How To Make Extra Money Sewing Stuff [or by teaching others]


If you enjoy sewing, and you are looking to make extra income, we have good news for you. Sewing can be a terrific way to make money and it can even be done from the comfort of your own home. 

There are a variety of ways to make money sewing. Read on to find out how you can turn your skill into a lucrative career.

Offer Repair and Alteration Services

A pair of jeans that you love but are a bit too long. A favorite dress that gets a tear under the arm. Clothing that needs adjustments because you’ve lost or gained weight. 

These are all common problems people have that causes them to seek out the services of someone who is skilled with a sewing machine. If you are able to perform these repairs and alterations, you can start out small advertising your services to friends and family and working from home. 

Once you start to grow your reputation, you may be able to open your own shop. 

Make Garments for Others

If you are creative, you may be able to make money creating your own designs and selling them online, at home or through a brick and mortar location. People will pay a pretty penny for original creations, knock offs and even Halloween and other holiday themed costumes.

Make Home Décor Items

If clothing is not your thing, you may find it easier and more appealing to create home décor items. You can make things like pillows, pillow cases, curtains, bedding and more. These are also items that can be sold online or in brick and mortar locations.

Teach Sewing to Others

Sewing is a valuable skill to know. It can help you make and repair items of clothing at home, it can be an asset on a resume and it can help you bring in extra income. That’s why many people will pay good money to learn how to sew.

If you are good at sewing, you can make money teaching your craft to others. While it may be difficult to start a money-making teaching venture on your own, you can check in with local rec centers to see if they will offer you space to host a workshop. Working with a community center will also help you get the word out about your services.

Start a Blog or a Vlog

Blogs and vlogs can be money making opportunities. Not only can you use them to advertise the services you offer, you can make money by selling advertising space, through membership sign ups and through affiliate marketing.

Write About What You Know

E-books are another great way to make money. There are many self-publishing options but Amazon provides an easy way for writers to publish books and get paid for their sales. Skilled sewers can write an instructional book with useful tips on creating and repairing items. 

Repair Sewing Machines 

If you have worked with a sewing machine long enough, you may start to learn how to troubleshoot and make small repairs. You can turn this knowledge into a lucrative business by advertising your services as a sewing machine repair person.

Tips for Planning Your Sewing Business

Now that you have an idea of how you can make money sewing, here are some tips for getting your business off your ground. 

Keep Scrupulous Records: If you keep organized records of how much you are spending and how much you are making you will figure out what’s working for you when it comes to making a profit. Also, be aware of tax consequences as these will come into play when considering your bottom line.

Market Your Business: Marketing and advertising is important in any business. Research to find the best methods for getting the word out about your services. There are several online outlets for marketing including social media, web sites and more. And while technology can be extremely helpful in marketing, it’s also important to do plenty of hand shaking and face to face meetings.

Be Thrifty: When it comes to buying fabrics and supplies, take advantage of yard sales, fabric swaps and online outlets like Craigslist and eBay. Also, don’t overbuy. Try to purchase only as much fabric as you need for your projects.

Now that you have a good amount of knowledge on how to start your money-making sewing empire, what’s holding you back? Start building your resources so you can be on your way to boosting your income.

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