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Thread: Do you sew professionally? (To make money, that is?)

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    I was just curious to know how many readers of this forum sew or quilt, not just for fun, but to supplement your income?

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    I used to do some sewing for extra money, but I found that I really didn't enjoy it much. I kept thinking that I should be making things for my family instead of someone else who probably wouldn't appreciate it.

    However, one of the things I did while in college was to make a complete set of the "drapery play clothes" for a stage production of "The Sound of Music." It was fun, and a great thing to see my work on stage.

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    Not routinely, but once in a while. I have sewn clothes, quilts and other items for sale.

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    I make small patchwork gift items for a local store. She buys everything I make and sells it in her store. I have an online store that sells my stuff and a free teaching site that has methods and projects that are free to all.
    I have sold my stuff to Joette in Kalona Iowa for 11 years now. She takes everything I find time to make.




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    Occasionally I have made clothes, drapes and quilts for a fee.

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    I do.

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    I make baby quilts and lap quilts for an organization that I donate to and whenever somebody sees them they always want me to make them one for a friend or family member and I charge them. I don't charge much. But it keeps me in fabric and batting. I have plenty of business from that. I also have friends at work that are always asking me to make baby quilts and lap quilts for gifts. I don't mind doing it at all. My latest thing is making doll quilts. I love doing that because it usually only takes about 1 day to make one of those and I only charge about $15.

    I'm averaging about 3 quilts a month. Not bad for side cash!

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    I sell almost everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I sell almost everything!
    What kind of things do you sell? I am always looking for inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I sell almost everything!
    What kind of things do you sell? I am always looking for inspiration!
    Have you posted pics?


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    I do American Girl Doll Quilts. Baby Quilts, Etc.....

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    i do.

    very rarely do i get to sew for fun any longer. DH has been waiting 3 years for a quilt that is half way done.

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    I quilt for others, and I'm starting to make quilts to sell in my Dad's B&B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    I quilt for others, and I'm starting to make quilts to sell in my Dad's B&B.
    brilliant idea!!

    i can just see people snuggling in their room with a quilt and then wanting to bring one home as a memento.

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    At the speed that I work at (slow), and my rate of pay....

    You couldn't afford me.

    I quilt because I like it.

    tim in san jose

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    I've never sold anything. I do have some ideas of supplimenting income as I hope to retire "early" at age 55. I have 10 years to go so maybe I can get some stock made up, enter shows, etc. and start building on that.

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    I quilt only for fun and for gifts. Maybe one day I'd look at selling but my fear is it would become a chore rather than a pleasure. A few years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to do gardening for people because that's my other passion. The plan was to do planting and light maintenance but I ended up doing heavy digging (then being told thanks and paid off, the client got the fun part of planting) and mowing huge lawns with inadequate mowers etc, etc. I nearly wrecked my back permanently and all for a few pounds an hour! For a while, it put me off gardening completely (I've since got the love back!). I'm worried if I quilted for paying clients, I'd end up doing stuff I hated because that's what THEY wanted. I'm lucky though that I don't have to make a buck (DH does that!) so I have the choice.

    K x

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    I have sold items for 25+years, doing local craft shows, selling to special clients, etc... Lately, I have been commissioned to make history quilts - so far 10. This would consist of a collection of t-shirts that a person had kept over the years to make into a full or larger quilt. Rather rustic looking and two sided but I get such a kick out of seeing all the different places, countries, and activities a child or sport enthustiast attends. My favorites are the ones a mother collects for her child that is soon to graduate from high school. This would consists of t-shirts from when they were toddlers up to their current age. At the craft/art shows I do a number of baby quilts, wall hangings, original stuffed animals, and the list goes on. I love doing the "arts & crafts" shows because I can chose when and which one I want to do. My hubby & I have traveled through 5 different states, visiting parks and doing the shows along the way. Pays for all the traveling, food, entertainment and new fabric stash. Fun, fun and you meet some of the nicest people at craft shows.

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    I have sold quilts, placemat sets, Christmas things, my one of a kind tote bags and much more. I haven't made or sold much this year (in fact nothing yet) as I have been face and eyes into my new house and renos. My sewing studio will be up and running please God in a couple weeks and I will start in on what I want to sell for the upcoming Christmas season.

    I also plan between now and the Fall season to have enough money saved up for my embroidery machine.

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    I quilt mainly for fun and gifts,I have made some commisioned pieces,and have one lined up to be done by christmas

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    I do it just for the fun and pleasure of it. I have donated quilts (and will continue to do that) and enjoy giving them away to friends, etc. I'm afraid that if I started to try to sell them..it wouldn't be "fun" anymore...besides...my insurance guy told me that if I sold them my sweet baby "Bernadette" wouldn't be covered :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covered in Threads
    I have sold items for 25+years, doing local craft shows, selling to special clients, etc... Lately, I have been commissioned to make history quilts - so far 10. This would consist of a collection of t-shirts that a person had kept over the years to make into a full or larger quilt. Rather rustic looking and two sided but I get such a kick out of seeing all the different places, countries, and activities a child or sport enthustiast attends. My favorites are the ones a mother collects for her child that is soon to graduate from high school. This would consists of t-shirts from when they were toddlers up to their current age. At the craft/art shows I do a number of baby quilts, wall hangings, original stuffed animals, and the list goes on. I love doing the "arts & crafts" shows because I can chose when and which one I want to do. My hubby & I have traveled through 5 different states, visiting parks and doing the shows along the way. Pays for all the traveling, food, entertainment and new fabric stash. Fun, fun and you meet some of the nicest people at craft shows.
    I love your nickname! Anytime I go anywhere even after I have dethreaded I still find threads! I have even found scraps and thread in the fridge! They take on a life of their own!! I am always covered in thread! I just love your nickname(had to repeat!)!!

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    I have had a sewing/alterations business in my home for about 40 years. I love it. When I was out in the work place and I saw a lot of people, I became lonesome not seeing anyone. Then someone asked me to hem a pair of slacks and that began it all. I cannot tell you just how many wedding/bridesmaids/mob/flower girls, etc. I also do a lot of alterations and have a very good customer base.

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    i usually sell for my 'needs' making what I want - -- but will happily sew for someone else - just made an apron for someone at church to give to her secret sis.

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    Occasionally, I make baby blankets, when a request comes in. I usually give my quilts away or as presents. I, too, quilt for the love of quilting (and the buying of fabrics and threads and petting fabric, hoarding it, appreciating it, not wanting to cut it...and the list goes on!!) :lol: :roll:

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