See my totally true past income reports HERE and see exactly how much money I make each month crocheting! I spell out every way I make money and how my business works for me.
Since I first picked up a hook a few years ago, I knew I didn’t want this to be just a hobby. I wanted to make some money doing it, be it a little side income or (the dream) a full-blown career.
Through lots of research, trial and error, I’ve learned several ways to make money crocheting – there really is an option or two for everyone here. So put down your hook for a quick minute and learn how to make a few dollars with yarn!
Follow my easy 3 step guide to starting a DIY blog HERE!
You’ll be off and running before you know it.
For this one, you’ll need to be a bit tech savvy as well as crochet savvy (as long as you can click a mouse, you can create a blog!).
Whether your blog is about your adventures crocheting or a place for you to circulate free patterns, there is money to be made in the blogosphere.
In the early 2000s when blogging first got going, there wasn’t nearly the opportunity to make a living at it like there is now – so don’t be discouraged!
At any rate, to make money blogging you’ll need to monetize your website. Some of the most popular monetization routes are
- Ads – Google Adsense being the biggie (click HERE to see why I left Google Adsense and how I’ve been making quadruple with a different Ad network!)
- Affiliate links – you get a small percentage of purchases made through links to products on your site
- Sponsorship – get sponsored by yarn or crafting companies (often in the form of free supplies!)
2. Sell your finished crochet items
Do you make scarves? Or blankets? Do you make a hat and everyone says “make me one of those!”? This may be the way for you to start making money crocheting!
This is a great option also because you can work on items to sell part time, full time, or just every once in a while. There are also lots of different places to sell your creations, and lots of different people to sell to.
Some places you may sell your finished crochet items are
- Local craft fairs
- Farmer’s markets
- Consigned through retail boutiques & local businesses
- Create a shop on Etsy
- Through a business page on Facebook (share with your friends!)
- Collaborate with local businesses to host a crochet pop-up shop
Now, I would list some great finished crochet items to sell, but you really can sell anything. There are markets for everything from baby things (try a pop-up shop at a baby boutique) to coffee cozies (consign with your local coffee house).The possibilities are endless – even if you’re saying to yourself “I just learned to crochet and all I can make are hats and scarves” – perfect! Make lots of different colors and get them listed on Etsy.
The great thing about this avenue of making money crocheting is that it is instant. Once you finishing crocheting an item, it is available to be sold. And once that item is sold, that is money in your pocket.Or if you’re selling made-to-order items on Etsy, the cash is in hand before any time is spent crocheting. That’s some pretty quick payoff!
Anyone can sell what they make – there is no prior experience needed for this job! And who knows, your hats and scarves may take Etsy by storm until you can’t keep up with the demand.
- Sell the pdf pattern file on Etsy
- Sell the pdf pattern file on Ravelry
- Sell the pdf pattern file on Patternfish
- Submit your pattern to a crochet magazine – most pay designers for featured patterns
- Sell your patterns at craft fairs – many who attend these fairs are crafters too
- Sell your patterns at yarn stores