I have been making these superhero capes for about 2 years now. I’m not sure how I got started making them, but through word of mouth I’ve made more than I can begin to imagine. They were one of the first things I listed in my etsy shop and I’ve had a fairly steady current of orders over the years.
I have also had a fair amount of people ask to make large sets of them for party favors. To be honest, these are 100% cotton and machine sewn capes. It takes about 30-45 minutes to put one together from start to finish and so sets are not cheap…but worth it!! Then a few weeks ago a potential client was asking me about putting a set together and later told me that she had decided to put together a DIY sort of craft at her party instead. My mind started rolling and I thought…I can offer something like that on etsy!
Enter these DIY cape kits, I went to the fabric store and bought enough fabric to make a set of five and got to work. I quickly took some pictures, listed it on etsy and within twenty-four hours had orders for 35 capes and inquiries about at least 2-3 more sets.
I. was. blown. away.
This has been a crazy good and hard business lesson for me. I had no idea the response would be so great and by this weekend I had to pull all my listings off etsy just to play catch up and not kill my hand. The hardest thing about it all has been pricing. It is terribly hard to be honest and price your labor and materials well. I’ve had to tweak my pricing after my initial listings and that has been so hard! But, I’m learning in this world of business I can’t please everyone. I can’t make everyone happy and I can’t use my pricing and listings to make people “like” me.
But what I can do is be honest and deliver service and a product that is handmade and put together with love and prayer for each recipient.
And if you choose to buy from daisyeyes handmade…that is what you get.
**a note about these kits: as of today I am playing catch up and restocking supplies. I hope to get the listings back up on etsy by the end of the week. Want to know when they are restocked? Like my facebook page to stay up to date**