Quilting is a wonderful pastime, often creatively – therapeutic for both the mind and hands, as both works to prepare patterns and shapes in a continuous tessellation. I often disregard quilting to be an old-fashioned affair; it’s not! The craftsmanship of it all is what can turn an ordinary leisure activity into a possible money – making business.
Stay At Home Moms, Pick Up a Quilt!
There’s a nice little quote that says, Quilting: cheaper than therapy. I find that amusing. But I also find it acutely accurate to the reasons why stay at home moms can generate an income from something so creative and easy to pick – up. And there are tons of ways to learn and connect: courses for beginners, online forums, online quilting tips, YouTube videos, magazines, and books.
Online Quilting Forums
There is a whole community out there waiting to connect! A few to mention would be the Quilting Board, which is an active website with thousands of posts and an active number of participants. They feature threads and sections on things like contests and challenges, general discussions, ideas, advice, resources, and a help center.
There is also the Equilters, QuiltersClubOfAmerica, Delphi forum, and a whole lot more that are straightforward and easy to join. Maybe even subscribe if you’re looking to keep up-to-date with the ins – and – outs.
Turning Quilting Into A Business
The key to quilting can be quite basic; usually involving layers that total to three by threading together multiple coatings that eventually create a warm and thick composition. There is the Wading, Backing, and the Quilt Top. The wading is the cushioning; the Backing usually holds the padding in, and the quilt top can come from various forms of applique or patterns.
Now, to start a quilting business, I would recommend that the mom should first purchase a reasonably priced sewing machine. These don’t have to be extremely pricey, but a good priced machine, say, $1000 – $1,100 would complement you with a firm and solid product. Think of a long-term investment.
Why It Can Be Beneficial
You can work at your pace, build your business plan to what works for you, think of your goals and designs, what profit you want to spawn, do you want to officially become self-employed? And how to market and get yourself out there if it becomes a full – time or part – time regularity.
It depends entirely on you, and if you see this becoming a way of life that can be enjoyable – as you are prone to being at home. It does also help to scan the market and your competition, see what is lacking, and look at who is making what. The key with forums is you can subtly find missing links that need filling.
It can work, and it can be a win–win situation, as you can both find the time to fit this in whenever possible and go about your other duties during the day. Give it a go!