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Can you sew? Or would you like to learn how?It’s not that hard to start making extra income with sewing skills. There are hundreds of things that you could make … and sell.

sewingHere are some tips on how to start making money with your own sewing retirement business.

  • Choir robes – contact churches
  • Clothes designer. You can custom make:
  • Clothes for handicapped individuals
  • Costumes – sell in stores
  • Custom sewing – is making clothes for others. Work with a fabric store. Offer to make clothes from the patterns and fabrics that their customers buy.
  • Dance wear – ask around dance studios
  • Formal wear
  • High couture clothing
  • Home items. You could make bed covers, bed covers, crafts, curtains, drapes, pillows, slipcovers, table cloths, toys, Bags
  • Intimate apparel
  • Men’s wear
  • Pets. Specialize in clothes for pets such as blankets, beds, and hats.
  • Plus-sized clothing
  • School uniforms – work with a private school
  • Sell information – Put together pamphlets and booklets on sewing tips for specific items.  You can sell patterns, instructions, and even complete kits. Often fabric stores only sell patterns. But you could bundle in the fabric and all the materials too. Buy wholesale from the same fabric store and resell through them, on with flyers, or contacting sewing machine stores. This can work very well for Halloween costumes.
  • Sew for weddings. You can save clients hundreds of dollars by making all the clothes for a wedding.
  • Sewing supplies – Often sewing supplies are imported from Asia and are of poor quality. Make some better supplies or purchase existing ones but put them into a kit.
  • Start a sewing club – Teach others to sew. You can get students by partnering with a fabric store. They usually have a meeting room that you can use and a sewing machine for each student.
  • Teach a class – Most community colleges are looking for instructors who can teach adults new skills. You don’t need academic credentials if you know what you are doing. Also libraries, schools, community centers, senior centers, and stores would let you teach. Require that each student bring their own sewing machine with them. You can sell the fabric needed for the class too as well as books.
  • Women’s wear

Check out this page on a Retirement Sewing Business.

I’ve also added a page on sewing books and courses to get you started.


 

Check out this link for more ideas.  Hundreds of Retirement Business Ideas.

For more information check out my books

How to Earn More Retirement Income: without having to get a job

Where to Find Products to Sell for Your Retirement Business

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