Before having my little girl I started teaching myself how to sew ( with the the help of mum) I began making quilts for everyone of my friends that were having a baby. Shortly after having my little girl I needed something that would help control my anxiety so I began to buy ribbons to make hair clips and headbands for my little girl, tulle to make tutus for her and my friends babies. As soon as. I started I couldn’t stop! I kept seeing different ideas online and coming up with my own and eventually I had so much I decided to sell them at a market. With rave reviews from friends and others I thought maybe I should start a Facebook page. Very amateurish of course but it got stuff out there. Since then I have expanded to making bibs, dummy clips, hair clip holders and knot headbands. I have been to a few markets but sometimes it doesn’t work out worth it. I turned my anxiety into a very fun and sometimes expensive hobby. I would like to make it more than that and am hoping that someone reads this has any advice for me. Even if it doesn’t turn into anything I know I have the outlet I need and I know have the confidence to create cool things my daughter loves! Hopefully one day I can teach all this to other people/ kids!

Posted by Shay, 19th June 2015

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  • I tried to turn my hobby into a business, I do sometimes still get some small orders, but I’ve found a lot of people assume handmade means cheap and crappy.. I spent so much time making what I sell and get offended when they want it cheap or free


  • Thanks wonderful! Being able to turn something that you enjoy into a solid income would be even better still. Afraid I do not have business advice for you but maybe keeping your finger on the pulse for what’s wanted/needed by others out there would help shape what you make and to what qty. Styles and trends are always changing and I can see that’s where money would be spent without being recouped if you do not have the market to sell your items to. Maybe if you are able to first sell/clear what you have made before you buy stuff to start sewing again? But to still keep your creativity flowing make up a sketch/idea book for when you are due to build up your stock again.

    • Sorry, forgot to say Thanks for sharing! and good luck!


  • that’s great for you! I’ve found a lot of homemade crafty Facebook businesses and I’m amazed at what people can create!


  • Have a look at Etsy, I think that would be a good place for you to sell. You need to get a Paypal account so that you cn take credit cards too!
    What about doing a party with some friends, invite the around for drinks and to buy gifts around November, in time for Chistmas?
    Well done with managing the anxiety too. That is anacievement you should be proud of!


  • Congratulations, its always good when you find a passion and turn it into a job!


  • Good on you for following your interests. Is there any local shops that might sell some of your stock. The hairdresser I go to sells clips, jewelry etc from a local mum who makes that kind of thing

    • I think that’s a great idea.

      • Good idea. I’ll see if the local businesses will do it!


  • You sound very clever!i wish I knew how to sew. Sounds like you’re on the right track add far as selling at markets. Perhaps look at the type of markets you’re attending – are they general craft or are they baby and kids ones? I imagine you’d sell more at baby and kids markets, however you’d probably have to work harder to stand out from the crowd. Are your clips etc attached to little cards with your logo/a cute creative design? This might help to elevate your products, making them look a little more professional…. Good luck!

    • The logo idea with cute tags is a good idea.


  • Congratulations on turning your anxiety into a positive activity! You daughter would be styling some very cool things! Good luck with the venture!


  • Good on you! Sounds like you are very talented! Hopefully someone with a small business on this site can give you some good advice. Best of luck!


  • it is great that you can do this. i love homemade head bands.

    • i used to sew some barbie clothes as a kid. thanks for sharing your story. Maybe you could teach us how to make some headbands and bows etc

      • I’d love to teach……that is my profession! wouldn’t know where to start.


  • Every great business started with a small dream…


  • I assume that selling online might be more cost effective than going to markets – but I don’t really know.


  • Good for you. Facebook business are often great to start out. Have you thought about an eBay store?


  • Good luck to you. I am sure you will do well! Facebook is great for getting your name out there!


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