Hey hey! I ended up taking a bit of an unplanned blogging hiatus but am popping in today to share a little about a new sewing related book that was recently released. My friend Virginia of Gingercake wrote Sewing To Sell - The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business and it is an amazing resource in so many ways. If you've ever considered taking your sewing hobby to the next level but don't know where to start - this is the book for you! It covers just about everything you'll need to know to get a sewing based business started.
Sewing To Sell includes info such as pricing and packaging, essential equipment, identifying your customer base, business basics, product photography tips, and more. It also includes 16 starter projects that you can make and sell. The projects include cutting guides for both single items as well as multiple items which is really helpful if you're trying to efficiently stock up your shop or get ready for a craft show. There are also interviews with craft sellers which include helpful tips (you'll find an interview with me in there!)
The projects in the book would also be perfect anytime you need to make multiple gifts such as end of the year teacher gifts, holiday gift giving, etc. Some of the projects include an insulated lunch bag, a craft apron, a tablet sleeve, a kid's messenger bag, a handy organizer, and a cute baby bib and burp rag set. I really liked the organizer and made one for myself. I made just a few changes to personalize it a bit - I added leather to the outer pocket as well as a small leather card pocket inside the organizer. Instead of a tie closure, I added a tab with a snap. I love that it has lots of pockets and it's a manageable size.
Make sure to check out the rest of the book tour for more project examples and sewing business tips and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy!
Giveaway is open to US residents only! Ends January 15th at midnight. Good luck!