Last year I came across the Write 31 day project, and was crazy enough to join in! I had no idea if I could do it, or even if I knew enough about one topic to be able to write about it every day for a whole month. Well, amazingly enough I did, and the result was 31 Days of Quilting UFOs…. It was a fun month for me, and a great time to organize my 216 UFOs … and make a plan to start finishing them!
This year I knew I had to join in again 😊 So a few months ago I started thinking of what I could do…. 31 Days of Quilt Blocks? Hmm… fun, but too much work and since I failed miserably at my 100 days of Hexies, I didn’t think a quilt block a day was going to happen!
31 Days of Free Motion Quilting? I very nearly decided on this one. Fun, informative and good for expanding my own skills. But it didn’t really fit in with what I was doing at the time (finishing UFOs!), and I thought if I made up sample blocks I’d end up with a bunch of orphan blocks and more UFOs. Not what I wanted.
Then I got to thinking. I was finishing UFOs, and a lot of them were class samples and items for selling in the shop and at markets… so I was thinking a lot about planning for classes, markets and craft fairs. I spoke to some other ladies and they were also thinking about selling their handmade items at the markets before Christmas and asking me lots of questions….., so I decided that 31 Days of How to Earn $ from Sewing and Quilting would be it!
If you have ever thought of trying to earn some money from your hobby of sewing or quilting, then I hope this month will give you a lot of motivation and food for thought! I’ll be sharing heaps of practical tips and success stories, and I am also finishing up an ebook or two on some of the topics I will be writing about.
Actually, last year I started writing a book about this very topic. I had an outlilne and started a few chapters…. Until I realized that writing a book about having a quilting business was going to take a very long time because there was so much to cover!
I had about 6 sections in the book, all covering the many “arms” of a quilting business, and in looking at them I decided each section was a book in itself. The book was put on hold…. While I re-assessed and got distracted with life 😊
In April I got stuck back into it, and I picked two sections and started working on some free mini courses and ebooks. By the end of this month I hope to launch one of them, so stay tuned.
A lot of the other content that was going to be in that first book will be in this month’s 31 Day series. So plenty of free information for you and encouragement to Earn $ from Sewing and Quilting!
What can you expect this month?
The first three days will be a general introduction. I want to share more of my story and how I have successfully earned a side income from sewing and quilting. I also want to touch briefly on the legal side of running a business and what you may need to do depending on where you live.
The rest of the month will be split into 5 topics or as I like to call them, 5 “arms” of a sewing and quilting business:
- Selling Supplies
- Teaching Others
- Quilting for Others
- Designing and Selling Patterns
- Selling Ready Made Items
I will be updating this page with a linked index to each blog post, so you can come back here and get a good overview of the month.
Day 1 – you’re reading it now!
Day 19 – FAQ about Quilting for Others Part 1
Day 21 – FAQ about Quilting for Others Part 2
Day 25 – Using a Quilt Design Program
Day 27 – How to Write up a Pattern
Day 29 – Featuring Michelle Ridgway!
Like last year, I am looking forward to hearing your hints and tips and how you may be earning money from your sewing and quilting hobby, now or in the past!
I usually reply to your comments via email, but for this month I am planning on answering in the comment section, so that everyone can benefit from the answers. Hopefully we can get a nice community of ideas and encouragement going!
Please feel free to answer people’s questions if you want to. The only thing I ask is that all the comments are encouraging and helpful. Any that aren’t, will be deleted.
Here’s to a fun 31 days!!
And for our first question of the month… I’d like to know – do you currently or have you in the past earned some money from sewing or quilting?
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