You love to sew. Don't you wish you could make a living from your sewing? You can, with the help of this practical guide from professional sewist and pattern designer Virginia Lindsay. Everything you need to know to start sewing for profit is here, from finding your personal sewing style to creating a product line, identifying customers, equipping your studio, pricing and selling your work, marketing yourself, designing your own patterns, and handling the business and legal side of sewing. And that’s not all! You also get 16 projects that you can start sewing and selling right now.
Filled with visual, step-by-step tutorials, this excellent resource for readers who want to take their craft business to the next level provides branding, selling and merchandising tips along with profiles of some of the world's most successful crafters. Original.
Author: That Patchwork Place
Release Date: 2013-10-08
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Fresh ideas abound in this amazingly varied assortment of sewn and quilted items for gift giving or personal use. Get lots of choice and loads of value with 25 unique patterns for sewing Sew gifts such as a pencil case, knitting needle case, makeup bag, aprons, pin cushions, pillows, and more Discover handmade projects from a host of talented designers, including Adrienne Smitke, Heather Jones, and Pippa Eccles Armbrester
If you want to make gorgeous, quality bags with the professional edge that really makes the difference between home-made and handmade—open The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. In this how-to book accomplished bag maker, Nicole Mallalieu, reveals her high-end techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for professional design and finishes. The 10 featured projects teach a range of expert skills from adjusting the proportion of the pattern to constructing pockets, straps, flaps, and bases.. By the end of this book, you’ll have a closetful of polished bags—and most likely sew better than you ever imagined you could.
Kindle the imagination with these loveable handmade fabric toys! Inspired by vintage 1940s patterns, projects include dolls, softies, pillows, puppets, and little girl’s handbag. Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills. Customize any project to fit your skill level and time commitment, and have fun making outfits for your dolly from your favorite fabrics, scraps, or even upcycled bits from old clothes. Share the love of handmade with your whole family…the young and the young at heart!
Author: Jason Miles
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2013-01-06
Genre: Business & Economics
It has never been easier to start a home based business using the Internet to sell what you make. A whole generation of young families are enjoying additional income because they've learned to make and sell from the comfort of their home. The potential is real and the impact on household budgets can be life changing. But according to an April 2011 article in Inc. magazine, the average Etsy seller makes just $785 a year. You can do much much better! In Craft Business Power the founders of Liberty Jane Clothing share their journey from startup to selling over a million dollars online. They started with a $39 sale on eBay in 2008 and today they lead a dynamic team and have a thriving online business that author Jim Cockrum has called "a virtual empire" (Free Marketing 101, Page 89). If you're ready for a realistic 15 day plan for launching a profitable craft business that is easy to follow, filled with practical advice, and proven to work, this book is for you. If you want to start or expand a craft business get Craft Business Power today!
Adorable must-have items to sew in a session or two . . . even if you're a total beginner! Start a project--and finish on the very same day! From pouches and totes to baskets, these clever and crafty little things will make you feel like a superhero stitcher. Created by the bloggers of SewCanShe, the 20 projects include a quilty first-aid kit, cute magnets, headbands and hair baubles, travel iron mats, and more. Many are made with fat quarters of fabric--sold in precut stacks or bundles and easily purchased in stores or on the web. Newcomers will find so many pictures, diagrams, and tips that they'll feel like the author is right there beside them. Project designers include the author and: Virginia Lindsay (Gingercake Patterns) Jennifer Heynen (The Beginning Fabrics / Jennifer Jangles) Sarah Markos (Blue Susan Makes: bluesusanmakes.blogspot.com) Heidi Staples (Fabric Mutt: fabricmutt.blogspot.com) Tessa Walker (The Sewing Chick: thesewingchick.blogspot.com) Christina Roy (2littlehooligans.com)
Discover how easy it is to sew your own cozy wearables from fleece. With a creative approach that exploits fleece’s forgiving and versatile attributes, Carol Jessop and Chaila Sekora present easy-to-follow instructions for 30 simple and fun projects that include hats, scarves, robes, yoga pants, and even a dog jacket! Encouraging novice sewers to get in on the action while offering endless variations for those with more experience, Sew What! Fleece will add a new dimension of style and warmth to your crafting repertoire.
Most of us would agree that sewing something that teens will like is, without a doubt, a challenge. In Project Teen, Melissa Mortenson, sewist and mother of three teenagers, shares not only her 21 teen-approved designs, but also invaluable tips and tricks for sewing for this unique (a.k.a. picky) age group. Whether you make a stylish tech cover, a cushy study pillow, or a personalized quilt, your teen will love these handmade gifts as much as you love them.
Add style and glamor to your home with stylish accessories. Sew-It-Yourself Home Accessories offers 21 simple and beautiful projects to create with natural cotton. Each project can be completed in just one weekend.
Ready to move beyond basic bags and totes? Now you can create sophisticated handbags and totes with a modern look. Learn a variety of intermediate to advanced techniques--from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps--and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project. Choose from 12 new designer-style bags and purses--alternate colorways provide additional inspiration Make use of clearly illustrated, well-tested patterns for sewing attractive bags Add stylish design elements that make your bags stand out: piping, three-dimensional pockets, fabric pleats, and more
Provides instructions on how to make fleece hats with tools and materials, templates, and more than twenty-five projects with fun adaptations, including curious cat, tall giraffe, little ladybug, monster mash, and more.
Fab and functional bags to sew … that perfectly fit your life on the go! Favorite bag designers and top bloggers share 15 unique organizers, all tailored to a specific purpose. From a laptop folio or a gym bag to an airport sling or a trunk organizer, every tote has just the right features to keep your essentials within easy reach. Practical, stylish, and versatile by design, each carryall has multiple uses. Projects are organized by skill level, from confident beginner to more advanced, so you can grow as you sew!