CraftHustleDirectory.co.uk was created to show you just how many possibilities there are for craft-based side hustles.
A bit about me…
I have always been interested in arts and crafts. When I was really young I was all about painting and colouring – I had a poster paint set that my mum would set up for me on my little fold-out table in the conservatory and I would spend ages painting pictures for everyone, I had a distinct style…I would only paint with the black paint or draw with the dark coloured crayons, none of the bright colours, I’m not sure why or what that says about me as a child 😂
Sewing was my next big thing and I got my very own sewing kit for Christmas when I was 8 years old (it was in a Forever Friends wicker basket and had a pair of pink fabric cutting scissors). I would make clothes for our dollies and Barbies, I learnt how to hem trousers then I discovered that cross stitch was a thing and had endless fun making cross-stitch pictures – it’s like drawing but with sewing!
Whenever a family member picked up a new hobby it would be taught to me too – over the years I’ve tried decoupage, whittling, jewellery making, water marbling, tie-dying…you name it I’ve tried it.
About 10 years ago I dipped my toes into the world of selling my crafts, this was back when Etsy was really your only handmade selling platform and I had varying levels of success. All the items were always well received but I didn’t have any idea on pricing or marketing, I was just making things because I liked to and selling them gave me more money to buy new crafting supplies.
Fast forward to late 2016, my sister was wanting to make a fuzzy felt Christmas Tree for my niece so I designed a pattern, cut it out for her and we shared the pictures on Facebook of the cute craft we had made for a toddler and people LOVED IT!
We decided to open an Etsy shop to sell them as people were literally wanting to throw money at us to buy them and the rest, as they say, is history! The profits made that Christmas went towards buying our first Cricut machine and we then spent the next two years learning a lot about marketing, testing out a tonne of new products and making a lot of money for ourselves.
Last year I decided to take a bit of a step back from the business as I still work full time and wasn’t able to put in as many hours that were needed so my sister now runs that Etsy shop, BebeMakes, and the wholesale craft blanks company that we set up, BangOnBlanks.co.uk, full time with her partner and a few ad hoc staff.
I still help out and pick up the excess work that needs doing with regards to creating new products and designs, updating the Etsy Store and listings and general website maintenance and now that life has got back to a bit of a slower pace for me I’m ready to tackle a new challenge – this blog and teaching you all how to make your own creative side hustle businesses.
I’m also going to be launching some Etsy shops of my own over the next few months and I’ll be documenting how that all goes, very honestly and with real numbers, right here