Many people are looking for ways to earn extra money in their spare time. If you can sew, you can make some cash on the side by using your sewing skills to create or fix apparel or home furnishings.
Here are a few ways to earn extra money by sewing:
1. Make clothes
All you need is a popular pattern to get started. If you can find a dress or top that is one size fits most, you can create a few different pieces using different fabric to use as samples or to sell to customers.
2. Repair clothes
While some items in a person’s wardrobe may seem disposable, many people have items that they value because of their cost or for sentimental reasons. Instead of tossing them out when there’s a tear or when they don’t fit, a person can have them altered. You can offer this service to people in your community.
3. Make bags
Tote bags, drawstring bags and beach bags are popular, and fairly easy to make. You can create a number of these bags in a few weeks and sell them throughout the year. You can also create custom bags with different fabric. Advanced sewers can also create handbags and purses.
4. Make dolls and stuffed animals
Custom made or homemade toys are valued, as both collectibles and treasured toys for a child. You can use a classic pattern to create a standard stuffed animal or doll, or you can get creative. Using different fabrics and accessories you can create a gift that can’t be bought in a store.
5. Make home decor items
Throw pillows are popular decorative items in many homes. These are easy to create and can sell for a decent profit. You can use a variety of fabrics to make each piece unique. You can also offer a service that makes pillows from fabrics or items that have sentimental value.
If you’re not sure which idea to work with or you need more ideas look online or in your local flea market. Sites like Etsy.com and Ebay.com have an assortment of homemade pieces for sale. By looking at these sites you can not only see what other people are selling, you can get an idea of how much you can charge.
Your local flea market is helpful if you plan to sell your items in your community. If you find someone selling similar items to what you plan to create you can see what prices they charge.
By taking note of the prices both online and offline, you can get an idea of how much money you can make. The next step would be to price the fabric and accessories needed to create your products. If the cost of the materials is far less than the price you can sell it for, this may be a viable business idea.
If you find that the material costs more than the price or is equal in cost, then you need to determine if there is a way to reduce the cost or increase the value of your products so you can charge more.