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It is nice to think that we could be making a little extra money from our sewing hobby by sewing to sell. One of the questions that I see time and time again in the sewing forums is what to sew that sells well on Etsy, and what sewing crafts to sell at craft fairs. So here is a post full of easy sewing projects to sell.
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40 Easy Things To Sew And Sell
We all need a little bit of extra income from time to time, so here are some easy sewing patterns and sewing crafts that you can be making for your potential customers. Among these are some pretty unique items to sew and sell.
Whether you are looking to sell at craft fairs or set up an online shop you can even be using fabric scraps and other sewing supplies in your stash to create some handmade small items and home decor pieces that will sell!
Keep reading to learn what sewn items sell best, and get some sewing ideas to make money!
Clothes are one of the first things to sew and sell on this list. There are so many ideas out there for dress patterns, and a lot of free sewing projects to sell. I certainly have thought about setting up a sewing business selling little dresses. But what are some other clothes sewing ideas to sell?
These are such easy sewing crafts to sell. Make your own simple skirt.
Baby bibs and burp cloth bibs are one of the first things I ever made when I started to sew. They are incredibly easy, and make great gifts, which is why they are also perfect ideas to sew and sell. Find my free baby bib pattern and tutorial.
There are lots of patterns out there to make. My legging tutorial doesn’t even need a pattern! Leggings are certainly one of the easiest things to sew and sell for beginners.
I have made lots of sets for my little one in just this way. Alternatively see my video here on TikTok.
Again, I adapted a pattern that is free on the internet to make and know that this is one of those great DIY sewing ideas to sell.
Please do note though: there are strict laws against selling certain licensed character fabrics. The garments above are for my own use, I would not sell anything made with licensed fabric.
Hair accessories such as headbands and bows are one of the best selling sewn items on Etsy, and these fabric hairbands are such an easy project if oyu are looking for sewing projects that make money.
Similarly, bows are very easy to make and will accessorise so well with your handmade outfits to sell, so they are incredibly sellable sewing projects.
Sewing crafts that sell can be as simple as sewing accessories to match your little dresses. Why not make these to match the dresses and skirts if you are selling them? Though they sell well on their own too. How to make Scrunchies. And also see how to make stash scrunchies.
Fabric flowers make a great adornment and accessory to clothing, but they are also brilliant for sewing to hairbands and bobbles as hair accessories, and also make brilliant brooches to sell too. See my TikTok video on how to make these. These are one of my favourite fabric craft ideas to make and sell.
As well as making clothes for children, if you are looking for sewing craft ideas to sell consider sewing things like Dolls Clothes too! Find my fashion doll dress pattern here.
Next on the list of things to sew if you want to know how to make money sewing is sewing home goods. Lots of people are looking for sustainable alternatives to everyday things that we currently throw away. So these are great ideas of sewing projects that sell, as not everyone can make their own. I have made lots of kitchen items to sew and sell.
Case For A Reusable Straw
This is such a useful thing to have in your bag.
See my tutorial here.
Reusable Sanitary Pads
Not what everyone is after, but these are still a lovely item to make. See my tutorial and make your own to sell.
Sanitary Pad Pouches
And these are great to sell alongside the pads. Alternatively, these can also be used as reusable snack packs!
As well as sanitary pads, reusable breast pads are a great idea to make for new mums. If you like to sew things, these are easily made from small pieces of scrap jersey and towelling fabric. See my video on TikTok how to make them.
Reusable Sandwich Wraps
Another handy thing for people to have. Never use a plastic ziplock bag again!
People love these alternatives to plastic dish scrubbers. Find out how to make them.
People are starting use more solid shampoo and shower gels, but these get mushy in the shower.
These wash cloths and bags stop all that.
Hessian Shower Poufs
A really good alternative to those horrid bacteria breeding plastic shower poufs. This is my tutorial.
Bowl Covers are a great item for people to use instead of cling wrap or plastic bags for storing food. Make your own bowl covers to sell.
Reusable Kitchen Roll
In the kitchen, people are shunning throwaway paper towels, for these much more sustainable washable cloths.
Make Up Remover Pads
See my tutorial here on how to make reusable makeup remover pads. These are really easy and can be made from your fabric scraps!
Handy Things For The Home
People love handy things that they can have in the home.
These are multipurpose, can be used for so many things at school, home, the gym and the office.
(NB: again, I would advise against you trying to sell or make money sewing projects made from licenced fabric – this is against the law and you may be prosecuted)
Bunting is a popular item that people sell online.
Notebook pen holders
These are incredibly handy to have, and to give as gifts. Perfect as a teacher gift, I would sell these with a plain notebook and perhaps include a pen in the set too. See the video tutorial from TikTok here.
Tote bags are a super useful item that generally also sell well. See my easy tutorial here.
Lavender bags are really handy to have around to make your clothes smell lovely and deter closet pests such as moths. These bags are double handy as they can also be hung on your clothes hangers in your closet. See how to make them here.
Wristlet Key Chain
These wristlet key chains are a big seller. People love the fact that they can have their keys safely on their wrist, and you can make them in a large range of fabrics and colours.
Dog Poo Bag Holders
These are a brilliant idea for all your dog loving friends, and so I am sure will sell well.
Such a great gift idea, people will love these for wrapping around a book or diary. See how to make them here.
Or see how to make corner bookmarks
These are a great idea for loose change or little items.
Here is my tutorial for hexagonal pouches
Lip Balm / Chapstick Pouches
These again are a fabulous idea to have clipped to your bag. Keep your lip balm or even a tiny hand cream in them
Eye masks are a lovely self care treat. And very easy to make.
Find my tutorial and free pattern here
These are such a great idea in the winter. Sell them as pairs, with full instructions.
Fabric Hanging Safe
These really useful items are a lovely idea, so are bound to appeal to travellers. See my tutorial on how to make them here.
These are such a great idea. And a perfect way of using up all your scrap fabric. Make them in sets of four and tie with a ribbon to make a lovely gift set for selling.
See my tutorial here.
Hand Gel Holders
In the current climate, hand hygiene when out and about is paramount. These gel holders hold a small bottle.
See my tutorial here.
Small bags and pouches
There are lots of ways you can make pouches. You tube have lots of tutorials, and you can make them in all shapes and sizes. I Personally love my mini Japanese knot pouch.
Especially For Christmas
Christmas is one of the main times for fairs, so these are great things to do it yourself sewing in time for the holiday season. You could make more drawstring bags as reusable wrapping paper.
Reusable Fabric Christmas Crackers
These make a lovely gift, and can be filled with so many things. See my tutorial
Padded Fabric Christmas Trees
This is a lovely decorative idea for Christmas.
Advent Calendar Bags
Again , a great reusable alternative to a traditional advent calendar.
Freemotion Embroidered Cards
Cards are very quick and easy, and can be made and personalised for every occasion.
Love This Post On Items That You Can Sew To Sell? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Sewing Posts?
I love to show you really easy sewing projects that you can make. So why not read these other posts I have written?
- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
- See my guide to starting and setting up to selling on Etsy.
- How To Use Up All Your Fabric Scraps
I hope that this has given you some good ideas for sewing projects that you can sell. I would love to hear how you get on! Let me know in the comments, or find me on social media
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