If you could make money sewing on a sewing machine, what items would you sew?
I did this many years ago and had great success with making pot holders and matching small appliance covers. They are very easy to sew. They are money savers too in that you can use squares of an old blanket to pad the pot holders. Also make placemats and hot pads. Appliance handle covers can be easily made too, such as a simple wrap for the oven or refrigerator handle. with small pieces of velcro to hold them
Some people like certain animal motifs such as cows or roosters. Others prefer a solid color that matches their kitchen or the old fashioned gingham squares.
I currently do this, sewing costume accessories: tails/ears, Victorian-style wrist cuffs, occasional hats, stuff like that. Doesn't make a huge amount of money, but it's nice for a little extra income.
That's the key; making extra money sewing items is a good hobby to have. Plus learning to market the sewed items will certainly help. There's eBay, free websites, word of mouth, garage sales, etc., this will assist with marketing.
Agreed. I'm mostly selling on Etsy now, but I'm running through a couple other sites as well.
This isn't necessarily a money maker, but my favorite item to sew is fabric gift bags. I use them instead of wrapping paper for any and all gift-giving occasions. They make part of the gift and can be reused over and over. (No one who receives a gift wrapped on one of these bags ever wants to return the bag!)
I even give my friends and relatives the bags themselves as gifts, and they love them. It's fun to make gift bags in holiday fabrics or use up fabrics from your stash. I make lined bags that use two coordinating fabrics. This is a great stashbuster for sewers or quilters who have too much fabric.
I would sew items that are not too time consuming such as cute or sexy aprons, bibs for babies, also bibs for adults...good for messy eaters when eating bbq ribs or crab legs. Also tote bags would be good, they seem very popular for shopping these days.
My soon to be mother-in-law does a ton of sewing, knitting and crocheting. She sells much of her crafts at craft sales as well. I did notice she sells a ton of basic dish towels with patterns. Pretty amazing for such a simple thing lol!
Currently I am making bathrobes for my grand kids and for the men in my family with those few extra pounds. My Nephew is willing to pay $75 for my labor and he will supply the fabric.
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