05 Jan 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.
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.
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.
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.
I also added a pocket to the lining to I could store my iPad cord when traveling.
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!!
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*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.