Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing to Sell - Book Review and Giveaway (giveaway closed)






Have you ever dreamed of making money from your crafty/sewing hobby? If you have then you will want to pick up the new book Sewing to Sell from gingercake's Virginia Lindsay


This book is a great resource for those just thinking about starting a crafty (not just sewing) business to those who already have one and are looking for some new ideas and inspiration.  Virginia goes through all aspects of  starting and running your business, from coming up with your brand and vision (VERY important),  planning, materials, all the way to pricing and packaging.

The book is full of beautiful photographs and a TON of helpful hints (Lots of things I WISH I had been told when I started! :) )

Once you have got your inspiration flowing, and a plan in place, She even includes 16  unique projects to start with, and encourages you to make them your own.


It was hard to choose just one to sew up (they are all pretty great) but I settled on the Kid's Messenger Bag.





I love that all the projects are great 'blank slate' patterns, that really allow you to use your style to make them your own.  I also love that most of them are unisex and work for a diverse customer base (important when sewing for craft/trunk shows)

I made two (although I have a TON of ideas for more) with woodland animal appliques.




The only change I made was to omit the trim and add the applique rabbit and deer in felt. I have included the applique pattern for you to use to make your own! You can download the applique pattern here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_8Gt0xYcWcccTlqNzV0NzMtbm8/view?usp=sharing




 Virginia takes the guess work out of some of the most challenging aspects of starting your business. Each project comes with suggested pricing, ideas for packaging and even how to photograph each item! (super helpful)  
Here is an example of my photo set up , She mostly shows you setups using natural light (which I agree is the best), but I had to use my lights since it was a rainy day out. 

I also LOVE that she includes projects to make the most out of your fabric. This is especially great for those that are starting out and do not want to make a huge investment in the beginning. This bag used every bit of the needed fabric, with only a small scrap left over!

I recommend this to everyone who needs a push to get their business started, it is great for inspiration. And to seasoned business owners, it is a super way to rethink your business and to reevaluate your process.


Want to win a copy of Sew to Sell?  Of course you do.  Just leave a comment below by the end of Wednesday, January 21st!  (**Open to American and Canadian residents only)  And follow along on the tour for more chances to win  ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***


 **thank you to Virginia Lindsay who graciously provided me with an e-copy of the book for review, all opions are my own :)

~Christine

50 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. Anyone who has their own business is amazing. I'd love to read about it. It might just be the push I need to take the next step.

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win! This book will be a great resource!

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  3. I'd love to read through this book!

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  4. This book does indeed sound like an excellent resource. I would certainly like to read this book.

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  5. Would love a copy of this book and one of those bags! So cute!

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  6. Love the bags, especially that bunny.

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  7. I love your version of the bags- so cute!

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  8. I would love to have another resource for starting a crafting business! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  9. So cute. Thanks for the chance and the great applique.

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  10. I'd love to win this book! Thank you for the chance!

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  11. finally a chance for Canadians!!! I've been eyeing this book in most of the blog tour and now I can enter! Yay! It looks like a great book!

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  12. This book sounds fantastic! Would love to get my hands on a copy!

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  13. This sounds like something I need! ☺

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  16. I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this! Sounds great for people getting into selling their handmade lovelies!!

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  17. I would love to get all the tips and tricks in this book. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Ok, I really need this book! It looks fantastic!

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  19. I would definitely try some of these projects.

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  20. Cute bag and appliques. I would love to win.

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  21. Looks like a very inspirational book! - Thanks for the chance to win...

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  22. Very cute bags and appliqués. I'd love to win this book!

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  23. I want to win one of these copies so bad! I keep entering, maybe I will win? Thanks for the chance.

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  24. I just received a sewing machine for Christmas and want to start a home based business since I'm a SAHM. This book would be perfect to help me start out! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  25. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  26. I would love to win this for a good bag making friend who lives in Ohio

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  27. I would love any advice I can. I am starting my business this year.

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  28. Always great when you can get advice from someone who has been there

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  29. Would love to win - some great ideas

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  30. I LOVE the stitching around the bunny appliqué! French knots? And this book looks like a great one to have. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  31. Oh my I LOVE your appliqué animals. Such a great way to show an project and how to make it your own. I am drooling over this book!

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  32. I have checked this book out at the library and it's great. It's on my list to buy, but it would be even better to win it. Have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. i have this book on hold at the library - it sure would be wonderful to have my own copy:) Thanks for sharing your beautiful messenger bags - the appliqués are adorable!

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  34. Id love a copy of this book! Sounds like it'll take much of the guess work out of getting started with selling your handmade goodies!

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  35. I'd love to have this book! Sounds like it'll take much of the guess work out of the process!

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  36. This book sounds great, especially the photography help. Also, I love the animal appliqué thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  37. I love your versions of the bag! Thank you for the chance to win. sarah@forussia.org

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  38. I really need to learn more about business as what I'm making is growing into a small business and I'm not sure how to handle it all! I want to still love what I do and not feel pressured.

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  39. I'm trying to start my own business and it's so overwhelming, all the different aspects you have to know

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  40. Love you bag with the deer! I could really use a copy of this book - thanks for the chance to win!
    jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  41. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

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  42. I'm really excited about this book and even more excited at a chance to win a copy! Thank you so much! Nicole at lillyella dot com

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  43. Would love a chance to read the book!

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  44. This would be amazing to win! Thank you so much for the chance! :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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