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Make Some Extra Cash by Making Homemade Goods

Feeling the pinch this new year? Most of us overspend and overindulge during the festive period, leaving us a little down come January. It’s a long, cold month and it can seem like forever until the next payday. If you have an eye for detail and a crafty disposition, why not consider making things at home to sell? If you have a real talent, you could even set up your own home business. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Clothing

If you already know how to make simple dresses or more complex designs, then there’s nothing stopping you. Even basic knowledge can provide the means to make items such as pillow cases, purses, money pouches or aprons for example. Homemade, authentic items are all the rage right now, so why not get on board? Bespoke costumes or dolls clothing is another great area to get into. For easy-to-sew Cotton Poplin Fabric, visit

  1. Jewellery

Everyone loves handmade jewellery because it is so personal and unique. Making jewellery at home is beneficial as it’s small, lightweight, easy to carry and display or post if selling online. There are huge choices in materials which are all freely available. If you have some creative flair and a passion for bling, then this could well be your thing.

Luxury soap, bath bombs, and body scrubs will never go out of fashion. Most people adore a relaxing soak in the bath, spoiling themselves with an array of beautifully smelling and moisturizing lotions and creams etc. Sensitive skin and organic products are particularly popular. Soap making is a lot of fun, with a whole range of materials available, such as molds, colored dyes and an endless array of gorgeous aromas to add.

  1. Candles

In the same way as soap, candles can be made fairly simply with a wide variety of shapes, sizes, scents, and colours. Finding interesting candle holders to make your pieces stand out is another way to increase the saleability of your goods. For example, you could use mason jars, lanterns, seashells or glass.

  1. Kitchenware

If painting is your pleasure, then why not consider purchasing plates, bowls, cups or glasses and hand painting them with original designs? Personalised items are on trend right now, so you could offer a personalisation service. Items like this are fun to create and make perfect gift ideas.

  1. Personalised Pet Goods

As a nation, we are crazy about our pets and the market for spoiling our pet pals is a big one. Perhaps you could make blankets, personalized bedding, painted food bowls, artwork or jewellery?

  1. Cards

Handmade cards and invitations are another popular items, especially those seeking unique and bespoke wedding invitations for example. If you’re good at design and card-making, then you can easily turn this into a home business on the side. Selling cards digitally is another method, and an easy one too. You create everything and send a digital file for a customer to print at their end, keeping your production costs even lower.