Quilt BusinessCraft Business Ideas Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Quilts are something that everyone requires to keep warm, especially during the winter months. That’s why starting your own quilt business can be a fantastic way of making some extra money.
The internet has made it possible to start lots of different types of businesses for different reasons. It means that you can sell your products internationally even if your business is only based at home.
You can offer custom quilts which you make by hand if you prefer. Mass produced quilts would be another option and these could be sold to retail outlets or to the public directly on the internet.
Starting a Quilt Business
There are actually different ways to start a Quilt business which don’t require opening a retail store thereby saving money on renting or buying a shop.
You could for example offer custom made quilts which are made to order. If this is the case then you should let your family and friends know that you are making handmade quilts. You might find that someone with an upcoming marriage or birth may consider purchasing them.
Another potential method is to sell your quilts to gift shops, try to choose a gift shop which specializes in selling handmade items.
There are lots of different furniture stores which might also be suitable; these are the ones which sell country furniture. You might also be able to get some promotion by encouraging them to display your quilts on beds and furniture.
Sometimes an antique store will also be interested in displaying some of these quilts because they look traditional even if they are new.
Craft shows are another fantastic outlet and to make this possible you should take lots of your contact information with you. If anyone shows interest but doesn’t part with any cash then give them a business card so that they can think about it.
You could also start up your own quilt show in a library or public hall. You should be able to hire a hall for use relatively cheaply. Advertise the event using flyers and post cards. Have a guest book so that everyone can leave their details if they are interested.
You don’t have to stop at making just quilts; there are actually a wide range of other items that you can make. There are lots of crafts which can be applied to your business to expand it and make it even more popular.
More ideas include:
- Kitchenware – Place mats, bread baskets, napkin rings, covers, holders, table runners and oven mitts
- Home Wares – Pillows, Curtains, Drapes
- Fashion Accessories – Purses, Covers, Glass Cases, and Diaper Bags among others
- Clothing – Jackets, Vests
If you’re a creative person then you should be able to turn your hand to quite a few different ideas that include:
- Picture Frames with Quilting
- Quilted memos
- Photo Albums
If quilting is something that you thoroughly enjoy then you could design quilts which look more like paintings. You could offer a service where you make custom quilts of people’s homes and gardens.
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