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How to Make Money by Making and Selling Quilts

Updated on May 5, 2011

Making Money

Okay, it is not news that some quilts are worth a lot of money. I've seen quilts that can go for thousands of dollars at auction. It would be wonderful to make that kind of money with just one quilt, but lets be realistic. The odds of making a quilt that's worth that kind of money is 1 in a million. But I do believe that it is realistic to think a good quilt could be sold for $50 - $200 dollars or more, depending on the quality, size, intricate patterns and interest in the quilt.


My Latest Quilt

Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch boy and girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch Boy and Girl "Pink Paisley"
Dutch Boy and Girl "Pink Paisley"

Where to Make Money Making Quilts

That's the beauty of quilts. People all over our great country love quilts. I think it is because it's our heritage. This country was founded by settlers, who made quilts, and all through our history women have been making quilts to keep their families warm. They also found a way to add their own style to the quilts. Because of Americans love of quilts, figuring out where to sell our quilts can be pretty easy.

One of the best places to reach the most people and potential buyers is on Ebay. Since Ebay is an online auction site that reaches across our country and beyond it is a great place to start. A quick search on Ebay will show hundreds of quilts of many different styles and skill levels. This is also a good place to figure out what you should charge for your quilt based upon what others are selling for.

Another great site is Etsy is a site that devotes itself to handmade or vintage items as well as art and supplies. There you can create your own store and sell as much as you want. There are many other sites for selling handmade items as well, a quick search online for "selling crafts online", will produce a list of many sites devoted to selling handmade crafts online.

For a more traditional way of selling quilts, there are Art and Craft Fairs that always welcome new vendors to display their wares. Flea Markets are also a great place to spend a weekend selling your quilts. If you have several quilts saved up, setting up a table or small booth is all you need to showcase your quilts. Some towns have flea markets open seven days a week. Many of them will allow you, for a monthly fee, to set up a booth and will sell your quilts even when you are not there.

Small specialty shops can be a great place to make money on your quilts. Such as maternity shops or children's shops. They will many times agree to sell baby quilts or juvenile quilts and will take a small percent of the profit.

Consignment shops are also a good place to sell quilts. Especially if you can make quilts that appeal to their clientele. Which is where you have to be discerning about what kind of quilts you make. For instance, a quilt with a hunting theme may not work in a mother and baby consignment shop but it would work well in a sporting goods type shop or maybe a men's clothing shop.

When considering local shops in your area talk to the shop owner or manager. See if they accept local crafters products and find out how they charge commission.

My favorite although maybe not the most profitable way to make money by making quilts is by word of mouth. If you make great quilts and you get even just one buyer, that buyer will tell friends and family and you will get asked to make more. While this is a great way to make more money per quilt, because you are making a custom piece, it is more time consuming.

So if you can make quilts, it doesn't matter what kind, there is a market for them and there are many ways to make money by making quilts. So make those quilts and get to selling. Don't keep that talent to yourself!


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      Jeni 5 years ago from Vermont

      Quilting is such beautiful work. I want to try my hand at it but never seem to find the time. Maybe this year with the gift card I got I will give it a try. They are such works of art.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Great article. I love to quilt, but get so attached to my pieces, I like to keep them (unless they are made for someone special). It would be nice to make some money doing something I love so much! Voted up!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I would love to sell quilts. The problem is that fabric is expensive, and making a quilt takes a lot of time. By the time you take cost of fabric into account, at $50 - $200, I would wind up making $3 an hour.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Thanks buglady, I love quilts sadly I have little time to make quilts these days but hope to be able to again really soon. Thanks for your comment.

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      bugslady8949 7 years ago from The Bahamas

      I love quilts but I do not know how to make one or sew on that account. you did a great job on this hub keep up the good work.

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Thanks IvoryMelodies for stopping by, yeah quilting is fun and a great way to make extra money. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      IvoryMelodies 7 years ago

      I have been wanting to try quilting and just have not had the courage to jump into it. May just have to take the plunge. Enjoyed your hub!

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Thanks Flightkeeper for the comment. Yeah some quilts are beautiful works of art. I'm glad you have an appreciation for them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

      Quilts are so beautiful. I don't make them but I love looking at quilts and admire people who make them.

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Thanks Celine for the comments. Quilting is a great craft and I love to quilt, I just wish I had more time to do it. I hope you do learn to quilt if you want to it's not near as hard as some people think and its so much fun. And if your artistic you can put your own style into your quilts. Good Luck!

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      celinewayne 7 years ago

      very interesting post!

      great job... you inspire me to learn something new.

      thanks for sharing this =)

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great comment RNMSN yeah I tend to tack a lot of my quilts just because I like that kind. But I like machine quilts too. I too have a lot of denim I am trying to start working on, my husband goes through jeans so fast, and you can only patch them so much you know. Good luck on Etsy it is a great site for crafters.

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I am loving to quilt...every time I finish one hand quilted I say OK that's it its machine from here on but there I go again...ha the seven sisters quilt is in its second year and still being quilted but I work on it a little every night...I did make a lap quilt machine in one afternoon and was amazed! I also have a crazy denim quilt that grows as my jeans shrink! wonderfully crafted info on how to sell your quilts I think I will check out thank you and love to you bb