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50+ Sewing Crafts That Sell Well

Thinking about what things to sew and sell on Etsy, craft fairs, and other places to make money? This page has info, tips, and lots of free projects.

Updated June 23, 2022
50 Sewing Crafts That Sell Well

We could all use a little more money in our pockets, right? Well, if you sew, then why not use that to your advantage to make some extra cash?

This page is focusing on sewing crafts that sell well. Not only are we offering helpful tips and suggestions regarding sewing for profit, but we also rounded up over 50 sewing ideas, projects, and patterns that you can use for your own new side business.

Whether you want to set up an Etsy account, sell elsewhere online, or take your sewn items to your local craft fairs and shows, you're in the right place.

This guide has the hottest sewing crafts to sell but will also help you excel and avoid common pitfalls novices face when trying to sell in a saturated market with the tips and suggestions included.

Even if you are a beginner, you can still discover sewing ideas to make money with the information and DIYs on this page. If you've been sewing for a while, then you'll be able to expand your project arsenal and refresh your plan.

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What Sewing Crafts Sell Best?

The keys to sewing for profit involve crafts that are:

  1. ...quick, inexpensive sewing projects that are desirable.
  2. ...small and/or easy to transport items (both for you and the consumer).
  3. ...unique enough to attract consumers.
These aren't the only important factors but they are the most important. You want to actually make a profit, which involves planning and patience.

Not every item on this list is a unique sewing project but that's where your creativity and customization come into play. If you're selling a product that can be found elsewhere, you need to either add something special (think a gift card pocket on a coffee cozy), use unexpected or attractive fabric, or price it lower.

By planning and thinking outside of the box, you can make a profit. Be on the lookout for fabric or notion sales, use coupons often, bust your stash, and get creative to keep your profit margins in check.

Best Selling Sewing Crafts in General:
Before we get into specific items, the below list includes the type of items that do well in general online or at craft shows and fairs.

  - Baby items
  - Bags and accessories
  - Gadget holders and accessories
  - Home and kitchen items
  - Pet items
  - Small gifts and stocking stuffers
  - Seasonal and holiday items
  - Travel accessories

If you're thinking this is vague, don't worry. We're going into detail about all of the above and providing as many free patterns we can find to help you out.
 

The True Cost of Sewing to Sell

Anyone trying to sew to sell also needs to keep in mind the time they are putting in. We don't usually pay ourselves outright but, when you sew to sell, you will need to think about the total cost before proceeding.

You have to calculate an hourly rate to make the item(s), the time it takes to create the sales page or time at the craft fair, the cost of materials, and additional costs. Missing any of the obvious or hidden costs and you could accidentally put yourself in the red without realizing it.

Sewing Projects Ideas and Easy Sewing Projects to Sell

All of the categories we mentioned earlier all involve lots of ideas and projects as subcategories, so scroll down to see what each category involves. Use these exact patterns or use them to inspire a unique product that you can sell the way you want.
 

Baby Items to Sew and Sell

No matter what, there will always be babies to make and give gifts to and it's one of the most popular categories for sewing.

The best baby items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Bibs
  - Blankets
  - Burp cloths
  - Headbands
  - Hats
  - Nursing and diaper accessories
  - Onesies
  - Pacifier holders
  - Pillows
  - Teething, educational, and general toys

Best Baby Sewing Projects:

  1. How to Make a Baby Bib (shown below)
  2. How to Make a Soft Baby Blanket
  3. Incredibly Quick DIY Taggie Blanket
  4. Mom's Favorite Wet Bag Tutorial
  5. Sky Snuggles Plush Sewing Pattern

How to Make a Baby Bib

Bags and Bag Accessories to Sew and Sell

Who can't use more bags? From tiny coin purses, crossbody bags, reusable grocery bags, purses, and pouches, there are a seemingly neverending number of bags to make and sell.

Most bags do well but zipper pouches and foldable reusable produce bags are some of the most popular when it comes to sewing crafts that sell well. To stand out from the crowd, choose unique fabric patterns and embellishments.

The best bag items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Clutches and purses
  - Coin purses
  - Crossbody bags
  - Drawstring bags
  - Foldable grocery bags
  - Lunch bags
  - Makeup bags
  - Tote bags
  - Waterproof and wet bags
  - Zipper pouches

Best Bag Sewing Projects:

  1. Five Minute Free Bag Pattern
  2. How to Sew a Zipper Pouch
  3. Mini Minion Zippered Pouch Sewing Pattern
  4. No-Sew Triangle Coin Purse Pattern
  5. Petite Coin Purse Patterns (shown below)

Petite Coin Purse Patterns

Gadget Holders and Accessories to Sew and Sell

Cell phones, laptops, iPads, Kindles, chargers, and charging cords are some of the hottest sewing projects to sell. We all have them and need to keep them protected. Gadgets are expensive and fragile, which is why people are always looking to protect them.

With some pretty fabric, padding, and embellishments, you can create desirable covers, holders, and more for sale. Add helpful details like waterproofing, extra pockets, and unique shaping, and you've got a best-seller.

The best gadget items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - E-Reader covers
  - E-Reader holders
  - Gadget cozies
  - Laptop bags and sleeves
  - Phone cases
  - Phone holders

Best Gadget-Themed Sewing Projects:

  1. Colorful Laptop Sleeve
  2. Denim DIY Tablet Stand
  3. Easy DIY Laptop Case
  4. Electronics Cozy
  5. iPad Cross Body Sleeve for Dad (shown below)

iPad Cross Body Sleeve for Dad

Home Items to Sew and Sell

We have a few sections involving items in the home, but we're starting with the general sewing projects that can be made for any room in the home. Particularly trendy at craft shows is organization.

Once you get the handle on sewing baskets and bags, you won't believe how streamlined the process can be. Especially when you find an easy-to-follow pattern.

The best home items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Bags
  - Baskets
  - Fabric sachets
  - Laundry bags and baskets
  - Pillowcases
  - Rag rugs and scrap rugs
  - Reusable duster cloths
  - Throw blankets
  - Wall art
  - Wall organizers

Best Home Sewing Projects:

  1. Embroidery Hoop Organizer
  2. Grandma's Favorite DIY Sachets (shown below)
  3. Luxurious Wool Blanket
  4. Magic Pillowcase
  5. Nesting Baskets Tutorial

Grandma's Favorite DIY Sachets

Kitchen and Dining Items to Sew and Sell

Even more popular than general items for the home are things for the kitchen. Add in the dining room, and you've got your whole booth ready for selling at any craft fair.

In particular, sewing up reusable products that people spend a lot of money on, can sell well at any craft event. Saving money and focusing on eco-friendly things in the home is important to most people. You can help.

The best kitchen and dining items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Aprons
  - Coasters
  - Hanging dishtowels and reusable towels
  - Kitchen boas (towel scarves)
  - Microwave bags and bowl holders
  - Mug rugs
  - Pan protectors
  - Placemats
  - Pot handle covers
  - Potholders and hot pads

Best Kitchen and Dining Sewing Projects:

  1. DIY Kitchen Towel Boa
  2. Easy Bowl Cozy In 10 Minutes (shown below)
  3. Easy Patchwork Aprons
  4. Easy Peasy Potholders
  5. Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern

Easy Bowl Cozy In 10 Minutes

Pet Items to Sew and Sell

Is there anything cuter than a fluffy pet? Nope! Most people have an animal at home. When it comes to sewing crafts that sell, pet-related products are some of the best. A lot of pet projects can be made using scraps and other inexpensive supplies, which makes them desirable for crafty sellers.

Cats, dogs, and other small animals will love receiving these items and their parents will appreciate having unique and stylish accessories for their furry friends.

The best pet items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Bandanas
  - Blankets and costumes
  - Cat hammocks
  - Collars and leashes
  - Food and water mats
  - Sweaters
  - Toys
  - Waste bag holders

Best Pet-Themed Sewing Projects:

  1. Cuddly Dog Sweater Sewing Pattern
  2. Cute DIY Pet Blanket Costume
  3. DIY Scrappy Pet Leash (shown below)
  4. Dog Waste Bag Holder
  5. Fleece Dog Toy

DIY Scrappy Pet Leash

Small Gifts and Stocking Stuffers to Sew and Sell

Although this section can involve a lot of different things, there are so many little gifts and stocking stuffers to make for the holidays or really any time of the year when you need a quick gift to make (and sell). We love these types of sewing projects for profit because they fit all of our requirements.

They are small and easy to transport, unique, trendy, and stylish. Plus, they are inexpensive to make and simple to price. You can make them in a short period of time, which is perfect for selling. An added bonus is that small sewing projects for craft fairs are ideal because they are easy for consumers to carry around.

The best gift items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Bookmarks
  - Bracelets and jewelry
  - Gift bags and boxes (reusable)
  - Gift card holders
  - Hair clips and bows
  - Makeup removing pads
  - Scrunchies
  - Sleep masks
  - Small plushes and stuffed animals
  - Wallets

Best Gift Sewing Projects:

  1. Burlap DIY Gift Bags
  2. DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
  3. DIY Wallet (...and find more here)
  4. Embroidered Felt Bookmarks (shown below)
  5. Fabric Wrap Bracelets

Embroidered Felt Bookmarks

Seasonal and Holiday Items to Sew and Sell

We all know that Christmas is a crafter's favorite time of year. It's also the most popular holiday for gift-giving. That makes it ideal for when you're searching for sewing crafts that sell well. However, every holiday has amazing sewing projects related to it and you can make whatever works for the time you're selling.

Keep in mind that people both like to get their gifts ahead of time and last-minute so making these things early is always best, but having them when a holiday is quickly approaching is smart, too. Along with holidays, having seasonal accessories is a fantastic idea for any craft show.

The best seasonal and holiday items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Buntings and banners
  - Draft stoppers
  - Fabric flowers
  - Gloves and mittens
  - Hand warmers
  - Hats
  - Headbands
  - Ornaments
  - Outdoor and indoor decor
  - Scarves
  - Table toppers
  - Wreaths

Best Seasonal Items Sewing Projects:

  1. Bernie's Recycled Sweater Mittens
  2. Christmas Stocking Bunting
  3. DIY Rainbow Fabric Scrap Rag Wreath
  4. Easiest Flannel Infinity Scarf Tutorial (shown below)
  5. Flannel DIY Draft Stopper Tutorial

Easiest Flannel Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Travel Accessories to Sew and Sell

Everyone needs to get away and having helpful travel accessories and on-the-go items can help alleviate the stress of getting ready for your trip or having things on hand as you're out and about.

This section doesn't focus solely on vacations but any time you're leaving the house and want things handy. Most of these items are small and popular and all of them make impressive gifts. We guarantee that you'll want to have any of the following in your list of DIY sewing projects to sell.

The best travel items to make and sell include but is not limited to:
  - Coffee cozies
  - Hand sanitizer and lip balm holders
  - Lanyards, keychains, and fobs
  - Lunch bags and reusable food bags
  - Masks
  - Mask holders
  - Purse organizers
  - Sunglasses holders
  - Tissue holders
  - Wine holders

Best Travel Items Sewing Projects:

  1. Buttons and Charm DIY Fabric Coffee Sleeves (shown below)
  2. Comfiest Child Size Face Mask Tutorial
  3. DIY Kate Spade Key Fob
  4. DIY Travel Storage Bags
  5. Felt Earbud Case DIY

Buttons and Charm DIY Fabric Coffee Sleeves

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so I have looked EVERYWHERE for a pattern/template or tutorial for a zippered bottle koozie but cannot find any. I found all sorts of tutorials patterns for can koozies and insulated water bottle holders but nothing for a zippered bottle koozie.You'd normally see them as promotional items being given out free....usually made of neoprene or scuba material. I'd really like to see about making these. Do you know why there arent any instructions on them /or maybe show me the way to one.

The closest we have on our site is: https://www.allfreesewing.com/Miscellaneous-Projects/Wine-Parka

And we found this PDF if it helps: https://www.akdesignsboutique.com/content/HelpDocuments/ZipBeerKoozieTemplateInstructions.pdf Sorry we couldn't provide a better option. Hope this helps. - Krista at AllFreeSewing

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