The question most often asked in many of my crochet groups is – What are the best crochet Items to sell at craft fairs? Although it’s hard to know what types of trends are going to come and go with each passing year, one thing is certain. . .there are a few tried and true items that seem to be selling well for people all year long!
I’ve put together a list that seem to do well amongst many of my friends at any time of the year, and have also listed items that they mention tend to do well during different seasons, in hopes that you will have a successful craft show! In addition to ideas, I’ve also linked some patterns below that are free, so that you can get some ideas of things to make. Note: Please read more from the pattern makers regarding what is (or is not) allowed with items you make from their patterns.
Crochet Items to Sell at Craft Fairs
Tulle Dish Scrubbies – Aside from the fact that everyone I know has some form of dish scrubber on display at their sink, people crave these homemade tulle dish scrubbers! I’ve attached the one I typically make for myself below!
Washcloths – Bath and body items tend to do very well at craft fairs because they don’t take the creator much time to make, are lower cost, and can be positioned as valuable gift ideas for customers. Creative packaging can also help sell bath and body crochet items as a set!
Dishcloths – Some of the best crochet items to sell at craft fairs are going to be items for your kitchen. Dishcloths are something that are quick and easy to make, and can be useful to the recipient for many years. In fact, I have customers prefer my cotton Sugar’n’ Cream dishcloths over store bought any day! Here’s a pattern straight from the yarn brand’s website:
Plant Hangers – It seems that this year with more people staying at home, caring for houseplants has grown in popularity. Why not make some gorgeous plant hangers to sell as a home decor item?
Tooth Fairy Pillows – Another creative item that seems to sell really well at craft fairs is a tooth fairy pillow. It’s a great gift idea, and a way to start a long-lasting tradition that the kids can keep and maybe even share with the next generation.
Potholders – Potholders, or Hot Pads, are another kitchen item that almost all households use. These tend to work up quickly, and can be packed with crochet dishcloths to make a great kitchen set!
Scrunchies – Hair Scrunchies are a trendy item right now that are very quick and easy to make. They require little yarn, and offer a great return on investment for your time and material cost. Check out my own pattern for Velvet Hair Scrunchies below!
Headbands – Headbands are another item that go well at craft fairs, because they are often another low-dollar, low-investment item that are easy for people to give as gifts..
Market Bags – I use market bags for a variety of things–bringing in produce from the garden, as reusable bags at the grocery store, or to use as hanging storage for plastic grocery bags that I can reuse.
Coasters – Another great, and quick, crochet home decor item are coasters! People use coasters to protect their tabletops from rings of moisture that come from drinks, and from the heat that comes from hot drinks. Coasters are most often made from cotton yarn, and are a fantastic item to make four of and sell as a set!
Coffee Cozies – Us coffee drinkers enjoy the beverage all year long, so coffee cozies tend to be in style year-round. These go around your drink and protect your hands from the heat that your mug (or travel cup) puts off.
Crochet Items to Sell at Craft Fairs During the Spring or Summer
If you’re preparing for a craft show during the spring/summer seasons, you know that there are certain items that tend to sell better during these months. People are shopping for ways to use crochet items outdoors, with things they eat or drink that are cold, and home decor items that can easily be displayed during the months of April – July.
Can Cozies – People often enjoy cold beverages outside during the summer months when they grill out of host outdoor gatherings. Cans typically come straight from coolers, and are cold and a bit wet. A can cozy is the perfect solution for this!
Freezer Pop Holders – Maybe one of the best (and easiest) crochet items to sell at craft fairs during the summer is freezer pop holders. These keep those plastic packages from slipping out of little hands and ending up on the ground, as well as keep hands from getting super cold!
Water Balloons – A fun new twist on a summer favorite! crochet water balloons are made out of blanket yarn, which acts like a sponge when placed in water. These reusable balloons are a great way to enjoy a fun water balloon fight that provides for easy cleanup. (Just be sure to warn people not to throw them as hard — especially if older teens and adults are playing). 🙂
Cactus Amigurumi in Pots – What a fun way for people to enjoy plants that they don’t have to take care of (not that cacti need much care anyway). These are a cute decor item to display in the summertime! The pattern below features a tall cactus, however there are 3 more of different types on her blog!
Baskets – Everyone loves a great basket! Crochet baskets have amazing texture and are a functional item many can use in their home decor.
Bottle Carriers – Spring and Summer are seasons when many people take advantage of walking outdoors, and when you walk outdoors, you often want to take a water bottle, but holding it is often cumbersome. What better solution than a light-weight water bottle holder that makes carrying your water hands-free?
Ice Cream Cozy – Who has gotten a pint of Halo Top and a spoon, and then immediately had to also nestle it in a potholder, or something, anything, to keep your hands from getting cold? This girl does that ALL THE TIME. These ice cream cozies are genius. Your ice cream loving customers will be all over this idea!
Crochet Items to Sell at Craft Fairs During the Fall or Winter
During the fall and winter, you definitely want to adjust the types of crochet items to sell at craft fairs.. People are thinking about items to keep themselves warm, Christmas gifts, and holiday decorations. I’ve compiled a few ideas for these seasons to get you started.
Crochet Beanies – Crochet hats have become very popular over the past few years. From regular beanies, to hats that allow women with thick hair the ability to display their messy bun or ponytail through the hat.
Crochet Scarf – Crochet scarves are often a hot item when the weather is getting cooler.. The following is a great pattern I’ve found and actually have made for myself using a Caron Cake.
Crochet Pocket Shawl – If you have a lot of lead time, crochet pocket shawls have been in demand over the past few years.. They take a bit more yarn than some of the patterns listed here, but I think they’d be a great seller at your craft fairs during the fall and winter months.
Crochet Stockings – These are great to make up and sell at a Winter market where people are looking for Christmas decor and gifts.
Crochet Pumpkin Pattern – A must have at fall craft fairs. Crochet pumpkins are great for fall and autumn displays and are easy to work up..
Crochet Pillows – When the winter seasons approach, I often change my throw pillows on my couch to something that goes with the rest of my decor. These buffalo plaid farmhouse pillows are always a cute addition to add during the winter months.
Crochet Garlands – Garlands are another popular home decor item in the fall season. Check out this fall garland pattern with acorns and leaves!
Crochet Snowballs – What about a safe, indoor snowball fight? The kids will love these snowballs that don’t melt and can be used for indoor snowball fights!
Pocket Tissue Cozy – As the weather cools down, the sniffles often creep up! These crochet pocket tissue cozies are a great idea to make and sell during the winter craft fairs!
I hope you’ve found a few new ideas for crochet items to sell at craft fairs for the next one you are in! Best of luck to you and your crochet businesses!