Free Stuff Friday! Win “How to Sell Your Crafts Online”

Happy Free Stuff Friday! Today we’re giving away a copy of How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond by Derrick Sutton.

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Many sewists want to know how to take their sewing from a hobby to a business, but it can be a bit daunting to enter the world of online selling.  This guide is a great resource with lots of simple sales and marketing tips, as well as easy ways to help your products stand out from the crowd. To enter for a chance to win the book, answer the following question: Have you ever made money from your sewing skills?

Add your answer in the comments section below, and we’ll randomly choose a winner on Monday. Good luck!

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93 Responses to Free Stuff Friday! Win “How to Sell Your Crafts Online”

  1. Kara says:

    Yes! I work with leather and fur, and sell enough to support my sewing addiction!

  2. Savannagal says:

    I’ve never tried selling anything I’ve made. I’ve always thought that the time and effort put into making something by hand is so much greater than the price someone would pay for the item that it wouldn’t be worth it. But having said that, I do buy lots of handmade items. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I’ve tried all selling avenues, without much luck. I would love to know some tricks of the trade.

  4. I have sold a few items, usually requested by a friend or family member. We have started an etsy store http://www.thesewinghen.etsy.com and are ready to step up to the next level!

  5. Jeanne says:

    Long long ago I did some custom sewing when I was still teaching Home Economics. Now I occasionally see items that include machine embroidery including cases for Native Flutes. In retirement I hope to sell more of these as well as stoles for clergy and paraments for churches!

  6. Heather Seaman says:

    Yes! And I’m on my way to a craft show tomorrow! =)

  7. Viviana says:

    Nope, I haven’t. I usually made them for myself, too tailored to my (weird) tastes, which involve chickens and crazy c0lors! :P

  8. Theresa says:

    Yes, I have made a wedding dress and several bridesmaid dresses over the years.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve taken a few custom orders from friends in the past, for things like quilts, seat covers and children’s clothing. Would love to explore the opportunity of selling my creations online. Thanks so much for the chance to enter this giveaway!

  10. Maria Kievit says:

    I do a lot of alterations for people, and I make money of that. Have also sewn some bridal party gowns, which were custom made, and made money of that. Haven’t really gone to a craft fair to sell stuff, but am getting a box ready for one. Once it’s full of goodies, I intend to find a craft fair to sell at. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Joanne Hios says:

    I have done some mending and alterations for a friend plus have sold stuff I’ve made at some craft fairs.

  12. Sue Cee says:

    Yes, I am currently selling Christening dresses, First Communion Dresses and Children’s special occasion dresses!!! I am loving it. It is just in the beginning stages.

  13. Lauren says:

    I have, for the most part, provided the service of sewing in theater, childrens’ industry, bridal, soft goods…etc. but am now looking to supplement that income by selling the one-of-a-kind labor of loves that really fuel my love for what I do. THAT is what keeps me going…the creative end of it all….

  14. Christine says:

    I am trying to start a small business and sell things online. Right now I am sewing for people through little shops and word of mouth. Trying to supplement my husbands income and support my sewing hobby. I am finding it to be a small steps at a time endeavor. Thanks for all of the great information you offer.

  15. Judy O.M. says:

    I have been paid for some sewing, but I don’t think I have really made a profit.

  16. Deb says:

    I’ve been sewing for over 40 years. Back in the 70s when I was in high school, kids paid me to hand embroider mushrooms on their jean jackets! I’ve also bartered my sewing, trading bridal alterations for house cleaning and machine quilting for gourmet food. Now I’d like to try my hand at selling some of the baby things I make on Etsy, and this book would be helpful!

  17. katie tackett says:

    I want to go further. I sell alot of my stuff and am trying hard to start my own business

  18. Sherry Mitchell says:

    I have done quite a bit of custom sewing and crafting ,for family, churches, and neighbors.

  19. Kayla says:

    Yes, but I haven’t sold much, and I’m just starting out! I would love to win the book to get some pointers!

  20. Kathy Sommers says:

    Yes, I sold handmade handbags at Locust Street Days a couple years ago… I also make fabric and beaded jewelry, crochet items and have sold them at various street fairs, Mallory Square in Key West, Pier 60 in Clearwater, FL. Currently, a caregiver in Milwaukee for my son (and sort of home-bound), I am preparing to launch, with my granddaughter, an Artfire or Etsy store… And I need this book because we don’t have a clue… LOL

  21. JoAnn Sedler says:

    Yes. I’ve made purses, christening gowns, blouses and skirts that I have sold. :)

  22. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have made a little money from my sewing. I have no idea how to market myself, though. Most of the things I sell is to friends.

  23. Yes, I have been sewing wedding and prom dresses for people since I was in college.

  24. Kim West says:

    Yes, that is why I sew. With the down turn of the economy, the company I worked for closed their doors. The paradigm was shifting. I needed to change with it. I now own and operate my own clothing repursposing business. I upcycle or repurposed used clothing into personal accessories.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Everyone tells me that I should sell what I make. I really have no idea even how to begin to do it. Hopefully this book will give me the guidelines and help pursue and help my family financially. Thank for offering it!

  26. Ellen Olson-Sax says:

    I have been sewing clothing and crafts since I was a child
    selling online would be great —- pick me

  27. Diane says:

    I have contemplated opening an Etsy store to sell some of my creations, I’ve sold to friends, family and on Ebay. I have so many interests that it’s hard for me to choose what to sell.

  28. Dawna says:

    I used to sew for people. I’ve made money making men’s shirts and hemming bridesmaid dressing. But I haven’t done anything for money in over 20 years now. I have thought of selling stuff on Etsy (I should say my daughter’s have thought of me selling stuff on Etsy) that’s as far as it’s gotten.

  29. Jennifer wright says:

    Yes. I sell renaissance and Victorian styled clothing with matching jewelry. I love it! I really want to start selling online though.

  30. Jenni Davis says:

    Yes! I am a beginning sewer, and I learned to make tissue cases and cosmetic bags in my beginning sewing class. I showed my friend what I made, and she asked if I could make tissue cases for her friends and family for Christmas gifts! I made a nice little profit, while getting to practice my new skills! :)

  31. Lisa Barber says:

    No I have not made any money from sewing, however it is a dream for me to start my own business doing what I love to do.

  32. Lynne Hagen says:

    Have sold things i have made….just never online.

  33. Jamie says:

    Not from my sewing, yet. I plan on it this summer, I have been gathering as much info on selling my crafts as I can before I jump into it :)

  34. yes. I have a shop on Etsy and have done a few craft fairs.

  35. Kathi says:

    I have sold two things on line in the last year. I would love to learn how to really go at this and do it right.

  36. Virginia Darwin says:

    I have sold anything yet but am looking into ways to profit from what I sew.

  37. Diane Standish says:

    I used to be a seamstress out of my home-made bridesmaid gowns, party dresses, alterations, etc. Haven’t done it for a few years-would like to get into selling items online.

  38. Marlene Walters says:

    I have done alot of custom sewing, but never on line. I would love to learn the in’s and out’s of doing this. I love to come up with new ideas for things and have sold some at craft shows and to people that I do custom work for. Would love to take to the next level. Sewing is my livelyhood.

  39. Paula says:

    I am getting a web site up in the near future. I would really like to supplement our income as I have recently retired. I would like to have a book on selling as I know that I need it pretty bad. I can’t even sell cosmetics and make a profit and we know all women need to have at least one beauty product! I really need the help in marketing and selling my products.

  40. I do sell the things I make. Been getting more and more orders as of lately. I love it!

  41. Rebecca Mary says:

    I’ve tried, but I end up just giving it away to everyone because I love them all so much! Although I should at least charge for supplies, but I’m just too nice! Ha ha!

  42. Nichole Strick says:

    No, I haven’t. I want to though, just don’t know where or how to start. I make things and give them as gifts for friends and family:)

  43. I have sold items at the local farmer’s mkt, but it’s not the greatest venue.

  44. Tracy Enos says:

    A coworker asked me to take some king pillowcases and make them into queens. She paid me a liitle something for my time!

  45. Patricia Crowley says:

    I have not made money with my sewing yet, but I would love to try! I do save some money though…making gifts and things for around the house!

  46. SewLindaAnn says:

    About 5 years ago I made Sleepover Backpacks out of upholstery grade fabric. Picture a large messenger bag with back straps, embroidered with their name and embellished based on the fabric style with pockets inside (a secret one on the bottom) It became too consuming for the price and I stopped.

  47. Heather O says:

    I make a lot of gifts and donations. I would like to know more about the legal stuff, accounting, and I guess the icky red tape stuff. I enjoy the creation part, I don’t want to leave myself exposed or make it such a drag I end up hating my passion. =)

  48. BJMarley says:

    Yes. I have made some money from sewing patches and ribbons to Tae Kwon Do uniforms. I started sewing things on uniforms because a friend had priced having the work done at a dry cleaners. I was shocked at how much she was going to pay. I also embroidered uniforms for the TKD demo team.

    I would love to sew creative things and sell them, but haven’t had the confidence.

  49. Audrey says:

    I’ve made money for myself from some crocheting, but not sewing. But our church makes lots of money from my donating lots of sewn things for our church bazaar. My things usually go quickly, which makes me happy!

  50. Brandi brown says:

    I have started an appliqué online store. Would like to add item I make as well but not sure. Could really use any information on selling handmade items!

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