Moving Forward and Taking Action

I’ve been thinking a lot about my online business, Instead of just buying the bags that I sell, why not make some of the bags myself? That way, I could choose from hundreds of different fabrics and have a better selection of themes to create lucky bags for.

I thought it was a great idea. The problem was that I did not know how to sew. My mother was amazing at sewing but she did all her work by hand. I don’t know why my father didn’t just buy her a sewing machine. It would have saved her a lot of time and effort.

So, what did I do about it?

  • I bought a book off of Amazon. Sewing to Sell- The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business… by Virginia Lindsay.
  • I signed up for the creator pass on Creative Live, where they have thousands of classes, but more importantly, they have a whole section called craft and maker, that I am hoping will teach me a lot.
  • I signed up for a how to make a tote bag class at The New York Sewing Center. Unfortunately, when I got there I found out it had been cancelled. But, they made good and rescheduled me two days later with a private lesson where I learned how to use a sewing machine and made the tote bag below. The instructor, Timothy Westbrook, saved the day.
Tote Bag with Pocket Sewed by Me and Timothy Westbrook
Tote Bag with Pocket Sewed by Me and Timothy Westbrook

So, what does the future hold?

  • I signed up for another class at The New York Sewing Center, where I will be making a cosmetic zip pouch. That still counts as a bag in my book.
  • I may sign up for more private lessons but first I need to practice, practice, practice on my new sewing machine and get used to using it.
  • Definitely, I have more Youtube videos and Creative Live classes to watch and learn from.
  • I plan to go on fun expeditions around the garment district to look for cute fabric.

To conclude, there is a very long way to go before a lucky bag made by me will be for sale in my online shop. The good news is that I am moving forward and taking action towards my goals. Baby steps.



P.S. There are some affiliate links in this post. This means that if you click on the link and buy the product, I will get a small commission. Full disclosure here.

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