First off, I want to apologize for being a little light on posts this week. I have a lot going on this week with alterations on bridesmaids dresses for my sister-in-laws wedding as well as prepping the graphics and documents for a measurements post next week. Posts should resume their consistency again in the second week of February. With my sister-in-law’s wedding coming up in less than 2 weeks, it hasn’t been a great time to start a new sewing project which is what the next tutorial will be based upon.
Okay guys, it’s time for a little honesty. I love writing this blog, and I have plans for sewing lessons that will last at least the next two years. However, this blog brings my family no money. I’m happy to offer the sewing lessons for free because I love to write, but I won’t keep having enough time to write them if I don’t start bringing in an income.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an American citizen who married a Canadian citizen. I am currently living in Canada on Temporary Resident (see also: visitor) status while we wait for my Permanent Residency. That translates into me being unable to get a regular job. Here’s where you come in.
As of the writing of this post, I have nearly 30 sewing lessons up online and over 100 planned out. The difference between having them online and planned is that I have to have the time to make the item that I’m explaining, take the pictures of the process, and write up the full explanation. That takes a long time.
I also have a ton of ideas for what I’d like to do with this website including some creative monthly master classes on top of the already planned lessons. I also want to start a line of clothing. I even have a great idea I’m planning to KickStart (hopefully) later this year.
Private sewing lessons run people about $15 an hour, and each of the lessons I lay out here averages approximately an hour. That means I am literally giving away thousands of dollars worth of lessons here. Granted, if you were in my home studio (home studio here used very loosely), you’d learn faster because I wouldn’t have to write everything down, but that’s beside the point.
Patreon is an awesome platform for supporting artists, writers, and other content creators. Because I know that everyone doesn’t have a ton of money, I think it’s a great tool for what I have here. I have over 100 subscribers to my blog, and I don’t know how many others who tune in regularly. If everyone could pledge $5 a month, my husband and my bills would be easily paid, and we could move out of his parents’ home. Seriously, at $500 a month, this can be my full-time job which means more posts more often.
I get that not everyone has an extra $5 a month, but if you could consider what this blog is worth to you. I am always applying to jobs, and when I finally find one, the posts will slow down considerably. As it is, I have to break for other money-making opportunities.
If you have nothing to spare, I get it. Really, I do, but you might want to take a look at my Patreon page to see what my future plans are for this blog, my projects, and my clothing line. Clicking and reading what you’ll get for rewards isn’t going to cost you a penny.