These are quick and simple sewing ideas to make money that anyone can make – from the newest beginner to the most experienced quilter. And all you would have to do is advertise on social media to make money sewing! It is as easy as pie Simon, so get out there and shake your money maker!
Several people nowadays are scrambling to find extra ways to make money from home. Whether that be through paid surveys, gaming, or baking (among several other things) I bet some of you have not even thought about sewing – an art that is quickly fading into the background. One that is almost completely forgotten. (But we did not forget!)
Let’s take a look at the top 8 sewing ideas to make money!
Sewing Ideas To Make Money
#1 – Corn Hole Bags (or Bean Bags)
Depending on where you live, a very popular summer activity is the Corn Hole Game. (Especially here in Indiana) Every game has a set of eight corn hole bags made up of two different colors. (4 bags of each color are made) They are insanely easy to make, taking less than an hour to fully create.
All you would need is duck cloth (two colors, 7”x60” strips), thread, and a bag of whole kernel feed corn from your local farm store.
These are an excellent thing to make because usually, the bags have to be replaced every year due to mildew or broken bags. Therefore, there will always be a need!
#2 – Chapstick Keychain Holder
Taking only twenty minutes to make, these little Chapstick holders will allow your customers to never lose their chapstick again! (Or make them have to dig through their purse for that matter)
All you will need is a piece of cotton fabric, interfacing, thread, and a keychain fob.
Depending upon your sewing experience you can also add in Velcro or a snap to allow the holder to actually close and protect your Chapstick better!
#3 – Infinity Scarves
Literally, all you need is half a yard of 60” wide fabric, sew the ends together and you are done. It is one of the quicker sewing projects on this list, taking only five minutes. During the right season though, they could bring you in some big bucks!
Connect different styles and prints together for a layered look!
TIP – Pay attention to current pattern and print styles. In 2016 the most popular design in fabrics was plaid. It was sold out everywhere!
#4 – Pillow Cases
Another simple twenty minute sewing project! Everyone has a need for a pillow case so why not make your customers happy with customized ones? You could make a pretty penny simply selling pillowcases with the newest kids show as the theme. Or make that old car show man happy with a brand new set of Ford pillow cases.
All you have to do is hem you short side then pin it wrong side out and stitch up the sides!
You will need either one yard of 45” fabric or half a yard of 60” fabric. You can use cotton or flannel.
#5 – Baby Blankets (sewn)
Flannel is the go to fabric when it comes to making anything for the new bundle of joy. Its soft, cuddly, and heavy enough to be warm but light enough drag around. (when they get older) Most flannels are 45” wide so you will only need three pieces to complete your project.
1 – one yard piece – Printed Flannel (front of blanket)
1 – one yard piece – Solid or Print Flannel (back of blanket)
1 – one yard piece – Solid Flannel (for middle layer, could also use batting but flannel lasts longer)
Pin all three layers together, wrong sides out (solid middle layer too) and sew around the edges. Be sure to leave a pocket so you can turn your blanket right side out. After turning, simply sew around the outside and you are done!
You could also use two layers of 60” fabric but it is suggested that if it is heavier fabric to not include the middle layer. It may be too hot on the baby.
#6 – Baby Blankets (tied)
Tie blankets are a huge deal across the country. They are quick, easy, and fun to make. Even babies love them. Made with fleece, it only takes two layers to successfully make a Tie Baby Blanket. You will need two 1 ½ yard pieces to create your blanket. It can be a print and a solid fabric, two prints, or two solids.
Now, that size may sound large for a baby, but you have to keep in mind how much fabric you will be losing with your ties. After tying, the blanket is perfect to swaddle but large enough for a growing toddler to drag around.
CAUTION – only use fleece for the tie blankets. DO NOT use “Ultra Comfy” to tie with, as it sheds horribly and leave fuzz everywhere.
#7 – Rice Bags
Similar to the Corn Hole Bags – Rice Bags are simply bags made of a cotton material and filled with rice. People use these to heat up in their microwave and “melt” away the aches and pains. They can be made in a variety of sizes to suit the persons need, however, it is suggested that you stick with one size first.
Simply sew around your chosen size of Rice Bag, flip it inside out, fill with rice, and sew around the edges!
Rice Bags are made of cotton materials, such as flannel and quilting cotton. DO NOT use anything other than 100% cotton as other fabrics (Polyester, Spandex, Nylon, Rayon, etc) will MELT in your microwave as you are heating the Rice Bag up for use.
#8 – Quarter Keeper
If you are like me, you do not have a quarter on you when you try to get your cart at the local supermarket. Have no fear! That is what the quarter keeper is for.
Similar to the Chapstick Holder (only smaller and wider) it is designed to hang on your purse or keys to always have a quarter (or two) available to you wherever you go. It is super handy when you do not have to dig through your handbag only to not find that pesky quarter!
You would only need a keychain fob, thread, and a fat quarter of fabric.
Can You Get Your Sewing Business Booming?
Starting a sewing business on your own can be hard, so it may take a while. But if you persevere with your advertising on social media, with friends, family, and even complete strangers, you will soon learn that word of mouth can travel quite a long way.
Do not just stop there though – keep expanding your clientele by enlisting in local craft shows, holiday events, and even host a party at your home. In order to keep sewing for profit you will have to spend a little money to make your money back. (Spending money for the booth at a craft show) And do not just have the same old thing, expand a little!
Ask your customers what they want to see. Have they seen a craft that they cannot make and you possibly can? Create that special order and keep your business flowing!