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Crafters take note – Less than 150 days until Christmas!

Crafters take note! With less than 150 days until Christmas, now is the time to be considering what purchases you will be making for the upcoming holiday season. This Christmas season will be the first for our Easy Collection. The Easy Collection consists of high quality fabrics and colors that are available in different styles for the entire family.

It’s also time to consider warmer clothes as fall and winter will be here before you know it. We have Long Sleeves and Hoodies available for Babies, Toddlers, Juniors, Men, and Women.

Many of our customers use our garments to make special presents for the holiday season, we suggest the following to make sure you have plenty of time to complete your projects:

Target A Finish Date of December 1st – Remember while Christmas doesn’t arrive until Dec.25, most families meet on the weekends prior to Christmas. Also if you are mailing something to a loved one, you want to make sure it gets there in plenty of time.

Order your garments as soon as possible – This makes sure they fit and arrive undamaged. This allows us plenty of times to take care of any mistakes that occur due to shipping or due to our warehouse. It also makes sure that the styles and colors of your choice are in stock.

Order all of your garments at once – Instead of doing a few small orders, do a large one to take advantage of free shipping on $50 orders.

 

Also don’t forget to post pictures of your creations on our Facebook page!

 

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The Easy Collection

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Rock Bottom T-Shirts is proud to present our new Easy Collection. Our Easy Collection gives your entire family Super Soft T-Shirts. The Collection comes in 38 sizes from Infants to Adults, 38 colors and 9 styles. All made with the same fabric and colors that can be matched and coordinated for many different functions. The collection is 100% combed ringspun cotton and comes with the EasyTear label.

This collection is perfect for family reunions, family vacations, or just every day casual wear. If you are a new customer to the Rock Bottom T-Shirts, you can use the NEWFIVE coupon to save $5. Also sign up for the Rock Bottom E-mail Newsletter to be notified of new sales and coupons as they come available.

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A few Christmas Crafting Ideas

Ready for a few Christmas ideas for crafting T-Shirts? Here are a few ideas we found while scurrying around the internet:

A Christmas Tree Shirt that can be made using a baby body suit or t-shirt.

http://occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com/2010/12/ribbon-christmas-tree-shirt.html 

A different version of a Ribbon Christmas Tree shirt:

http://paigeandbrooke.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-tree-shirt.html

And yet another Christmas Tree version:

http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2010/12/20-minute-crafter-christmas-t-shirt.html

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Holiday Shopping on a Budget

Our Top 20 Styles are currently 20% off. Also, free economy shipping to the Continental United States with a $50.00 order.

 

The countdown to Christmas is on and with that comes the annual Holiday Shopping Season. Below are some tips that allow you to shop responsibly for this year:

 

  • Before starting your shopping, set a budget and stick to it! Determine how much you are going to spend and write it down on paper.
  • Make a list of everyone you would like to give a gift, don’t forget Christmas parties at work, and folks you see or do business with regularly.
  • Determine how much you are going to spend on each person before you start. This will make sure that you do not over spend.
  • Don’t forget about gifts of service. Does your pastor and spouse have kids? Tell him that for Christmas you’d like to babysit them so that he and his wife can have a night together.
  • Don’t forget gifts you can make. If you decided to make some gifts, determine which people will be getting those gifts and when you will be seeing them. If your office party is at the beginning of December, start scheduling when you are going to bake, create, or design now. Remember, most of us are very busy the week of Thanksgiving, so that week may be very unproductive.
  • Do not buy yourself a gift. I’m guilty of it, and so is 70% of Americans. If you want something for yourself, wait until after the holidays.
  • Do not “religiousize” your gift giving. Many of us sometimes get caught up in the mistaken belief that excess gift giving will bring us more in tune with the faith we are living. However, most faiths preach discipline, and ensuring your own financial security instead of overspending.
  • Don’t forget about handwritten thank you notes to those that you just can’t work into your budget.
  • If ordering online, pay attention to limits to obtain Free Shipping. (At Rock Bottom T-Shirts, we offer Free Economy Shipping to the Continental United States with a $50 order)

We encourage you to stay tuned to our Facebook page for special deals and offers between now and Christmas.

What tricks or tips do you have for the Holiday Shopping Season?

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Boutique Clothing Craft Series- A Stitch Upon A Star

Rock Bottom T-Shirts would like to welcome a new small business owner to the Rock Bottom T-Shirts Boutique Clothing Craft Series where we recognize the accomplishments of small businesses in the clothing craft industry.Today we are talking to Annie Hulsey of A Stitch Upon A Star.

Founder Name: Annie Hulsey

Years in Business: 1 year

Product Description: Custom children’s tees with hand-stitched appliques for birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday

Website URL: http://astitchuponastar.etsy.com/ and Facebook

Contact Information: astitchuponastar@gmail.com

How did you get started in the clothing craft business?  I have a passion for Disney vacation planning and party planning. Just after my second son was born, I was researching for our next Disney trip and came across a few cute tee shirts and outfits for girls. Having two boys, I’ve always found it frustrating that there’s such a limited selection of boutique clothing for boys, and it was no different when I began to search for some Disney trip outfits. So, I decided to start making my own.

It is very hard to find those “specialty” outfits for boys, it seems so easy to dress up a little girl. 

Where do you find the inspiration to come up with these embellishments?  My shirts are mostly inspired by my boys and classic Disney characters and colors. I also get many ideas from clients who want a custom design for a birthday party or who want to customize a shirt that I’ve already designed to fit their child’s taste or interests.

How long does it take, on average, for you to complete a typical project? The shirts that are already designed typically take 1.5 to 3 hours to assemble and stitch. A new shirt design may take an hour or two more to create in my computer program.

That is a fast turn around! I am sure that you customers love that about you!

How do you manage to stand out from the competition? Before opening my shop, I tried to find something that I knew would be fairly popular (birthday and vacation shirts), but also to do something a bit different from the typical embroidery machine applique, since there are so many shops offering that now. I also do my best to provide excellent communication and customer service with each order.

Having good communication with you customers is key to having a thriving business.

Are there any “milestone moments” that you’d like to share with us? I haven’t had a major milestone moment yet! I have stayed steadily busy since opening, which feels like a great first year success.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for your business-so far? The biggest challenge is the unpredictability and time management since I am a stay-at-home mom with two active boys. I’ve had a week where I had 28 shirt orders and a week where I didn’t have any, so sometimes it’s a challenge to balance everything not knowing how much time I will need to devote to creating shirts.

I bet it is hard trying to chase the boys around and work on the business at the same time, it’s like working at two different jobs at the same time!

What’s the one piece of advice that you would give to anyone considering taking the plunge and starting their own clothing craft business? Do your research before beginning. Find something that you can offer that is unique, then practice, practice, practice before selling anything to a customer.

That is some really great advice. People need to fully understand what it will take to make such a huge commitment.

We would like to thank you, Annie with A Stitch Upon a Star, for taking the time out of your day to answer a few of our questions! I am sure that you answered a lot for others as well.

If you know someone that you think should be featured in Rock Bottom T-shirts Boutique Clothing Craft Series, please let us know on our Facebook page!

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DIY Fun Halloween Costumes

We know everyone is on a budget these days and the last thing you want to do is spend money on a costume that your kids are only going to wear once. So we have found a couple of solutions for you!

Add Some Color!

Our first idea is perfect for multiples going to a party or trick or treating together. They could all dress up as crayons! This costume is inexpensive and easy to do!

To start with all you need are solid long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts and matching colored pants. In the how-to instructions it says to use adhesive-backed felt but you could use regular felt and use either iron on hem tape or fabric glue if adhesive-backed felt is too expensive. A few more things you need are scissors, a ruler, and party hats for the tip of the crayon. Here is the link on how to make these fun yet easy costumes: Colorful Crayon Costume

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s.. SUPER BABY!!! 

All you need is a layette or a baby bodysuit, some felt, a small piece of fabric and some Velcro™. You can make this one faster than a speeding train! Here is the link on how to make this adorable flying baby! Super Baby Costume

If you have any other ideas or if you choose to make one of these costumes, please share with us on our Facebook page! We look forward to seeing what you came up with!

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Make A Purse for Every Outfit

You know girls. They want a purse to match every outfit. We found great ideas on how to make them out of t-shirts and a few other supplies. You can use recycled tees from thrift stores or even your own closet. You can make them fun and funky or prim and conservative, to match your own style. Continue reading

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