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16 Realistic Ways to Make Money with Sewing Skills

Miriam love sewing. Learn sewing tips which can help you grow in ideas and financially.


Sewing is one of my oldest hobbies. The beauty of learning to sew is that you are not limited to one thing only, but there are numerous things you can do with your sewing skills. People will never stop sewing items. Even though there may be many revolutions, sewing will always require people, especially in the draft-making process. Therefore, sewing will never be out of fashion. There are various benefits one can attain from sewing. Depending on the type of sewing equipment that you have, you can mane various things which do not require technical sewing machines.

Today I want to show you some of the things you can make with your sewing skills;

Sewing ways to make money

  • You can specialize in altering and repairing readymade clothes that get torn, outgrown, or resizing.
  • You can specialize in making bags and purses. You can make fabric bags or leather bags, depending on your specialty.
  • Another specialization is making curtains.
  • You can also make custom clothes which involves making readymade clothes and selling them for income.
  • Specializations such as lingerie are good if you have a targeted market.
  • You can make wearing accessories such as earrings, necklaces, and bangles using fabric.
  • You can also sew other household accessories such as chair covers, bed sheets, pillowcases, throws, and other artistic wall hangings to make a house beautiful.
  • One can make decorative hanging wall artistic items.
  • You can also make quilts for family and friends.
  • You can embroider clothes, attach appliques, and use other decorative stitches for readymade clothes to give them more value.
  • You can add beads to custom-made clothes to make them more beautiful.
  • You can improve the appearance of photo frames, watches, and other items by embossing fabric to look unique.
  • You can design patterns for various costumes and sell them to companies or fashion designers.
  • You can be a fashion consultant and earn per consultation.
  • You can become a fashion designer. Choosing a niche is vital if you want to succeed in the business.
  • You can make custom-made items and sell them on a wholesale basis.

Must have before you begin sewing

Before you begin sewing, there are various basic tools you should own. Most of them are affordable and can be available in the store. Except for sewing machines and overclocking machines, other tools do not require a lot of capital investment (There are also cheap sewing machines and over lockers, but they are not efficient since they keep on breaking). Here is a list of essential tools you require to be a good sewer.

Needles and pins

To succeed in sewing, it is vital to select good-quality needles and pins. There are different pins and needles, but they all serve the same purpose of fastening or holding together fabric. Keep pins in a cushion. You can make one yourself; it is not difficult to make. Use the right pins and needles to the right fabric. Otherwise, your fabric will be left with scratches or holes if you use the wrong type of pins and needles. Visit your nearest store and get some knowledge of the available pins and needles.


There are different threads ranging from cotton, embroidery, elastic, silk polyester, and much more. Use the right thread for the right fabric to avoid tearing fabric.

Marking Aids

Marking aids are important, especially when drafting patterns. Various marking aids such as rollers, chalk pencils, and carbon paper (used to transfer patterns).

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Cutting tools

Cutting tools are used to cut fabric and pattern papers. Invest in good scissors. You must never use fabric scissors to cut pattern papers. Once blunt, sharpen them and keep them in a dry place. Seam rippers also fall in the category of cutting tools.


These include items such as buttons, hooks and eyes, fasteners, ribbons, trimmings, elastic, and others

Pressing aids

Pressing aids are used for ironing finished or on progress sewing projects. It includes an ironing box and an ironing board.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Miriam Syombua Mutisya

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