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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 for turning your passion for sewing into a successful home business. Everything you need to know 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 (all customer-tested) to start sewing and selling right now.
|Publisher:||C&T Publishing / Stash Books|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
VirginiaLindsayis a self-taught sewist and lover of all things fabric. She is the author of the popular sewing blog, Gingercake, and the designer behind Gingercake Patterns. She has had several patterns published by Simplicity. Virginia lives in Freeport, Pennsylvania. Visit her at www.gingercake.org
Table of Contents
Introduction Finding Your Sewing Style Authenticity • Using Sewing Patterns to Get Started Interview: Jessica Rider from A little Grey Identifying Your Customers Be Selective • Sewing for Kids and Babies • Sewing Fashion Accessories • Sewing for the Home • Sewing for Fundraising Essential Equipment Your Sewing Machine • Machine Accessories • Thread • Cutting Tools • Additional Tools • Serger • Computer • Camera Interview: Vanessa Hewell from LBG Studio Buying and Using Fabric Have a Plan • Use What You Have • Building a Stash • Making Smart Fabric Buying Choices • Quality Counts • Coordinating Fabrics • Try Something different Interview: Monica Donohue from Little Pigeon Crafts Sewing Change Your Favorite Patterns to Work Even Better For You • Keep Good Notes • Organize Your Pattern Pieces • Organize Your Workspace Selling Selecting a Name Selling Online: Setting Up an Online Shop • Taking Good Photos for Online Sales Selling at Craft Shows: Setting Up Your Booth • Making a Plan Consignment Sales Promoting Yourself: Business Cards / Postcards • Using Social Media • Keeping a Mailing List Pricing and Packaging Pricing: Materials • Time • Price • Show Pricing Packaging: Packaging for Show Sales • Packaging for Online Sales Interview: Candace Todd from Sparkle Power PROJECTS Projects That Are Useful Boxy Pincushion Craft Apron Lunch Bag Oven Mitt Placemat and Napkin Projects That Make Best Use of Materials Drawstring Backpack Grocery Tote iPad Sleeve Trimmed Messenger Bag Half-square Triangle Quilt Projects That Are Great Sellers Baby Set Handy Organizer Great Big Tote Professional Pillows Slouchy Purse Zippered Pouch Appendix: Business Basics You’re In Charge • Keeping Your Look Fresh • Inventory The Legal Aspects of Setting Up a Shop: Doing Business As (DBA) • Get a Tax ID • Set Up Bank Accounts • How to Pay Sales Tax • Income Tax Making it Work For You Resources About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My daughter has been selling at craft shoes for some time. She has been successful because she already practices some of the principles in this book. The author gives examples of failures that I see at every craft show that I go to. Anyone that is contemplating selling their items at craft shows needs to read this book. The author offers free patterns and instructions for some simple projects. She also gives information on taking payments, taxes, inventory, tax numbers and legal aspects of your business. I'm glad that I purchased this book and will refer to it in the future.
I really like this book. It has lots of great information and advice from many successful crafters. The pictures are great and the patterns are easy to follow. Great resource!