Sewing To Sell Review and Giveaway

Sewing To Sell Review and Giveaway

Virginia Lindsay, owner of Gingercake pattern shop, invited me to review her new book Sewing to Sell.  She described this book as a “business love letter I wish I could send to myself 5 years ago when I began my sewing business.”  After reading the book, I wish she would have written this love letter to me as well.11060_FrontCover_FullSize
When I started Little Luvins last year I had no idea where to begin.  I knew I liked to sew, had an incurable addiction to fabric, and wanted to try to turn my passion into something profitable.  My business knowledge ended there.  I was a third grade teacher for 7 years so I knew nothing about setting up an LLC, managing business finances, or creating a business plan that would lead to success.  I read lots of books, became best friends with Google, and begged for help from friends and family.  I’m still learning, but I desperately wish I would have had this book from the start.

Virginia’s book is a fantastic resource for someone that’s interested in starting a handmade business.  She walks you through each step of the process from identifying your customer to the nitty gritty of become a legal business entity.  Each section of the book includes incredibly helpful tidbits and information.  She’s also included informative interviews, tips for photographing your items, and how to package your goods so they look appealing to potential customers.

What sets this book apart from other small business advice books is Virginia provides 16 copyright-free projects to sell.  This is pretty rare and incredibly generous.  I remember searching for patterns when I first started, finding several that I loved, and then quickly discovering that I could’t sell them.  “Personal use only” is what most of them would say; It was quite frustrating. The projects in this book are not only fair game to sell, but can be easily adapted and customized so they become your own.  Even if you don’t plan on selling your wares, this book is worth the project ideas alone.

The projects in the book are broken down into three categories: Useful Items, Best Use of Materials, and Great Sellers.  What I love about each project is Virginia gives you a suggested price point for each.  Pricing has been, and continues to be, one of the hardest parts about selling my goods.  Finding the balance between what people are willing to pay and what is worth your time and investment is difficult.  It was helpful to see the range she would charge for each item.

Tablet Sleeve:
For this blog post I chose to make the Tablet Sleeve from the Best Use of Materials section on p. 96.  My iPad usually sits on our nightstand and collects dust when it’s not being used so I thought this would be a perfect project to prevent that.

I was really happy with the result.  The directions are easy to follow and the sleeve comes together quickly. It’s interfaced and has a layer of batting inside so it’s incredibly sturdy and protective.  The sleeve I made is meant for the iPad 2/3/4, but she includes different measurements for the iPad Air, iPad mini, Kindle Fire, and Nook.
Fabric: All the fabrics I used are from April Rhodes’ Arizona collection.
Arid Horizon-body
Triangle Tokens in Agave-top and tab
Tomahawk Stripe in Night-Lining
Canyon Wall in Canyon-Lining Pocket

Throughout the book, Virginia encourages you to take her patterns and make them your own.  I chose to do some light quilting on the front and back of the tablet sleeve in the spirit of this. DSC_0422DSC_0418
I also added a pocket to the lining to I could store my iPad cord when traveling.  DSC_0387DSC_0390DSC_0414
This project is definitely one I will make again and possibly sell in the future.  It would also be a great gift for anyone throughout the year.
Giveaway: Want to win your own copy of this amazing book? C&T Publishing and Virginia Lindsay are generously giving away 1 copy to a lucky Little Luvins’ reader. If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment below.  Please make sure to include your email address so I can get in touch with you.  The giveaway is open to US residents only.  Winner will be announced Friday, January 9th.  GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

The winner is…#13 Lisa T.  Congratulations!!

Didn’t win the giveaway?  Don’t worry, you can also purchase your own copy on Amazon or C&T Publishing.

Make sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour:Blog Tour

*Disclaimer: I was given a digital copy of Sewing to Sell to review for participating in the blog tour, but the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 21:44h, 05 January Reply

    This is such a great review Shannon … I really really really would love to win this book! This is the first project that I would try too. Thank-you for including so many wonderful photos, your choice of fabric is lovely and makes my mind run wild with all the possibilities in my stash! 🙂

  • Rita aka crescendogal
    Posted at 21:57h, 05 January Reply

    I would LOVE to win this book….your review is SEW comprehensive!!!

  • Gigi
    Posted at 22:05h, 05 January Reply

    I would love a chance to win this book! 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Amy DeCesare
    Posted at 22:08h, 05 January Reply

    I’ve just discovered that this book exists, and it looks intriguing! How great that someone from the sewing world is sharing advice and also fabulous patterns. Your version of the tablet sleeve is gorgeous – looks like a best-seller to me, for both of you ladies!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 22:38h, 05 January Reply

    Would love to win this book! It looks very interesting. I love the tablet sleeve.

  • Jodi
    Posted at 22:55h, 05 January Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity. I new to sewing and loving every minute of it

  • Joy
    Posted at 22:58h, 05 January Reply

    I love her patterns, precise and easy to follow. Would love to win a copy of her book. Thank you.

  • Candy S
    Posted at 23:28h, 05 January Reply

    This book looks like just what I’ve been wanting! My sister-in-law and I are doing craft shows right now but need some info to expand our business. Thanks for your review.

  • Deva
    Posted at 23:32h, 05 January Reply

    I love ginger cakes patterns. It is exciting to see her coming out with a book. I would be great to win one!

  • Terry Marchev
    Posted at 23:44h, 05 January Reply

    What a great giveaway. Sewing to Sell sounds like a great read. I have been contemplating selling handmade items but, it is so intimidating. I love the tablet sleeve you made from one of the patterns in the book. I especially love the Arizona fabric. Fingers crossed to win.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 01:34h, 06 January Reply

    i would love to win!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 01:36h, 06 January Reply

    Thanks for the review! Helpful information. Would love new ideas and projects to sew from this book!

  • Lisa T
    Posted at 01:41h, 06 January Reply

    Your review of the book is inspirational!! As someone also addicted to fabric, but who keeps awful track of spending, planning, etc, it seems like a great fit for me. Great idea with the giveaway!!

  • Tabitha K.
    Posted at 01:44h, 06 January Reply

    What a great book! Thanks so much for a chance to win a copy!

  • Joyce
    Posted at 01:47h, 06 January Reply

    I need this book!

  • Rosalind
    Posted at 04:16h, 06 January Reply

    I would love to win this book as I have so many questions about pricing.

  • Angie H.
    Posted at 09:45h, 06 January Reply

    I’d love to win this book. I have seen so many positive reviews about it so far. It looks like a must read!

  • Janet Rettig
    Posted at 11:01h, 06 January Reply

    I would love to win a copy of this book. It would be so much help to me. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  • Teresa Swiney
    Posted at 11:44h, 06 January Reply

    I would love a chance to win this book, sounds very interesting and I felt that “tingle” of motivation hit AGAIN! I’ve also caught myself in the passion of sewing, embroidery and the LOVE of fabric but have no idea how to start, establish or create a profit for this passion. I find myself giving it away. Your insight on the book gives me hope!
    Thanks for the chance to win !!

  • anslee
    Posted at 13:33h, 06 January Reply

    would LOVE a copy of this book as I’m trying to expand my current little sewing business! thank you!

  • Suzie
    Posted at 14:34h, 06 January Reply

    Thank you for the great post…makes me want to make one soon! Love your choice of fabrics

  • Lori
    Posted at 19:20h, 06 January Reply

    This is exactly what I need! I have been thinking of starting up an Etsy shop lately and this would be incredibly helpful. I love Gingercake products and can’t wait to get more tips from her!

  • Mamalusco
    Posted at 09:12h, 07 January Reply

    This looks like a great book. I struggle with pricing items, also. Thank you.

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 15:09h, 07 January Reply

    This book sounds like exactly what I need right now! I would love to know more about Virginia’s thoughts on pricing!

  • Grace
    Posted at 08:40h, 08 January Reply

    I would love to win this book. I would really like to start a small crafting business, but don’t know how to start. Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:15h, 08 January Reply

    ooooh, awesome review and tablet sleeve! this is such perfect timing for me – I just opened up shop on etsy but still have so many uncertainties!

  • Rosalind B.
    Posted at 22:14h, 08 January Reply

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the great review.

  • Tara Moore
    Posted at 22:34h, 08 January Reply

    Wonderful review of a book I need! I have been in business for 3 years and I am still learning! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

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