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Monday, May 20, 2013

Sew your way into business

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It seems now that baking may be old hat. Sewing is the new trend that women (and some men) are beginning to pick up and run with. This year saw the first showing of the Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC and it showcased the talent and passion out there for the hobby. Why have these kinds of craft hobbies become so popular? James Hesse, the sewing trade association's director, says, "Because people haven't been going out as much and have been cutting back on lots of luxury items, they've turned to their hobbies as a way of escapism."

Sewing, though, is not only an enjoyable hobby; it's a trend you can make a great deal of money from. Many people in the current economic climate are turning their hobbies into businesses. Megan Duckett did just this. Starting by making bedding, drapes, and costumes at her kitchen table in her free time, she soon found her skills were in demand from her circle of friends and acquaintances. Eventually she found that she was making more money from her hobby than her full time job. Alexandra Ferguson has a similar story; after creating pillowcases for friends as presents, her creations were spotted by the right person and the rest was history!

So how do you start a sewing business from your hobby? Well if you have the skills, start small, through friends, local fetes, and market stalls, and the rest should follow. For tips try reading the blog "Ideas to make money at home." The best bit? Anyone of any age can be an entrepreneur!

-Emma Hatherall
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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