We recently received a recommendation to check out the Sew Home Pursuits hubpage from Dame Scribe. Her helpful hubpage is all about starting your own sewing business and is a great collection of resources on the topic. In reality, anyone with a sewing machine and a little free time can start a sewing business. While experienced pattern drafters are always highly sought-after, starting a sewing business does not have to mean creating complicated sewing patterns. Instead, you can sew and sell simple, practical items needed in any home, including blankets, throw pillows, and drapery. The key to sewing simple items is having the right tools and a basic understanding of measurements. Use beautiful fabrics (or print your own fabric) and add fun embellishments with applique, embroidery, ribbons and more. Here is a really simple project for a door draft stropper:
- Sturdy, tightly woven fabric (8″ x 41-45″)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Yard Stick
- Filler- sand, rice, dry corn, aquarium gravel, kitty litter (You can mix in aromatic elements such as potpourri or evergreen tips)
1. Measure the length of your door frame. Most will be around 41″ or 45.”
2. Cut your fabric into a rectangle of the right width (8″) and length.
3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise to form a 4″ wide tube with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out.
4. Sew the length and one end together with a ½” seam allowance. Sew the length and one end again with a ¼” seam allowance. This keeps any filler from escaping.
5. Turn your tube inside out, using the yardstick to help push it out.
6. Using the funnel, fill the tube with the filler, leaving 1 inch at the top.
7. Turn in ½” of the top edge and sew closed. Repeat with another seam ¼” away from the first.