Easy Sewing Ideas to Make & Sell

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Sewing skills can be beneficial if you are looking for a way to work from home. For a small fee, you can sell homemade items from many websites. Generating income is possible if the items you make are easy to sew, allowing you to create many that are not too expensive for your customer.

Drawstring Bags

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Drawstring bags are easy to sew and always useful. Cut two pieces of fabric in a rectangle. The size of the rectangle will be the same size as the bag minus an inch in width and 2 inches in height.

Serge all four edges of each rectangle with an over-lock machine. On the sides of the top of each rectangle, fold the fabric to the back ½ inch. Sew from the top of the fabric down 2 inches. Iron the fabric that is not sewn. Fold the top over 1 inch toward the backside of each rectangle. Sew along the bottom of the fabric that is folded. You are sewing the casing for the drawstring. After sewing the casing of both rectangles, place them right sides together. Start at the bottom of the first casing. Sew down around the rectangles ½ inch from the edge of the fabric. Stop sewing when you have sewed around the rectangle and reached the bottom of the other casing. Flip the bag with the right side out. Cut ¼ inch rope twice as long as the width of the bag plus 5 inches. Thread the rope through each side of the casing and tie the ends together.

Baby Blanket

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Select two pieces of soft fabric in colors appealing to a baby. Cut both pieces of fabric to the desired size for the baby blanket. Place the fabric right sides together. Sew around the edges of the fabric, leaving a 2-inch opening. Flip the fabric to the right side through the 2-inch opening. Sew the opening closed. Quilt the blanket together by sewing a pattern on top of it.

Elastic Waist Skirt

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Measure the waist of the person for whom you are making the skirt. Cut a piece of fabric the desired length for the skirt plus 3 1/2 inches and twice as wide as the waist measurement. Fold the fabric in half, placing the edges of the length right sides together. Sew the edges together ½ inch from the edge of the fabric. Fold the bottom of the skirt up 1 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and press with an iron. Fold the bottom up another inch to the wrong side of the fabric and pin. Sew ¾ inch up from the bottom of the skirt securing the hem you pinned. Fold the top of the skirt down 1/2 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold the fabric down again 1 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and pin. Sew ¼ inch up from the edge of the folded fabric. Stop sewing when you have 1 inch left to sew together. Cut a piece of ½-inch elastic the measurement of the waist. Thread the elastic through the casing you have sewed on the top of the skirt. Pull the ends out through the 1-inch hole you did not yet sew. Sew the edges of the elastic together. Finish sewing the casing of the skirt together. Flip the skirt to the right side.

About the Author

Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.

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