You could paint or make pottery and sell your creations. Or, you could offer embroidery, tailoring, or quilting services. While all of these ideas allow you to use your creativity, there is such a practical need for seamstresses, embroiderers, and quilters.
I bet your neighbor has a bag full of clothes at home just waiting for some sort of mending. This is something you could easily do in your spare time. With an embroidery machine, you can offer monogramming or uniform personalizing. The possibilities are endless. And, people are more than willing to pay for these types of services! Quilting can also be a valuable art. Handmade quilts sell for hundreds of dollars. This is how little businesses start!
Where to Begin
Check your local fabric store to see if they are involved in any local craft fairs. Or, if you are feeling ambitious, you can display your cool designs online at sites like Etsy. Etsy does tend to be a little crowded. It can be hard when you are just starting out to differentiate yourself from all the other online creatives.
It might be best to start in your own neighborhood… consider renting a booth at the farmers market or hosting your own “trunk show” in your backyard, invite all the neighbors and your friends… It’s a fun way to get the word out about what you do and how you can help others out with your time and talent.
Another great way to make a little extra cash is to teach your favorite hobby: sewing, embroidery, or quilting classes. This also takes some time to establish yourself as someone who is very good not only at your craft, but also in the way you explain your creative process to others.
Craftsy is a good website to sign up with. You can design and sell your own patterns and qualify to teach online classes.
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There are countless hobbies for women and men that can help bring in a little extra cash, you just have to get a little creative.
If you are looking for more specific help on embroidery or quilting, stop by one of our stores. We are always glad to help.
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For the love of Embroidery!