If you’re a Pinterest lover with a passion for crafting or sewing, and have gone crazy for DIY, why not use some of your skills to find sewing jobs from home?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you already know that your special set of skills can also land you various home-based jobs.
If you’re not aware, this post can give you an idea of the crafting and sewing jobs from home that might fit your skills and experience.
3 Ways to Get Started with Sewing Jobs from Home
There is actually no limit to the type of sewing projects you can get involved in, but I’m going to categorize three routes you can take once you’ve decided to turn your handmade side gigs into real cash :
1. Collect Contractor Sewing Jobs Online
If you want to be an independent sewing contractor, you don’t need to leave your home anymore.
There are legitimate big (and small) companies looking to hire skilled people to sew, crochet, or create various products for them remotely.
You can be part of an assembly line, someone assigned to bring to life a pre-made design from start-to-finish, someone who does alteration jobs, and so on.
As a freelancer, you’re free to accept as much jobs as you can handle. You can be creating a bunch of teddy bears today, adding tags to clothing tomorrow, and then back to sewing up buttons for half-done jackets for a local company the rest of the week.
The cool thing about this route is that you can play your strengths and adjust your workload if necessary.
2. Get hired locally, but work from home
You’d be amazed at the availability of sewing jobs on craigslist, FlexJobs, Indeed, and other local job boards. Your goal might be to work from home, but getting hired by a local company might just be the key to reaching this goal.
Local companies seek out seamstresses, crafters, and other creative hands with the right skills set who could help with day-to-day production. These sewing jobs can be performed at home, once you’ve proven your worth, of course.
Probably the best thing about local sewing jobs is that you’ll be paid by the hour. And if you’re lucky, the job may even come with benefits.
3. Start Your Online Business
If you have been an independent contractor for years, the natural progression is to start your own handmade business. You’ve probably collected a varied portfolio or an impressive number of past clients enough to offer your own.
Etsy is the go-to place of anyone who wants to dip their toes into selling their arts, crafts and other products as an online business owner. If you’ve been online for over 20 years, you’re probably more at home with eBay (it’s been live forever!).
Confused where to go? Here’s a helpful Etsy vs. eBay guide for you!
Of course, you don’t have to sell on either Etsy or eBay exclusively. You can also list your handmade creations at ArtFire, Handmade at Amazon, or other sites, but prepare to shoulder varying fees attached to each one.
If you wish to have more control over your online store, then build one from scratch using Shopify or Wix. From here, you can decide on selling ready-made creations, or opening up your doors to custom orders.
If you’re planning to go beyond offering your crafting services or selling sewing patterns, handmade toys, clothes, and so on, you can turn your online business into a passive-earning machine as well.
Here are some awesome examples:
- You can create video tutorials (and earn from YouTube),
- Share top-secret industry suppliers on your blog (then earn from affiliate commissions),
- Hold your own online sewing workshop (with you pocketing 100% of the profit)
- Build a members-only community (of course, with membership fees paid to you)
- Blog about every one of your projects (and earn from Adsense)
… and so on. You get the idea.
Sew-from-Home Job Requirements
These craft-from-home jobs mostly do not require any degrees or formal training, except when you’re trying to land a sewing job from a local company, or if you’re selling custom wedding gowns and other products that require years of industry training.
Independent contractor jobs will mostly rely on your portfolio. For newbies, test jobs can help determine your skill level and land you a spot into a project.
You may think that a sewing machine should be the number 1 equipment requirement you’d have to invest in, but it really depends on the niche you plan to focus on. As a part of an assembly line, you may just be adding sequins by hand for months at a time.
If you’re working on alterations, you may need to sew by hand. But it wouldn’t hurt for a sewing machine to be readily-available when you need it.
If your specialty requires crocheting, knitting, quilting, and other types of crafts, then you’ll most likely have to stock your home with supplies and tools relevant to your trade of choice.
Lastly, because everything you do will be shared, sold, displayed online, you’ll need a computer, camera (even the one from your smartphone will do), and stable internet connection to bring all your handmade goodness into the online world.
How much do Handmade Creators make?
The earnings you can make as a creator of everything handmade can be a mixed bag. If you are paid by the hour for your sewing job, you can expect somewhere between $10 and $25 an hour.
Of course, this will still vary depending on your skill level, popularity, and expertise. If you’re someone who adds one-of-a-kind embroidery on wedding gowns that sells for thousands of dollars, your rate would probably be higher than market rates.
As a business owner, your income has no limit. This is especially true if you’re selling educational materials (tutorials, patterns, workshops), targeting passive income, and selling handmade items all at the same time.
For example, as independent contractors of an assembling line for Craft Works International, you are paid $7 for each “dino” dinosaur you can assemble based off the company’s patterns. The ad estimates that a typical assembler can complete up to 10 dinosaurs each day. This amount can be smaller if you’re new to making stuffed toys, or higher if this is your forte.
12 Resources of Contractor Sewing Jobs
Work at home crafting jobs does seem like one of the easier ways to make money online, doesn’t it?
Well if you are good with your hands and love to tinker with your sewing machine, then this is a dream job you didn’t know you had.
However, the problem most embroiderers, quilters, seamstresses/tailors, and other crafters face is finding legitimate companies with sewing jobs available for independent contractors.
If you’re among them facing this problem, fear not. I’m kick-starting your research and giving you a list of 12 legitimate companies and resources to check out:
If you want the most up-to-date sewing jobs, start your search at FlexJobs.
It’s a paid service (only $15) but they search and filter out jobs from all around the world. Their research will save you a couple dozen hours at least making their tiny membership fee more than worth it.
This Denver, Colorado-based, children’s accessories company is known for its dainty bows and scrunchies.
As a member of Wunderkin Co’s virtual sewing team, you can work on your own hours as long as you finish the weekly quota. The website doesn’t say how many bows you need to make (just that they follow a piece rate model), but an experienced seamstress can reportedly earn from $15 to $20 an hour.
If you have a sewing and crafts blog, becoming a Brand Ambassador for Shannon Fabrics could definitely add some cash to your annual income. The concept is pretty interesting too!
First, Shannon Fabrics make you attend several sewing classes (paid hourly to learn) at their Los Angeles office. Then ambassadors represent the company at various stores, demonstrating how to work a fabric with techniques he/she learned at the workshops.
If this isn’t your thing, you can also sew their kits and trade show items, which can get you anywhere from $6 to $50 per piece.
If you love women’s underwear, you’d be in for a thrill with FranciePants’ sewing job. All of the company’s 100% cotton undies sold are sewn by the virtual sewing team from all over. You do need to be near Baltimore, MD to attend the trio of sewing classes, offered free by FranciePants to anyone interested with the job.
The sewing classes are unpaid, but once you finish all three and are certified to become a FranciePants creator, then a $100 bonus will be paid on top of having the opportunity to work for the company from home. You will then be paid per piece delivered and sew as little or as many as you want.
This work-from-home sewing job can be perfect for someone who lives near Canoga Park, CA (since meetings at least twice a week may be needed). The job involves creating collars for cats and dogs, and paid about $15 to $30/hour (or depending how fast you can sew 10 collars).
Far Bank Enterprises produces high-quality items for the fly fishing industry. The company is looking for someone who can sew, knit, crochet or make jewelry to become a part its home-based production team.
You’ll need to be to attend the in-house training at Bainbridge Island in Washington, but once you’ve been accepted to the job, you can work with flexibly schedules.
Are you a lover of yarn and a master knitter? Check out Stitch Diva Studios for a possible crocheting, lacing, or knitting opportunity.
As a test knitter, you will be given first dibs on a new pattern or project. Some knitwear designers pay for every completed design, while others only pay for those that pass ready-for-sale standards. Payment will vary between $50 and $300, depending on how complex the pattern was used.
8. Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up is an old company, but they’re still alive and kicking with its global community of demonstrators.
To join, pay either $99 or $129 and receive your starter kits. Here’s where the fun begins: as a demonstrator, you create how-to tutorials using the supplies you buy from Stampin’ Up and every time you direct another buyer to the main store, you earn 25% commissions on sales.
If you have a skill for direct sales and a passion for modern painting, check out this program from Chalky & Company. As a consultant, you’ll need to order $150 worth of painting party supplies in a span of 3 months. You’ll be given your own website to sell Chalky & Company products (free for 3 months, $10/month after), then you’ll receive 30% commissions from every sale made through you.
10. Work-at-Home Assembly Jobs
If your search of sewing jobs from home, you’ll probably face more work-at-home assembly jobs than you can handle. Unfortunately, many of these companies do offer legitimate opportunities, but with impossible expectations (imagine: working on 10 onesies an hour to get paid $25/hour).
This post about warning people about assembly jobs was written 3 years ago, but many of the tips here still hold true today.
Almost all of the jobs posted here allow you to sew from home. Earnings would vary considerably based on the type of project and your experience level.
You can view sewing jobs as varied as costume-making to making pillows, working with leather goods to exclusively assembling teddy bears. There are even jobs specific to master patternmakers only.
12. Darby Smart
Sometimes, the company hires beauty bloggers and crafters to demonstrate on video how to use a product or how to create something. Positions are not open all year-round though, so make sure to check back.
Charity Sewing Jobs
Interested, but don’t have much experience yet? Check out charity sewing projects from The Potato Head Project (sew leg warmers for preemies), Judah’s Cloud (sew nappies for UK maternity units), Ties That Matter (sew reusable grocery bags sold for fundraising), and many more.
The Bottom Line
Note that even the world of arts, crafts and creativity still can be infiltrated by scammers. One rule is to never pay cash for “access to jobs” or a “slot at the assembly line.” If you’re unsure, you can always read up on work-at-home scams, which can easily be customized to target people in this industry.
Once you’re aware of the risks and can easily spot scams a mile away, you can definitely turn craft jobs from home into a full-time gig. Work from home sewing jobs give legitimate earning opportunities to crafty people who don’t want/don’t have traditional office jobs. This list isn’t even close to complete, but it sure gives you an idea of what’s “out there.”
I recommend you go big with your own website and expand your network with communities like Ravelry (for knitting and crocheting fans). Try to sell your creations on Etsy or eBay, accept custom orders to push your limits, and build your portfolio continuously.
It doesn’t matter what kind of craft you specialize in. As long as you’re able to mix passive income opportunities with traditional sales, you’ll come a long way in this crafty industry.