20 Ways to Make Crafts Pay

Annette of CraftStew wrote up a great article on how to earn money from Crafts – ideas for businesses and income flows.


She writes:

“With today’s problematic economy, folks everywhere are searching for alternative ways to bring in extra income.  For crafters, our hobby provides an obvious source of extra cash. Four popular income producers are teaching, selling our products, writing and providing services.”

Too true, too true.

You can check out the full list here.


She emailed me about and said you all might enjoy it and I think she’s right. I would like to get back into the Homebased Studio Series and I think this is a good place to start.

I create income from my homebased studio through a variety of means: I teach classes and private lessons here in my local community, sell handmade and hand dyed yarns through boutiques and my online stores, write and publish 2 blogs – cl generates a small amount of ad rev each month, I write articles, patterns and tutorials for magazines and other websites, and I sell paintings and drawings by word of mouth as well as in galleries. Oh and I do mending for people for a small fee. Pretty much any odd job I can get my hands on :)

So now I’m curious, How do you earn money from the things that you make?


Two recent points of news – I have my first Ames area show coming up in October. I’m excited, it’s my first showing of paintings since, well, since I decided to start showing again. And I just added my first for sale pattern to Green Prairie Fibers, it’s for a Raffia Sun Hat that you can crochet. You can see pictures and read about it here and you can purchase it here in the etsy shop.

And with that, I’ll leave you for the day. I have much sewing, painting, and chocolate slinging to do.

Happy Crafting!

One thought on “20 Ways to Make Crafts Pay

  1. What a terrific article! Thanks for all of the great tips. Any chance you could give more detail about item #7? I am very interested in doing something similar but have no experience in how to market economically with both time and monetary resources.

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