I have been sewing since I was 8 years old. I started sewing for others when i WAS 14 and did clothing alterations for my mother’s friends. After I was married and had 2 children, I started two sewing businesses so I could stay home and raise my children and have some income.
Those two businesses were my old standby, clothing alterations, and making custom draperies which I fell into because of a need.
There is an upside and a downside to making a hobby a business. The upside is that you are doing something you love and getting paid for it. The downside is that your business takes a lot of time and you don’t have time to do the fun stuff you might like to do. Also, when I retired, the last thing I wanted to do was sew, so I took a year when I didn’t do anything. Now I am trying to do only fun stuff. My sewing room, though sizable, has become a dumping ground for everything in the house we didn’t know where to put, su now I have to clean it up.
I am going to try to send pictures of my recent fun projects but be forewarned, I am much better at sewing than I am with computers! So let’s hope.
The first pictures I am trying to send are heirloom stitchery angels. I use old laces garnered from antique shops, for some of them. The Pillows I made using leftover cotton drapery fabrics from sample books left over from my business and the fringe on these are also business remnents. The Christmas print pillow was made from ladies’ handkerchiefs. I have made several of these – some for myself and others for gifts. The angels and the hanky pillows I have taught in classes.