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4 Ways to Make Money Sewing from Home

4 ways to make money from home sewing

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Perhaps you’re looking for a way to make money from home offering your sewing services but you don’t want to do the regular things, like hemming pants or other seamstress things. There are other options for your sewing services such as making creative, one- of- a- kind pieces of clothing from second-hand stores, or even offer more specialized sewing services such as memory bears.

How to Make Money Sewing from Home

Here are some tips and ideas to get you moving towards the dream of sewing from home and replacing your day job, but first let’s get some housekeeping out of the way.

  • You do NOT need to be an expert at sewing
  • You do NOT need an industrial sewing machine
  • You do NOT need an entire studio
  • Take an assessment of your skill level
  • Be honest with yourself and decide what you really like to sew

Okay, so let’s move on to talk about some fun money-making sewing ideas!

Home Decor Designer

Have you ever went shopping for new pillows or a sheet and blanket set just be frustrated that you could not find the style or design you need? This happens more often than we may know, and by offering custom home decor sewing services you can meet the need.

Custom Bag Designer

You’d think with all of the different bags, purses, diaper bags, and bookbags already on the market that there wouldn’t be a need for another bag designer…well, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that there is always room for one more bag designer! So if you’re passionate about designing bags, then go for it!

Custom Children’s Clothing

Custom children’s clothing is in demand from both consumers and pattern companies. You can make money from home creating children’s clothing patterns and licensing them, but also by sewing your own designs for consumers to purchase directly from you.

Memory Keepsake Sewing Services

The memory keepsake sewing business model is rarely spoken of, yet it’s been around longer than I’ve been alive! Essentially, you would offer to take the customer’s favorite pieces of clothing, blanket, shawl, scarf, ties, etc and create unique, custom items such as teddy bears, pillowcases, and even ornaments.

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Sewing Business Tips: How to Promote Your Sewing Services Online

how to promote sewing services in 2020

Sewing Business Tips: How to Promote Your Sewing Services Online

 

Starting a sewing business can be exciting and a little stressful if you’re new to the business side of things. After 12+ years of owning and operating a virtual assistant business that specialized in online business management. My clients often requested that I help streamline their online businesses and get their business organized along with strategizing and implementing their business practices.

If that all sounds too confusing, don’t worry, it basically means they paid me to organize their business operations so they could focus on their craft while helping their team keep the business moving forward.

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Sewing Business Tips: How to Promote Your Sewing Services Online

  • Purchase a domain name, I recommend searching to see if your birth name is available to purchase as a .com (Just like I have done for this website).  I am an affiliate with Momwebs.com for my domain names and hosting, just click here for that information 
  • Use social media including Facebook pages, Facebook groups, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter. Remember, even if you can only post on a few on a daily basis, that’s a great start but I would go ahead and create your accounts to secure your business name.

 

  • Contact your favorite bloggers, magazine editors, and local crafty outlets, and see if they are accepting story submissions. Free publicity is a great way to spread the word about your business.

 

  • Network and collaborate with related service providers but not direct competitors. This may take extra time or you can even hire someone from fiverr.com to do this part for you.

 

  • Start each day with a goal to reach and connect with potential customers both online and locally. Remember to check out Facebook Marketplace for potential local customers and when someone shows an interest be sure to direct them to your website so you can have a more in-depth conversation and along with getting their contact information. They may not be able to purchase your sewing services immediately so offer to stay in touch with them by means of your newsletter.

Just remember to be present and have daily activity online to show your customers and potential customers that you are the real deal and can be trusted with sewing their products.

 

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Ohio Sewing Business (Face Masks) 2020

Ohio LLC seiwng fabric face masks 2020

So, sewists! I’ve been reading all kinds of positive and negative remarks about sewing fabric face masks and instead of following all of the opinions that are floating around the internet, I’ve decided to go straight to the resource. As of April 3, 2020, the CDC has changed its recommendations on whether or not to wear fabric face masks. Instead of rehashing their article, I’ll just post the link directly here, so you can read it for yourself.

 

HCP use of homemade masks:
In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”  click here 

 

 

Stephanie Grams, Owner/Founder of Sewing with S.T.E.A.M, LLC located in Columbus, Ohio is sewing 100% cotton fashionable fabric face masks.

May 3, 2020: Current Sewing Services

Hey! I’m sewing more fabric face masks!! Be the first to see and shop simply by signing up for my newsletter at www.stephaniegrams.com

My online store will make browsing and ordering “sew” much easier than having me post videos on Facebook.

Please share!

I am a 100% women-owned LLC in Ohio. I love seeing others in a meaningful way through my sewing services.

I offer a variety of face mask styles (no elastic!) that are made for style and comfort. Each mask is handmade by me, Stephanie Grams.

I appreciate all of the support!

Sincerely,

Stephanie Grams, Owner and Founder Sewing with STEAM

Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Memory Bears: How to sell memory bears for money

Yes, you can make money with your sewing skills and work from home while doing it. This blog post is dedicated to making money selling your sewing services in the field of home decor, keepsake, memory, and heirloom sewing.

Memory Bears are stuffed teddy bears typically made from your favorite clothing or that of a loved one that has passed away. Memory Bears are not toys; they are heirloom (or keepsake) memory items that are meant to bring comfort to those friends and family members who are missing their loved ones.

Memory Bears are a viable sewing business option for intermediate or skilled sewists and require time, patience, and some technical skills to maneuver the pattern pieces. Also, there are many different styles of memory bears so you’ll want to decide on which pattern your sewing business will specialize in offering to your customers.

If you’re still here and reading this sewing business blog post, I want to thank you! Please take a moment and share it on Pinterest or Facebook!

Okay, there are a few items you’ll need to make your memory bear sewing business a success. This list may not include everything, as it depends greatly on the memory bear sewing pattern you will be using in your particular business. For the purpose of this blog post, I will share the items I use in my business according to my preferences and the pattern that I am most accustomed to using.

Memory Bears: Sewing Tools for Success

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (all-purpose)
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Scissors
    • paper cutting scissors
    • fabric cutting scissors
    • snips (tiny scissors for threads)
    • pinking shears
  • Pattern
  • Poly-fil
  • Safety eyes
  • Safety nose
  • Embroidery Floss (for the customers that prefer stitched eyes and nose)
  • Sewing needles
  • Stabilizer (not all clothing will need to be stabilized)

What other items can you think of for sewing memory bears?

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Self Quarantine Sewing Projects | Coronavirus quarantine

Self Quarantine |  Sewing through the Storm of 2020

I can only describe what we are experiencing right now, globally, as a storm. With so many uncertainties, questions unanswered, and just unknowns. I know one thing for certain is that we all need to work together and get through this time being supportive and helpful.

Okay, so here are some sewing ideas and tips for you while quarantined. Also, see if your local sewing centers and shops offer curbside service so you can still shop for your favorite sewing notions and fabrics.

  1. Write down your sewing projects and make a list of the fabrics, notions, and patterns needed for that project.
  2. Make a list of the items you need to order and purchase.
  3. Share your ideas online with your sewing group social media friends and see if you can help others with their sewing questions.
  4. Join some online ‘lives’  such as Facebook, Instagram, and Webinars. This can help you from feeling isolated.
  5. Start your own sewing website or video channel.

 

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How to Start a Memory Bear Business

 

 

 

 

Memory Bear Business: Business Tools and Supplies

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Business Tools & Equipment

 

Basics for Success 

Starting or growing your memory bear business does take some basic tools and equipment. We’ve covered your business name, licenses, website, domain name, and a few other technical items. I’m going to talk to new and current memory bear business owners, so if you already have these items then you’re ahead of the game! 

  • Sewing Machine – nothing fancy. In fact, I use the Brother from Walmart 
  • Extra thread – be sure to buy all-purpose thread in all colors 
  • Bobbins – have pre-loaded bobbins and the right size 
  • Fabric scissors – keep a dedicated pair of fabric scissors at hand always 
  • Poly-fil- I buy the 10# box of poly-fil, it makes the best memory bears 
  • Embroidery Floss- I offer hand-stitched eyes and a nose, others might offer child safety eyes and nose services either way 
  • Needles- I keep all sizes on hand and several of each 
  • Inkjet printer – I use this to print paper contracts, invoices, and iron-on fabric 
  • Bear pattern – I actually use two different patterns and a secret technique to create my bears
  • Camera – I recommend that you take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of every memory bear order 
  • Iron and Ironing board – take a minute to iron your teddy bear fabric 
  • Starch – just in case water /steam does not work for tough wrinkles 
  • Stabilizer – there are several fabric stabilizers on the market 
  • Sewing table – I use a 6’ folding table and it works great 
  • Pet free, Childfree, Smoke-free, Food Free working environment 

Closing / About 

All good things must come to an end 

I sure hope you gleaned a few golden nuggets from my blog! I’m not sure we have been properly introduced, so here it goes! 

My name is Stephanie Grams, I am married and a mom to six children; two of which have passed away. I was taught how to hand sew by my mom and grandma at the age of 7, simply because I was inquisitive (a.k.a. underfoot). They would spend weekends together making clothes for my sisters and me, and special occasion clothing for themselves. I have a very vivid memory of hiding under the sewing table (a.k.a. the dining room table) just to listen to them talk. I was fascinated by the sound of the sewing machine, the conversation about patterns and thread. 

I have owned and operated a very successful hand-made primitive company in which I hand made the patterns for the primitive dolls, including their hand-painted or sculpted faces, body, and clothing. 

Today you can find me on Youtube offering memory bear business tips and hand embroidery instruction!

If you have questions, feel overwhelmed, or are looking to make more money in your memory bear business then I invite you to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation at this page

Memory Bear Business: Orders and Shipping Your Memory Bears

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Accepting Orders, Contracts & Shipping 


memory bear sewing services ohioGet It in Writing! 

Accepting orders can take place a few ways, the one thing to keep in mind is that you need everything in writing whether through email, text or private messaging. Before you can even accept an order, you must know what the expectations of the customer are and they need to know what you offer, and you both need to agree on those terms. 

Typically, my orders come from Facebook via a private message. It goes something like this, 

Customer: Hi! How big are your bears and how long will it take? 

Me: Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out to me about my memory bear services. Each memory bear is 18” tall and I require a minimum of 3 weeks turnaround time from the time I receive your clothing. 

Customer: Oh, that’s a nice size bear. How many pieces of clothing do I need to send you for one bear? 

Me: Well, that depends. Are you sending infant, toddler, children or adult clothing? 

Customer: I will send …. 

From there I tell the customer how many pieces of clothing I will need to create one memory bear. I also send them the link to my website that contains the mandatory order form and my policies. 

Contract 

Yes, I do require a contract for every order. This is the legal document that will keep my customer and myself in-line with the terms of our agreement. My contract states the terms of sale, policy, procedure, shipping, additional services, pricing, and clauses.

Shipping 

Shipping is very straightforward. I have a FAQ page on my website and on the contract which states that one bear receives free basic shipping, large orders of memory bears do cost an additional shipping and handling fee. 

If the customer wants insurance, they are required to pay the additional fee and I am not held responsible for any lost or damaged mail. Do not get stuck paying for the shipping and handling! The cost can add up quickly due to the box size, tape, mailing labels, postage, driving to the Post Office, and any extra shipping materials you use. 

Once the box has shipped, I use my smartphone and take a picture of the receipt showing the date, time, and tracking number then I send it via text, email or private message to the customer. This gives them a sense of security knowing that their memory bear is on its way. It’s up to the customer to pay for insurance and also keep a watch out for their memory bears to arrive at the address they gave you. 

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Business Tools and Supplies