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!

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

  1. ItsHandmade says:

    Like Judi W said, marketing is key. Have a lot of designs out there and be visible. Promote on Facebook and put your items on multiple marketplaces. Make sure your potential customers can find you.

  2. Ethelyn Schlueter says:

    Not on line. I sold a few rag dolls for Christmas 20 years ago. I have been thinking of maybe trying to sell 18” doll clothes. Just got a new sewing machine and have made one doll dress so far.

  3. Wanda Hamrick says:

    Would love to win this book and learn what to sell my items for. I have sold some in the past. My daughter sews childrens clothes and this would help her also.

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  5. Jetta Boeije says:

    yes, I’m a granny and making baby bedding from home, advertise on free websites and have photos of my products on my fb profile, do some work for a baby shop in town other than that it’s word of mouth, would be wonderful if I could learn to sell on line….
    I work on order, there is just no time to make anything to build up stock…never had an unsatisfied customer yet…

  6. Evelyn says:

    When I sold some quilts a few years ago I learned a huge lesson — I will not do custom orders ever again. Some people are just impossible to please! And that sucks all the fun out of it. If someone wants to buy something I’ve already made, that’s great.

  7. Chuck says:

    No. Never thought to sell anything.

  8. Karen says:

    Sure would like to but how to keep up with potential demand?

  9. I’m an indie soft toy pattern designer and spend my days sewing as my fun full time job :)

    Fingers crossed xxx

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  11. Debra Lee says:

    Haven’t made any money but would love to!

  12. Judi W says:

    I’ve sold a lot and you really DO need to figure out how to make yourself stand out and gather a following. Lots of marketing is involved, lol.

  13. Wanda Jones says:

    Yes, I have made money with my sewing skill by selling garments and teaching classes. I am now volunteering with some refugee ladies who knit & crochet well. I have taught several to smock Christmas ornaments. My computer skills are sadly lacking. This book might help me develop a way for these refugee ladies to sell their crafts.

  14. Christina Graceffa says:

    I’ve only sewn for my personal use (and my family and friends) but I always receive comments that I should sell what I make. I would love a little more information on how to get started to get me going.

  15. The Village Stitchery says:

    Just getting my business off the ground. Going to offer alterations and repairs in addition to selling my sewing projects. The alterations and repairs should start paying off in this area before the sales do.

  16. Jeanne Wolfe says:

    Yes – I supported a family of five for almost 6 months. When I was 11, my mother was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. The medical staff treated it aggressively: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. My mother was off work for five months with no pay because she was new to her job. I was lucky to have a friend who went out and sold the stuffed toys I made, and even located a number of customers who paid me to design and produce a variety of garments and accessories that accommodated their individual physical challenges – arthritis and something that was probably muscular sclerosis. I don’t know how I did it, but a lot of credit goes to my friend Serena for selling and her mom, who encouraged me when my own mom was paralyzed with fear.

  17. Joni says:

    Yes some home dec, custom embroidery, but am trying to start an internet business for custom baby items. Would love to read this book for some much needed help.

  18. Denise Herron says:

    I love to sew! I’ve made things and given them as gifts. I’ve never tried to sell anything and would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance! Happy Sewing everyone!

  19. Deena says:

    Yes for doing custom cushions and pillows and lots of alterations. Crafts are piling up and I have given family all they will take and they keep telling me to “sell on line” but I have no idea how to get started. Would love this book.

  20. Cindi Adler says:

    I have made very little as mostly nowadays I make for my large family free of charge. I hope to be able to give up one of my part time jobs soon and start selling some of my goods…I enjoy crafting and sewing and being able to create so much more than the office.

  21. Mary M says:

    Many years ago in my teens I sold handbags. It’s been a long time and I have been thinking about getting back to it. The book looks like a great resource. Thanks!

  22. Kathy DeBord says:

    No, not yet. I was wanting to get into selling some of my crafts later in the year, but I have been uncertain about how to get it started. It sounds like this book may hold several of the answers I am looking for. : >

  23. Kelly Sutton says:

    My sister-in-law and I sell our creations at local craft fairs. She has an etsy shop (I want to start selling on etsy too). It sounds like this book might give me the push that I need to actually do it!

  24. Patricia Douglas says:

    Yes I have, at craft shows and farmers markets. I keep thinking about attempting to sell on etsy, but so far have not worked up the courage to try it.

  25. Kelli says:

    I have sold my items at craft fairs and to friends and family.

  26. Sure have. I did one wedding…….never again! I shorten a lot of t-shirts and slacks for my shorter friends.

  27. Audrey says:

    I have an etsy shop named stitchnest and I do some alterations for friends :)

  28. Linda Rielly says:

    Yes I have made money for my sewing skills. I was a seamstress for years. I did custom sewing, alterations and repairs ,home decor and crafts. Have always made clothing and toys for my kids. My business was out of my home. I got started because I had money jars all over the house, and my husband suggested I make a home decor item that hid the money. So started making porcelain dolls dressed in victorion style dresses on plastic bottles and turned on a musical base. There was also a musical coin slot and stopper in bottom of the bottle. Sold over 75 dolls just with word of mouth, but have never sold anything online, so this book would be very benifical to me.

  29. Laurie Tahir says:

    My 10 year old makes and sells earrings, magnets, etc. I am her support

  30. JustJenny says:

    I’ve sold a few things on etsy but need a better plan in place….would love to win this resource!

  31. Renee McNeal says:

    I haven’t yet, but sure want to. It sounds like this book would be a huge help in getting started.

  32. Debbie says:

    I make teddy bears from loved ones clothes that have passed and tote bags from place mats

  33. Mónica says:

    Nop, but i´m planning to do it! So this book would be great!! Thank you!

  34. Maria Soledad says:

    My brother always know how to save money.that said, when young and want to go party he had, I don’t. The only way to resolve the situation, sew a shirt for him and I have money for my ticket and dress

  35. Suzanne Havlicek says:

    I am a recently disabled quilter who needs to find ways to sell my wares to help family to save our home from impending foreclosure…I put items on ebay and etsy in the past month ,but no sales yet…could use any advise available out there!!!

  36. Suzanne Ripple says:

    Yes. I have embroidered shirts and sold them.

  37. Robin Meadows says:

    No, but I would love to. My husband is leaving for Afghanistan and that would be a great way to keep me busy.

  38. Kate L says:

    I’ve made a tiny bit of money by making a few Halloween costumes for friends, but I would love to sell online.

  39. Staci says:

    I have sold a few things locally, but have not branched
    out to online yet. Nervous, but ready to do that. :)

  40. katherine shields says:

    I’m currently working on my stock for a soon to be opened shop. this would be a great help !

  41. Gwen Churchwell says:

    I have done a bit of custom sewing but stopped because I was beginning to not love sewing as much as I once had. I now sew for pleasure but would like to sell things like bags and home dec items.

  42. Tambra Vandal says:

    I sure have! But would love to learn how to be better at it.

  43. Jamie F says:

    Not yet but I’ve got it in my head that “someday it’ll happen”!! This book would help push me to just do it!