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 Find 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 projects into real cash:
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1. Become an independent sewing contractor
If you choose to become an independent sewing contractor, you would very rarely need to leave the house.
There are legitimate companies, big and small, 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 turn a pre-made design to life from start-to-finish, someone who does alteration jobs, and so on.
As a freelancer, you’re free to accept as many jobs as you can handle. You can be creating teddy bears today, adding tags to clothing tomorrow, and then back to basics sewing buttons on 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 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 demonstrated your skills, 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
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 for 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 around forever!).
Confused about which site to go with? Here’s a helpful Etsy vs. eBay guide for you!
Of course, you don’t have to sell on either Etsy or eBay exclusively.
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 passively earning machine as well.
Here are some awesome examples:
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- You can teach online (and earn from YouTube, Udemy, or Coursera)
- 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.
Requirements to Do Sewing Jobs From Home
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 and experience.
Independent contractor jobs will mostly rely on your portfolio. For newbies, test jobs can help determine your skill level and land you a spot on 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 how complicated the project is, your skill level, popularity, and expertise. If you’re someone who adds one-of-a-kind embroidery on wedding gowns that sell 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.
13 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 13 legitimate companies and resources to check out:
If you want the most up-to-date remote sewing jobs, start your job 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 at least a couple of dozen hours vetting legitimate companies and making their tiny membership fee more than worth it.
Try searching for positions like “seamstress,” “tailor,” or “production sewer.”
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.
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You can view sewing jobs, from making costumes to sheets, from working with leather goods to assembling plush toys. There are even jobs specific to master patternmakers only.
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!
Brand Ambassadors at Shannon Fabrics help educate shop owners, store staff, and customers about creating beautiful projects with Shannon Fabrics.
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 their Maryland-based sewing team working from home.
You do need to be near Baltimore, MD to attend the trio of sewing classes, offered free by FranciePants to anyone interested in the job.
They’re not currently hiring new sewers, but you can email them at sewing[at]lovefranciepants[dot]com to get on their waiting list.
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 part of its home-based production team.
You’ll need to be able to attend the in-house training at Bainbridge Island in Washington, but once you’ve been hired, you can work with a flexible schedule. You’ll also need to be able to meet weekly pickup and delivery schedules.
Submit your applications on their Careers page.
Test knitters help pattern designers find errors in their patterns and visualize what the finished product actually looks like.
High Fibre Shop is looking for test knitters who have experience and some exposure on social media.
However, they’re not offering monetary compensation at the moment, but you do get to keep your finished work and sell them. You may also get discount vouchers for their shop.
We Are Fiberly connects knit and crochet designers with pattern testers, who can earn cash, free patterns, and yarn for their test knits and crochets.
Register on their site and look for opportunities to work with the best designers today. You need to have at least one year of experience and completed a minimum of five personal projects.
Prototype Studios is a Baltimore, MD based apparel brand looking for a home-based freelance seamstress with at least 3 years of sewing experience and their own sewing machine to help them produce wearable art.
Constant communication is required for showing work progress, and reliable transportation is needed for drop off and pickups.
Payment can range from $20 to $50 an hour. Apply through their Simply Hired job listing.
DIG+CO is a thriving online marketplace specializing in quality handmade goods, as well as teaching craft classes and hosting a community of creators.
If you’re based in Missoula, Montana, you might be interested in creating pillows and bento bags for DIG+CO at home and dropping them off in certain spots.
Contact them through their Contact page if you’re interested.
10. Ardor Active
Ardor Active specializes in swimwear and dancewear. They’re currently looking for part-time sewers from home based in or near Philadelphia, PA who can cut and sew patterns from home as well as iron tags on the clothing.
They provide the sewing machine and all materials needed, such as needles, thread, fabric, tags, etc.
11. Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up is an old company, but they’re still alive and kicking with its global community of demonstrators.
To join, order your starter kits for $99 and receive $125 worth of products.
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.
12. Chalky & Company
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 a starter kit (either a $39 one or $99 one) every month to get a 25% commission minimum. The next levels have a 30% commission but require more sales volume and more downlines.
You’ll be given your own website to sell Chalky & Company products (free for 3 months, $10/month after).
13. Work-at-Home Assembly Jobs
If you’re searching for 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 a while ago, but many of the tips here still hold true today.
Beginners: 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
Even the world of arts, crafts, and creativity can still 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 provide 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.
Are you currently looking for sewing jobs from home? Which one looks interesting? Or maybe you want to start your own home-based craft and sewing business? Share your plans and thoughts with us in the comments!