Some people have a talent when it comes to crafts, while others simply enjoy spending time creating things. Either way, some amazing things can be made, and there is always a possibility for profit with handmade goods. Of course, it depends on your competition, where you plan to sell the items and who your potential buyers are. But, with a little bit of thought and a little bit of time, perhaps you can create something that will allow you to bring in a little bit of extra income.
Plastic Canvas Crafts
Many people adore handmade items. Some of the easiest ones to make-and sell-are those designed out of plastic canvas. With a little bit of yarn, a big needle and some relatively inexpensive canvas, the possibilities can be endless. For example, a person can make American flag magnets when there is a draw for them-near Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Also, things like little gift baskets and tissue covers are always popular. Near Christmas time, there are hundreds of different ornaments that can be made and either sold in sets or as singles. A crafter could make stars, teddy bears or whatever they feel their potential customers would like.
Something that would draw year-round interest would be something related to people's birthstones. For example, perhaps the crafter can design a teddy bear that has dark red trim for the garnet in January, and then continue through the months. People love things that are personalised.
Knitting and Crochet Crafts
Nothing beats curling up on the couch in the winter months with a handmade afghan, whether it is knit or crochet. There are hundreds of simple afghan patterns that would draw interest from the buyer and are low cost for the person making them. In addition to being low cost, for someone who knows how to knit or crochet, there is very little effort needed to make a simple blanket. And, if the item is designed to fit a certain sized bed-such as a baby crib or a queen-sized bed-a buyer may have more uses for it than just a simple throw.
While you may not want to try to sell handmade mittens in July in Miami, there are several places around the country and around the world where mittens, gloves, hats and scarves would be very well received. By purchasing a handmade set, a buyer can have it personalised to match their coat or their bag. As stated above, many people love having things that are personalised for them. And, making a set of mittens and a matching hat is low maintenance and low cost.
As clothing prices continue to rise in stores, those that know how to knit and crochet are in the minority. They can make handmade sweaters and other clothing articles. While these are not one-size fits all items, if the seller wants to take measurements and orders, it could prove to be a profitable business, provided that things are reasonably priced, of course.
There has been a recent bump in the business of handmade cards, stationary and other paper crafts. Designing and manufacturing homemade cards may take time, but you are also creating a one-of-a-kind piece. Many buyers love to know that they are the only ones in the world with a specific something. This can also apply to stationary, wrapping paper and just about anything else you can think of that can be made of paper. Someone with the ability to bind books could easily produce journals, address books or similar products. At the same time, most people who do paper crafts, truly enjoy the work. So, what is better than getting paid for doing something you love?
From quilting to embroidery to making clothing, the money making possibilities from sewing are also endless. For someone with knowledge of sewing, reading patterns or designing their own, producing products for sale is relatively easy. Whether you make multiple of one product, such as purses or dolls, or expand out and manufacture clothing tailored to individuals, quilts and book bags, there are dozens of things that can be done with a sewing machine.
As a suggestion, work out patterns before you begin selling. Choose an inexpensive fabric to make a few demo pieces to work out the kinks of the design.