Fundraising for your service dog: Let’s get crafting

If you have been reading our series on fundraising for your service dog then you will know how to make money from items you already own to help reach your target donation goal. However, what happens when you run out of things to sell? There are many types of handmade crafts in which you could partake. Whether you fancy making jewelry or greeting cards; there’s something out there for everyone. When you’ve found a craft that you enjoy, have a few practice runs to hone your talents and then you are ready to start selling your creations to the world!

An important thing to watch out for is your costs. Be careful not to spend more on materials than you can earn by selling the item. Otherwise, you will end up losing money instead of making it. It’s a good idea to create a spreadsheet on your computer (or keep a record in a notebook) of how much you spend on materials and the amount that you use for each product. That way, you can track your costs and make sure you sell the item for a suitable profit. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting!

Pet items & accessories

As you are fundraising for a service dog, it seems fitting that one of the ways you can do this is by creating your own handmade pet items and accessories. The internet is full of DIY pet toy ideas. Here are a few of our favorites:

Bracelets & jewelry

From bracelets to necklaces, if you have an eye for fashion then this could be the fundraising idea for you. Whether you prefer stitching, threading, weaving, metalwork, beading, leatherwork, or braiding, there are free online tutorials for every type of jewelry you can imagine.

Clothing and accessories

You don’t have to be an expert to make great looking clothes and accessories. You could even upcycle your old clothes, or find clothes in thrift stores to upcycle. Check out these great tutorials for creating handmade clothes:

Greeting cards

The community for homemade greeting cards is enormous. They are a great way of getting started with your fundraising. All you really need to begin are some blank cards, envelopes, scissors, double sided tape, 3D foam pads, and a template. If you are struggling for some inspiration, websites such as CraftsUPrint are a great place to start. They offer downloadable craft patterns/templates at a low price that you can print at home and use as many times as you like. For those that feel a bit more adventurous, here are some greeting card tutorials:

Soft toys & keepsakes

If you know lots of people with young children, making soft toys could be a good fundraising method for you. You should ideally have some sewing experience to make this easier; however you could use it as an opportunity to learn a new skill. There are hundreds of free stuffed animal sewing patterns available. Here are a few we thought were particularly adorable:

If you enjoy a craft that isn’t mentioned above and think that it would be perfect for fundraising, please get in touch to let us know about it. The more fundraising ideas we can share, the better!

Where can I sell my crafting creations?

There are many different ways to sell your handmade crafts, from selling to friends and neighbors to opening an Etsy shop. It’s important to utilize as many selling platforms as possible to ensure you get the highest number of sales on your items. Next week’s article will focus entirely on how to sell handmade crafts. If you don’t want to miss it, use the form on the right side of the page to join our email list.

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