The 15 Most Profitable Ways to Make Money Sewing

Jobs in the sewing industry abound if you know where to look or become a creative freelancer. Some of these sewing opportunities will be more appealing than others, depending on your skills and interests. Here are 15 ideas so your sewing skills can help you pay the bills.

Cosplay Costumes

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Cosplay is popular all over the world and conventions are multiplying. Many people who want to attend cosplay conventions don't know how to make the costumes they want to wear. Let it be known that you know how to sew and will help design and make cosplay costumes.

Production of costumes and theater sets

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Work on costume and set design for theater, television and film productions. Contacting local theaters and production companies will help you make connections to find freelance work or full-time employment.


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Basic hemming and alterations are still necessary. Start your own business offering sewing and alteration services, or contact dry cleaners, fine department stores and bridal boutiques to see if they need help.

Personalized clothing

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Offer custom-made clothing using commercial designs or your own designs. Many aspiring seamstresses find a pattern and fabric they like and then discover their skills don't match their work.

Etsy Shop

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Open an Etsy store to sell handmade items. Handmade bags, toys, clothing, accessories and decorations sell well. Upcycled and vintage-inspired items are particularly popular.

Sewing classes and courses

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Sewing is a skill that more and more people want to learn. Individual sewing classes can be taught in person or online via Zoom. Quilt stores, craft stores and community centers are often looking for new sewing and quilting teachers.

Sewing classes and workshops for children are also in high demand if you like working with children.

Sales models

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Independent sewing pattern creators are recreate the patronage industry. Learn how to design and sell sewing patterns that others can use. You can sell digital or physical designs on an online marketplace like Etsy or on your own website.

Freelance Sewing Jobs

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Offer your sewing services for specific projects, like creating prototypes or sewing small batches of specialty items. Connect with small engineering and manufacturing companies to find jobs like this. You'd be surprised how many of them need someone who knows how to sew.

Personalized Embroidered Gifts

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Personalized towels, bags and clothing make highly sought-after gifts, but few people have the skills or the sewing machine to create them. Start by offering to create personalized gifts for a baby shower, bridesmaids event, wedding or Christmas party.

Uniform embroidery

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Uniform stores also need embroidery services, especially those that sell scrubs and medical gowns.

Making T-Shirt Quilts

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Quilts made from T-shirts or sweatshirts are very popular. People like to remember places and events they attended or custom quilt for their favorite sports team. Also in demand are seamstresses who can make handmade quilts from baby items or items belonging to a deceased loved one.

Quilting Services

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Many quilt makers send their quilt tops to be finished because they only enjoy the assembly stages of quilt making. If you own a longarm sewing machine or are proficient at quilting on a home sewing machine, you can offer quilting services to help people finish their quilts.

Sewing Events

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Host virtual or in-person sewing events where participants can sew together according to a specific pattern you designed or chose for the class. Events like this often take place via a social media group or Zoom. Be sure to charge a participation fee and provide guidance and support during the event.

Interior Design Services

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High-end interior designers rarely suggest ready-made curtains, cushions or pillows to their clients. Find an interior designer to work with and provide the sewing for these custom decor items.

Sell ​​fabric and supplies

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If you love fabrics and sewing supplies, you can open an online store or pop-up shop at events to sell fabric, crafts, and other sewing-related items. Small online fabric stores can succeed by specializing in niche fabrics and patterns for a particular community of sewers or quilters.

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