use it.

My sister brought over some apron patterns to choose from and I’m close to deciding which one and how much material it will take for each.  I want one without ties that will simply go over the top of someone’s head and flatten at the neckline.  It’s important that it be easily removed by the caretaker.

On to the sewing notions I didn’t know I had.  I have enough beads, bias tape, elastic cording, Velcro, D-rings, lace and such that I was able to come up with several ideas on how to piece this together.  My sister and I agreed that I will definitely need lining to stiffen up the material in front, I’ll need to investigate just which product that will prop up all that I plan to attach to the apron.

What does all of this have to do with today’s blog title?  Well, as I sat in the center of my office, I was surrounded with all of these pieces to a puzzle that will be a Fidget Apron.  That feeling of being totally overwhelmed and thoughts of failing started to enter my mind.  Truly I’ve made it so that if I do fail, I’ve lost nothing but my time and a bit of pride.

Then I looked up and had forgotten I had leaned a picture against the wall a few days back.  It simply says “Believe”