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How to make money by teaching sewing

How to start a business based on teaching sewing? You love to sew and are looking for a business idea to make money out of it? Teach to sew is one of the ways how to earn money by sewing. I share my experience from teaching sewing and provide useful tips how to start your own small business.

How to start your sewing business

You love sewing and you are looking for a way to turn your passion into a business? Teach to sew is one of the options how to make money in sewing business. Sewing is experiencing a renaissance and there is an increasing demand for it. You can help others to learn this useful life skill.

You can teach to sew either full time or part time and still keep your day job. You can teach children or adults, beginners or advanced sewests. You can teach at home or rent a space. You can besides teaching sewing do some other related business. My intention was to write a comprehensive and contemporary guide how to start your sewing business based on my own experience.

Diana from Teach to sew

Diana from Teach to sew

What skills you will need

  • How good do you have to be in sewing in order to teach?
  • What other skills you will need to open your own sewing school?
  • Do you need any formal education in sewing to teach sewing?

It is certainly an advantage to have some formal education in sewing, but most important part to start to teach sewing is a passion in sewing. If you really enjoy sewing you will be also motivated to improve your sewing skills over time. A good teacher in sewing beside the technical skills is motivating her students. You should be able not only to explain clearly the technique, but also inspire others for sewing.

I myself do not have any formal education or certificate in sewing. I have started sewing as a young girl already, but real interest in sewing came after I learnt patchwork techniques and quilting.

So I assume that you love sewing and there are things you really enjoy to sew. You might not know how to sew everything. That is ok. So start to teach sewing products you are good at. I have included in my eBook a Skill Assessment template to be more confident to teach to sew.

To be successful in teaching sewing and earn real money you will need beside some talent in sewing also other experience, knowledge and skills. You need to market and sell your teaching services. You need to present what you are good at. You need to manage your finances and plan effectively your time.

Therefore I have included into my eBook beside the basics of setting up a sewing school also how to find students and manage your business on a daily basis.

How much you can earn

I was asking myself at the start:

  • How much I can earn by teaching sewing?
  • What should I charge for a single sewing lesson?
  • How many potential customers are there?
  • What is the competitive situation in teaching sewing?

How much you can earn will depend on many different factors, like price, competition, quality and number of classes, number of students, your costs, need for investment etc.

I do not have any magic formula to calculate the potential income. I provide in my book a simple logic how you can calculate the revenue and what to take into account.

I have opened my sewing studio in Eastern Europe, Slovakia. The average wage is some 900 EUR in 2016. Depending on the type of sewing class, whether in group or individual, I charge currently between 5-20 EUR/hour. In your country could be the situation very different. The final results and success will also depend on the time you can dedicate to your sewing business. Download the Business Case template for free.

Where to teach sewing

Location of your sewing studio has effect not only on your costs, but also on number of students you might get to visit your sewing school.

There are number of options where to teach sewing:

  1. At home
  2. At a fabric store
  3. Rent a space
  4. At your student’s home
  5. At a school or other community space

Each of these options has pros and cons. I recommend making a proper evaluation. Take into account where your students could be and how easily they can get to you.

The location will have impact also on the arrangement of the sewing space and the necessary investment into the equipment and tools.

I am renting a room in a larger office space near to the city center. It is a room of only 18 m2 with 4-5 sewing tables. I was trying to spend on initial equipment and tools as less as possible. Here you can download my recommended Sewing tools and equipment list.

Check out some pictures of my sewing studio.

A partnering with a fabric store might be beneficial even in case you will not teach there. I did myself a check at the start what is available in my town. You can download a free template for Fabric store assessment.


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