Do you love to sew? Or perhaps you’re a crafter learning to expand your maker toolbox before you take the plunge and sell on Etsy? If so, then you’ve almost certainly been thinking about selling your sewing creations on Etsy. In this blog post, I share with you my favorite sewing resources so that you can start selling your own creations on Etsy. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer, read on to discover new resources and hone your skills!
Before you start, you’ll want to gather up all your tools. I wrote about the importance of choosing the right sewing tools for your Etsy shop or small business in this article, but we’ll cover the basics here too. You’ll need a sewing machine (I like this one for beginners), fabric scissors, and a sewing pattern or tutorial. The pattern will tell you what kinds of fabric and notions you’ll need. You may also want to have a pair of snips, a rotary cutter, and clips or pins handy.
Learn the Basics (and beyond)
The internet is FULL of amazing sewing tutorials. I like to start with a sewing pattern, and if I come to a technique I haven’t mastered yet, I’ll head over to Youtube to watch the masters at work. If you’re totally new to sewing or want to learn a new skill (like pattern drafting or draping), I highly recommend SkillShare. Check out their library of sewing classes here. If you like what you see, use code Annual30AFF to save 30% on a year’s membership.
Choose your first project
If you’ve never sewn before, it’s a good idea to start with something simple. If you’re thinking of starting a home decor business, a simple project like a pillowcase is a great place to start. If you want to jump right into sewing clothing, a dolman tee is a great first project.
Sell on Etsy
Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to set up shop! You have lots of options when it comes to selling your makes online (like Amazon Handmade and Shopify) but I really love Etsy for new sellers because it’s so easy to get started. When you’re ready to get started selling, use this link and the good people at Etsy will set you up with 40 free listings to get you on your way!
Grow your business
Want to learn more about building the perfect handmade business on Etsy, Shopify, or wherever else you decide to plant your virtual brand? Check out this article, and make sure you’re on my email list because I’ll keep dropping amazing lessons in your inbox for FREE to get you set up on Etsy, selling like a pro!
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