Home Based Business Idea: Sewing


Sewing from home is a great home based business idea for a work-at-home mom (WAHM) who loves to sew. You can turn your passion for sewing into a profitable business. While you work on creating and selling your sewing projects (which takes time), you can launch a sewing business by selling sewing products.

Wholesale Patterns and Supplies

What products do you like to use and recommend to family and friends? Do you use unique patterns? You can sell those products over the internet to the public or to customers who hire you to sew for them. This is great way to pursue sewing as a home based business idea if you are a beginner or don't know how to sew. Find wholesalers that sell the supplies and patterns that you use and like. Determine if you have the space to store any inventory in your home for small scale sales. If not, narrow your choices of wholesalers to those who offer drop shipping. A drop shipper will ship the products directly to your customer so that you don't have to worry about storing inventory or shipping. Your job is to market the product, take orders, collect payment and fax or email the order to them. You earn the amount of money you charge above the wholesale price.

Information Products

In addition to (or instead of) selling patterns and supplies, consider selling how-to books, ebooks and videos on sewing. If you really enjoy teaching, you can also sell curriculum to students. Information products for your sewing business are ideal because people can buy your products while you sleep, and the opportunity to make more money is not based on how many hours of sewing you can do.

Marketing Your Sewing Business

You can earn extra income and market yourself simultaneously by teaching children, teens and adults how to sew. You can teach at community centers, adult learning centers, community colleges or libraries. You can offer to teach classes through programs that hire teachers, or you can start and promote your own class. You should also start a sewing club at a local fabric store. The owner may agree because you're offering an added benefit to their current customers. You'll have access to people who are already interested in sewing. The owner may also include information about your sewing business when they market the club in their newsletter or other email marketing campaigns.

Your Competitive Advantage

The way to get a competitive advantage in a sewing business is to provide quality work, complete projects on time and accurately, and offer free pickup and delivery whenever possible. Some of your customers may have a sewing need for special occasions. Missing deadlines may impact their budgets, stress level, and in the worst case scenario, their ability to attend an event. You may end up with a poor business reputation as a result and lose potential customers.

You will face challenges if you pursue sewing as a home based business idea, but the monetary and artistic rewards are worth every effort. The key is to look for ways to expand your business beyond sitting in front of the machine and sewing all day by selling products. Otherwise, it may take much more time to meet your income goals.


Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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