Review + Giveaway- Mollie Makes: Making It!

The wonderful people at Sterling Books offered me a copy of Mollie Makes: Making It! The Hard Facts you need to start your own Craft Business to review as well as an extra copy to giveaway!

I have absolutely loved reading through this book. It is packed full of useful information on starting your own handmade shop. Chapter 1 is about deciding if you’re really ready to open a shop, Researching who your customers will be, Choosing a name, and Setting up your site. This book is cover-to-cover full of helpful tips and resources!

If you struggle with pricing your work, there is a useful guide on figuring out the costs of your supplies, your time and what you should charge for wholesale vs retail. Once you’ve got your shop up, there are tips for managing and sharing your work on social media, writing a press release and even tips for taking better photographs of your product. Good photography is extremely important in selling your work, so these tips are some of my favorites.

The  last chapter of the book is on the nitty gritty stuff- Taxes, Online Payments and if you need to hire an employee, there are tips on that as well! Combined with all of these amazing tips, guides and resources, Making It!, also includes interviews by indie artists like Cut Out + Keep, Hope & Elvis, Clothkits and many more.

As I mentioned above, I’m giving away a copy of Making It! to one lucky CraftGossip reader! You an purchase a copy of the book here.

To win, leave a comment, and let me know what you sell in your handmade shop, or what you would if you had a shop?

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  1. Kathy Hawkes says

    I work in a variety of mediums and love anything that has a primitive and vintage look. I don’t sell much yet but I hope to. I do lots of ‘giving’ to friends and family, which is very satisfying!

  2. Pat Ingelse says

    I have always wanted a shop to sell needlework kits, things i have created, classes/tutorials. Retirement is close so its time for my life dream to happen.

  3. melissa says

    I’ve always thought a ribbon shop would be lovely to have but probably not profitable.

  4. says

    I make pillow covers and other home décor items. I’m wanting to start making/selling linen garments as well as an item that’s made of wood (!). I’m still new at this, but I love it!

  5. says

    I love to sew so I have been considering to open up a shop with things that I can sew. I think I’d love to sell accessories like purses/clutch, a wallet, a key fob, etc.

  6. says

    I have been selling pouches and bags to family and friends but I know I am not pricing correctly I would love some help on that area.

  7. Sarah says

    I would make baby quilts and crib sets, sewing machine accessory sets, wall hangings, pillow covers, potholders and aprons, runners and placemats and mug mats and coasters,maybe even a couple large size quilts. Pretty much anything that strikes my fancy.

  8. Kylie C says

    I’m currently working on starting a shop for homemade greeting cards and possibly branching out into crochet pieces or patterns.

  9. Bryony Braschi says

    I make polymer clay and wire jewellery. Haven’t dared selling it yet though but I enjoy making presents for friends.

  10. Jenny Moran says

    It’s always been a dream of mine to expand on my creativity by selling online. Not sure what’s holding me back!….maybe I need this book to answer some of my questions and give me the confidence I need to get going :)

  11. Linda says

    I don’t have a shop (yet), but I would sell my crocheted flowers. Thanks for the chance to win this. I love Mollie Makes!!!

  12. libby says

    I’m learning about crafting through my friend and this book would be great to learn more!!

  13. Theresa says

    I would love to be able to make more products using essential oils—soaps, chapsticks, lotions, etc. I usually make them for gifts.

  14. Jess says

    I would sell simple baby clothes (bibs, hats). I would also try and improve my skills at making things like needlebooks and pincushions; my goal is to use upcycled, etc. fabric to make these.

  15. Linda says

    I would probably sell my crocheted flowers… if I had a shop. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. says

    I make a variety of handmade items. Tote Bags, Suitcases, Ties, and Baby Booties just to name a few. I would love to one day open a “Just Me WD Boutique” that would feature only handmade items.

  17. Carmen N says

    I would love to sell my knit and crochet patterns, and perhaps a few handmade k/c items.

  18. Gail says

    My sister & I are just getting started on an etsy site. We plan to sell: baby quilts, lap quilts, blankies, baby bibs, infant car seat covers, crocheted baby booties, & aprons

  19. Christine B. says

    This is awesome! My girlfriend is starting a soap business and I make small “money” quilts. This book would be SOO valuable! Thanks for the chance to win!


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