How to sew clothes and create the wardrobe of your dreams!
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Includes the Fiore Skirt, Cielo Top + Dress, and Pietra Pants in PDF or print format.
Learn How to Sew Clothing | Sewing Class
Do you want to learn how to sew clothes for yourself? Are you looking for a deeply fulfilling creative outlet? Are you sick of the disposable fast fashion industry and want to make your wardrobe more sustainable?
Welcome to the class designed to to teach you everything you need to know to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams! Spoiler alert: it's not as hard as you think, and the skills and techniques you'll learn in this online workshop will completely transform your closet AND inspire and engage your creativity as you discover the joy of sewing your own clothes from scratch.
Learn How to Sew Clothingis a comprehensive online class that guides you through the entire sewing process and teaches you how to sew clothes from first stitch to finished garment. The first section of the class will walk you through all the key information you need to know to get started. In the second section, we will show you how to construct all three of the garment patterns included with enrollment. You'll develop the skills necessary to sew a modern boxy tee or shift dress, a classic flared skirt, and chic pants or shorts, opening the door to your wildest fashion and sewing dreams. Heather Lou, founder of Closet Core Patterns, teaches each lesson in simple language everyone can understand, so whether you've never sewn a stitch or are simply looking to brush up on your skills, you will feel completely confident sewing and creating a totally unique wardrobe that fills you with pride.
Sewing isn't just a tremendously fulfilling hobby - it's a gateway to loving body acceptance, creative superpowers you never knew existed, and a soothing, mindful practice that helps you escape the ceaseless parade of fast fashion.Learning to sew will — seriously — change your life.
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- How to thread and operate a basic home sewing machine
- How to sew even, straight stitches and troubleshoot tension problems
- Professional seam finishes without a serger, includingFrench seams and bias-bound seams
- How to choose the right fabrics for your sewing projects
- How to set up and stock your sewing space, andtools you need to get the job done
- How to decipher and easily work with sewing patterns (including how to assemble PDF patterns)
- How to take your measurements, choose a size, and do basic pattern modifications to get the best fit
- How to prepare fabric and cut out your pattern with confidence
- Basic hand-sewing skills for a flawless finish
- The key skills to construct the three patterns included with the class, including zippers, pockets, facings, waistbands, hems, darts, sleeves, buttons, and buttonholes, among many more!
- Everything you need to sew your wardrobe with confidence
The skills you'll learn in this class will help you sew just about any garment, but we wanted to include three simple-to-make patterns to help get you started. Our Rome Pattern Collection (sizes 0-32) is designed with beginners in mind, and can be mixed and matched endlessly to create a chic, modern capsule wardrobe.
OurFiore Skirtis a classic A-line skirt with a twist; choose between a simple flared skirt, an asymmetrical wrap skirt, or a button front option. OurCielo Top & Dresshas a modern, boxy shape with multiple lengths and sleeve options. Finally, ourPietra Pants & Shortsare the comfy but sophisticated stuff of dreams, with a sleek, paneled flat front and elastic in the back for the ultimate in comfort. Whether you make one pattern or all three, by the end of thisclassyou will have the skills to tackle all future sewing projects with confidence. Choose between digital PDF files (sizes 0-32) or print patterns shipped to your home (sizes 0-20). New to using PDF patterns? We have a lesson for that!
Cielo Top + DRess
Pietra Pants + Shorts
- TheFiore Skirt,Pietra Pants & ShortsandCielo Top & Dressin print or PDF. Our PDF instructions include annotated instruction booklets to help you follow along while watching theclass.
- A downloadable guide that accompanies the video content, which includes helpful resources like an anatomy of your sewing machine, sewing machine needle chart, and fabric and terminology cheat sheets
- A detailed supply guide to help you source fabric and supplies to help you sew clothes
- Resource lists to additional helpful books and online tutorials
- Watch anywhere video lessons with optional Closed Captioning
Reviews from Real Students
I went from zero to making clothes in 2 weeks! This class is unbelievable. When I started I literally only knew how to threat my machine. By the end I had made so many pieces I was proud of! Now I watch design shows and giggle when people don’t know how to sew a French seem! The class focuses on practical skills and knowledge that can get you seeing clothes quickly! If you’re debating this... don’t! Just take it and be amazed!”
Reviews from Real Students
I really love this class. I love that the classes are a series of videos you can watch anytime, work at your own pace. I don't have a lot of extra time so this is perfect. I've been sewing a little for a long time, but never apparel. Mostly mending and making things with quilting cotton. Nothing fancy. I have really learned so much. I have not finished the class yet, I've finished 2 of the 3 patterns that come with the class. Also, every time I've posted a question or comment an instructor has responded within a 24 hour period. Fantastic and so much fun. Just wish I could do this all day.”
Reviews from Real Students
I loved this course! I had never properly made a garment before and have always wanted to! Since I purchased this course 4 months ago, I have made 7 pieces of clothing. The instruction in this course is SO EASY TO FOLLOW and really connected the dots for me! I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to start sewing clothes and wanting to feel confident about the process. Heather made it seem so easy, the videos and the manuals fill in any gaps. I am now so much more comfortable with my sewing machine, basic sewing methods and reading patterns. Best money spent on something for myself in AGES!”
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SECTION ONE: How to Sew Clothes - Sewing Basics
- Lesson One: Understanding Your Sewing Machine (40:06)
- Lesson Two: Your Sewing Space & Tool Kit (49:52)
- Lesson Three: How to Sew (38:29)
- Lesson Four: Basic Stitches, Techniques & Seam finishes (53:46)
- Lesson Five: Understanding Fabric & Interfacing (30:05)
- Lesson Six: Understanding Sewing Patterns (22:52)
- Lesson Seven: Choosing a Size & Basic Fitting (29:59)
- Lesson Eight: How to Cut Fabric (37:38)
- Lesson Nine: Handsewing (12:49)
SECTION TWO: Sewing the Patterns Included in Class
- Sewing the Fiore Skirt (105:25)
- Sewing the Cielo Top & Dress (94:38)
- Sewing the Pietra Pants & Shorts (46:58)
Meet Your Instructor
Heather Lou is the force behind Closet Core Patterns and Core Fabrics. As a pattern designer and sewing educator, she has been writing and teaching about sewing for over a decade, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in sold-out sewing workshops across North America & Europe. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine.
With her contagiously positive attitude, Heather’s teaching style is fun, approachable, and filled with helpful tips and techniques to help you transform the outfits in your imagination into a self-made wardrobe you love — not one you’re limited to buying off the rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm pysched to learn to sew my own clothes! How do I sign up to get started?
Welcome to theclassthat will easily teach you to make your own clothes! To get sewing, click on the button at the top or bottom of this page, choose your pattern format, and you'll be automatically enrolled in your course after checkout. The link to login to the course will be sent to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it after finalizing your purchase.
When does the class start and finish?
The beauty of Closet Core Patterns’ onlineclasses is that you call the shots on when they begin and end. Learn to Sew Clothing is a completely self-paced, online course, which means you get to decide when you start, when you finish, and how many times you replay it.
What will I need to get started?
Before you get started, we’ll share a complete supply list, along with information about where and how to source everything on said list. At the very least, you’ll need a sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins, marking tool and fabric.
How long does the class take to complete?
It’s up to you! To give you an idea of how long the entire class is start to finish, the first section of "beginner basics" runs just over 5 hours long and comprises 9 lessons total. The second section, which focuses on specific techniques for each pattern, has a runtime of 3.5 hours. Binge watch them in a weekend, or do a little at a time. You can return to the classas many times as you’d like, and there’s no time limit for you to complete in.
How do I get my patterns?
Please choose between PDF format (in sizes 0-30, which you can print at home or at a copy shop) or print patterns we'll ship directly to you (currently only available in sizes 0-20). If you select the PDF format, you'll be able to download your patterns immediately after checkout, or by using the download link sent to you via email. Print patterns will be shipped in 5-10 days.
Can I used any pattern when following along with class?
This classcovers everything you need to know to sew your clothes, so feel free to use any pattern you like when following along! The second section focuses on techniques specific to the the three included patterns, but these tutorials can be applied to other patterns as well.
How long can I access the class?
All day, ‘erryday. But for real, this class includes lifetime access. After you enroll, the classis yours, which means you’ve got unlimited access for as long as you like, across all devices for all of eternity.
Based on 112 reviews
This course hits the right balance between giving you enough content to get started without overwhelming you. I also really appreciated that the class starts with things like how to pick a sewing machine, what tools to buy, etc before jumping into sewing. It is truly a beginner course and doesn’t assume that you already have your supplies or know anything about sewing.
Taking my sewing to the next level
I've sewn for a number of years, but I do more sewing for costumes than for regular wearable clothing. I took this class to up level my skills for a more sturdy, finished, and polished look. The class helped me increase my confidence and I'm looking forward to taking the blazer class next!
I'm so glad I decided to enroll in the Learn To Sew Clothing course. Heather is an excellent teacher; not only does she really know her stuff, her passion for the subject shines through. This course is more than great value for the money, it's a bargain.
Very informative instructional series
I have recently returned to garment sewing after a 3 decade break. I was mostly new to independent patterns although I had used some waaaay back when I made my daughter hand smocked garments. So I felt that this serious would help me brush up on my sewing skills and be a good intro to indie patterns. It delivered! And I learned so much that I never knew (I now know how to properly press a seam)! The info on sewing tools & other resources was also very helpful. I have enjoyed the patterns (thank goodness for the video helping with doing the Pietra pockets!)
I went from zero to making clothes in 2 weeks!
This class is unbelievable. When I started I literally only knew how to threat my machine. By the end I had made so many pieces I was proud of! Now I watch design shows and giggle when people don’t know how to sew a French seem! The class focuses on practical skills and knowledge that can get you seeing clothes quickly! If you’re debating this.. don’t! Just take it and be amazed!
Engaging and inspiring!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Learn how to sew class! Heather is a phenomenal teacher; her lessons are clear, engaging and inspiring. She instilled the confidence and the knowledge I needed to begin my sewing journey. I love the patterns included in the course and I see myself making many versions of these garments as they are so classic and wearable. I will be back for more classes for sure!
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Flower Power EcoVero Rayon Challis - Blue + Yellow + Black
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It worked out (to my relief)
I bought two of the kits thinking I would make the dress (not shirt) and didn't think to look at the sizes and the fabric requirements - I just assumed that the kit would have enough fabric to make the pattern shown in the illustration. Once I read the pattern, I realized that, according to the pattern, I needed more fabric than was offered in either sized kit. I texted with the folks at Closet Core. It turned out for my size, there was enough fabric in the kit, though that is not what the literature would have you understand.
It all worked out and I am pleased with the dress. I did look at Youtube to find out how to make thread belt loops, though.
Love core patterns! Looking forward to sewing with the beautiful fabric too
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I wanted a bright tee for high visibility when cycling along roads and on shady rail trails. This color is bright! Fabric is soft and sews up easily - not a lot of curling at the edges like some jerseys. Although it initially felt very drapey, once I had the tee made up it had enough body to skim the body without being clingy. I haven't yet had the chance to wear it to test its moisture-wicking quality.
This IS lovely fabric but, I found it a little tricky to work with. I'm not a beginner; I'd call myself intermediate. I'm rating this four instead of five because after reading so many glowing reviews I decided I had to have this fabric, but I also want to let potential buyers know what to expect. (After working with it I went back and re-read the reviews and discovered many of the reviewers had not actually sewn it up yet.) It is slippery- no problem. I straightened the grain and pinned the fabric to paper to cut out. It wrinkles easily but irons well - with a press cloth and mid temp iron. It has no ease what so ever, so attaching the collar on the shirt I made was tedious. I think if you choose your pattern wisely and you are patient and meticulous you'll be rewarded with a lovely garment. I made the Style Arc Monty shirt but I don't think it was the best pairing; the simpler the pattern the better. I see they recommend the CC Amy jumpsuit which would be a great choice
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Sewing is generally a solitary hobby. While I like the solo time, I also like to talk about it, share with people who aren’t going to just smile and nod, and feel connected meaningfully to sewing folks. Crew does this for me through its awesome community forum app and monthly videos with the Closet Core Team. I committed to a year to get a year membership to revive my sewjo. The connection I’m feeling again to sewing is exciting, and that’s even without the great patterns!
If you're completely new to dressmaking, it's better to make a really good job of a simple garment than a dog's dinner of something that's far too complicated! My advice would be to start a printed pattern that's been created for beginners.” A sewing pattern gives you all the tools you need to make a garment.Are sewing patterns good for beginners? ›
If you're completely new to dressmaking, it's better to make a really good job of a simple garment than a dog's dinner of something that's far too complicated! My advice would be to start a printed pattern that's been created for beginners.” A sewing pattern gives you all the tools you need to make a garment.Can I learn sewing by myself? ›
However, the truth is, that you simply need not be intimidated. I am here to tell you that you do NOT need to be an expert seamstress to receive great joy by sewing your own masterpieces. You CAN learn to sew! In fact, just like me, all you need are the basics in order to get started.Can I learn how do you sew clothes online? ›
Yes you can learn to sew online. However I think you will advance quicker if you are able to take at least a few in person sewing lessons or a quick demo by a sewing friend, especially when it comes to pattern making, fitting and tailoring techniques.What is the easiest item of clothing to sew? ›
When it comes to fabric, I like to go with woven fabrics like linen or cotton just because I find them so much easier to sew with. They don't have a lot of stretch and won't slip around as much while you're sewing them, so they're great for a beginner.What is the easiest type of clothing to sew? ›
Soft and a bit thinner than fleece— flannel is the coziest beginner-friendly fabric to sew with. (I made my first apparel garment out of fairy printed flannel). With a looser weave than most other cotton, it's easier to pull on the fabric when seam ripping mistakes.What is the hardest garment to sew? ›
- Leather. One of the toughest things about working with leather is that it is. ...
- Sheers. In sharp contrast to leather, sheer fabrics like chiffon, georgette, voile, organdy, and organza are tricky to work with because they're so soft and delicate. ...
Precision: Hand sewing gives you the most control, hence why it is great for smaller projects, decoration, and repairs. You can choose exactly where the stitches go, the length of the stitches, and exactly how you want to attach fabric.How many months to learn sewing? ›
Learning to sew is a lifelong skill available to anyone willing to learn. It can take anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks to feel comfortable with the craft and progress from there. Patience is key, and the result of making something with your own hands is one of the most rewarding feelings.What is the best practice fabric for beginner sew? ›
Cotton. Arguably the easiest and most forgiving fabric is cotton. Its versatility and different weight options ensure multilevel crafts, from simple pieces to detailed garments. Consider starting with shirts, skirts, pants, bags, blankets, pillow covers, or other easy patterns.
Online sewing classes can provide basic sewing knowledge to more advanced techniques. The following are a few additional benefits of taking online sewing classes. Online sewing classes can fit into a busy schedule. Students can complete the tutorial and project at their own pace.How long does it take to learn how do you sew professionally? ›
IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO PRACTICE!
With the time it takes to purchase your first sewing machine, learn how to set it up, thread it, sew a straight line, & hem you can and most definitely will be a pro at the basics in a week or less! I give it a week with daily practice.
It is the art of manipulating and shaping a flat piece of fabric to conform to one or more curves of the human figure . Pattern making is a bridge function between design and production. A sketch can be turned into a garment via a pattern which interprets the design in the form of the garment components (Cooklin).What are the rules for pattern making? ›
What are the steps in pattern making? Conclusion. To create a simple pattern, a pattern maker would have to follow five essential steps: gathering their material, taking proper measurements, adding styles and designs, grading their design, then draping it to result in the final garment.What are the 4 patterns? ›
The four patterns noted above – comparison and contrast, cause and effect, division and classification, and process analysis – are very common in academic as well as everyday thinking and writing.What are the Big 4 sewing patterns? ›
“The Big 4” – Including McCall's, Vogue, Butterick, and Know Me Patterns collectively under brand Something Delightful.What is the oldest sewing pattern? ›
The first paper patterns were designed by Ellen Curtis Demorest. Starting in 1860, these patterns were sold through a magazine, Mme. Demorest's Mirror of Fashion. The American tailor Ebeneezer Butterick was the first to create a graded sewing pattern in 1863.How do you sew clothes like a professional? ›
- Start with the Right Sewing Machine. ...
- Always Read Through the Manual. ...
- Take Classes Anywhere You Can. ...
- Adjust Stitch Lengths. ...
- Master Your Cutting Skills. ...
- Match Thread and Fabric Colors, with One Exception. ...
- Start Pressing Your Seams. ...
- Practice Maintaining Your Sewing Machine.
Wool is the weakest of all-natural textile fibers.Is it cheaper to make your own clothes? ›
Likely not. All clothes are made by hand. If you can buy a garment for the same cost as the fabric it takes to sew the garment, that company is cutting costs on human labor—and likely the quality of fabric.
The most common construction stitch is a straight stitch. This stitch is ideal for sewing woven fabrics.What is the best no sew method? ›
There are two great ways to attach fabric without sewing: fabric glue or a fusible bonding tape like Dritz Stitch Witchery. If you have a sewing machine, sewing is often still the fastest and most reliable method for many projects, but fabric glue or Stitch Witchery are great alternatives.What type of fabric is best for clothing? ›
Natural woven or knitted cotton fabric is super comfortable and one of the best fabric to make clothes with. It is a breathable fabric and can make you feel cool even when the temperature is hot. The best thing about sewing with cotton is that it is easy.What is the most fragile fabric? ›
Silk: Delicate Cleaning
Silk is not only one of the more noble fabrics, but also one of the most fragile ones you will have in your closet.
A backstitch is one of the strongest hand sewing stitches. The backstitch gets its name because the needle goes into the fabric behind the previous stitch. On the contrary, with a running stitch, the needle simply passes through the fabric an even distance in front of the previous stitch.Why do homemade clothes look homemade? ›
If the fabric is wrong, no matter how good you sew, (you can use every professional construction technique you know), your garment will still look homemade. If the fabric is stiff when it should be soft and drape nicely or soft when it should have body and stand firm, it will scream “homemade!”.Am I too old to learn how do you sew? ›
No, it's never too late. Just doing art will make you happy, especially if you don't compare yourself and just start…Is sewing a profitable skill? ›
Sewers at any skill level, even novices new to the craft, can turn their sewing skills into income. As your skills improve, your profits will grow right along with them. This might surprise you, but some savvy sewists turn their hobby into a full-time business.How can I learn to sew better? ›
- Cutting Patterns Carefully. ...
- Measuring Seam Allowances. ...
- Pay Attention to the Details. ...
- Press Fabric Properly. ...
- Make Use of Sewing Gadgets. ...
- Make Mistakes and Learn from Them. ...
- Press Seams as You Sew. ...
- Choose Quality Fabric.
Perhaps the most obvious use of math in sewing, and by far the most often applied is the concept of units and measurement; they are necessary to describe real-life distances, ratios, and every aspect of pattern making.
Sewing isn't hard, but it's not easy either. It takes serious effort and commitment to spend time and money to learn this life-long skill. Some days are easier than others. When you get down, remember patience, practice, and the process will help you reach your sewing goals.Is sewing a difficult hobby? ›
Learning to sew takes time and patience, but it can certainly pay off once you know the proper techniques. You can sew some things by hand, but if you're serious about sewing larger items and doing it more frequently, you'll want to purchase a sewing machine.Is sewing a good life skill? ›
Sewing is a life skill that can save you time and money. In addition to those practical savings, sewing can be a tool for teaching important life skills such as perseverance, patience, concentration, and creativity.What is considered as the most common fabric for beginners in dressmaking *? ›
Cotton lends its name to a wide range of fabric types. Soft lawn, gingham prints, and flannelette all fall under the cotton label. Cotton blends well with other fabric types like polyester and rayon. If you are a beginner sewer, then pure cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to start sewing with.
Even the smallest, pocket-sized handheld machines are bulkier than a small sewing kit and may require additional materials like batteries or an extension cord. Other sewing machines take up space in a room, a closet or a tabletop, even when they aren't in use.Is a computerized sewing machine good for beginners? ›
A computerized sewing machine is definitely more complicated to use than a regular sewing machine, and if you're a beginner it might take some time to learn how to use all the features. However, once you know how to use all the features it can be a lot of fun to sew with and can save you a lot of time.Should I learn to sew my own clothes or is sewing too expensive? ›
Sewing can cost as much as ready to wear, but the benefits of learning to create your own style to fit your unique form are wonderful! As you learn, you will come up with ways to be frugal and efficient, too. Since a lot of manufacturing clothing is overseas, it's cheaper to buy.Where do I start if I want to learn to sew? ›
Household items can often be some of the easiest sewing projects to get started on. Clothing can be more difficult, so starting with things like blankets or pillows or even burp cloths or key fobs can be simple sewing projects to start with.Can I learn sewing in 6 months? ›
For a beginner, you may need to spend at least 6 months to master the basic things that sewing entails. Once you learn the major things in sewing, you may not need to spend too much time taking professional courses - there are advanced courses that run from a few weeks to months.Can you make your own clothing patterns? ›
You start by finding a garment that you like that fits well, and then create a pattern by tracing around the different sections. True up the different sections to make sure that when they're sewn together, they fit together perfectly. And when the fit is good, you develop other styles from it.
The qualifications you need as a pattern maker include technical skills and job experience. You can learn the craft of pattern making at a technical or vocational school through fashion design, patternmaking, or apparel technology program. You may wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in fashion design.How many designs do you need to start a clothing line? ›
Overall, it's best to have at least ten or so. When starting your first collection, keep it in that area, and you can reap the benefits from market research in no time. Again, a lot depends on other factors like your target market, clothing manufacturers and their MOQs, and where you're selling your product.Can you sell clothes you make from a pattern? ›
Technically, unless the designer has gone through the extensive process of specifically Copyrighting the finished products, you can sell finished products made by any pattern out there as long as you make it known that you did not design it.Is there an app to create sewing patterns? ›
With MakeristAR you can easily transfer sewing pattern pieces directly from your smartphone to fabric using Augmented Reality!Is it illegal to copy sewing patterns? ›
To Recap. Sewing patterns are copyright protected under US Copyright Law. This means that you may not make copies of the pattern or sell it, regardless of whether you have the original copyright registration. It is also illegal to share a copy of the sewing pattern with someone else without their written permission.What schooling do you need to be a pattern maker? ›
The education needed to be a pattern maker is normally a bachelor's degree. Pattern makers usually study graphic design, business or fine arts. 40% of pattern makers hold a bachelor's degree and 37% hold a associate degree.What qualifications do you need to be a pattern maker? ›
- High school diploma or GED.
- Previous experience as a Patternmaker.
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints and design models.
- Proficient with computer drafting software including CAD.
- Excellent fine motor skills.
- Experience with measuring, snipping, milling, and cutting tools.
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So, How Much Does It Cost To Start A Clothing Line? Depending on whom you choose to work alongside, starting a clothing line could cost anywhere between $500 to $10,000. If you're an established designer, it will probably cost you upwards of $25,000 to $50,000.How much money i need to start a clothing business? ›
Like any business of any size, the startup costs will depend on how large you want the business to start out. A small clothing business will need about $500, a medium-sized line between $1,000 and $5,000, and a large line might need up to $50,000.
The U.S. Supreme Court also addressed this issue in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, stating that “two-dimensional designs appearing on the surface of [clothing]” including “combinations, positionings, and arrangements” of shapes, colors, lines, etc. are protectable by copyright.Can a clothing pattern be copyrighted? ›
You cannot copyright the idea behind a sewing pattern, so if you created a pattern for a new kind of shirt, you cannot protect your idea. You can't stop others from making and selling a hat just like yours, but you can copyright the specific graphics you used on your pattern, along with the text of the instructions.Can you sell cross stitch made from a pattern? ›
Selling Cross Stitch Online. Making cross stitch is an awesome way to spend your time, however, there's always that one thing in your mind, the question everyone always thinks about “Can I make money from this?”. Luckily, the answer is yes. There are LOADS of people selling cross stitch and cross stitch patterns online ...