For Sandy Steinmyer, sewing stylish homemade masks has been profitable and fulfilling!
“Family has always been my top priority, and when COVID-19 hit, I was concerned for the safety of my kids and grandkids. So I put my love for sewing to use and decided to make them homemade masks. After finding a basic pattern on Pinterest, I got to work experimenting and tweaking it until I achieved a design I loved. Soon after, I was temporarily furloughed from my job as a flight attendant and needed a way to supplement my income. I wanted to make extra money, but with a side hustle that was fun and rewarding, and since my family, friends and fellow flight attendants raved about how comfortable and well-fitting the masks were, I decided to start selling them!
“Word of mouth spread fast, and orders started rolling in! My daughter encouraged me to expand from advertising on my Facebook page to selling on Etsy, so I set up my shop, A Mask For All Seasons. I want people to feel not only safe but also comfortable and attractive wearing my masks, so I offer tons of fun seasonal and holiday-specific prints, and each mask comes with adjustable ear loops, a velvet carrying pouch and a free carbon filter.
“The masks sell for $13 to $17 each, and in my first month, I actually earned $4,000, and I expect the revenue to keep growing. Recently, I started donating masks to a women’s and family shelter, as well as some of the proceeds to an organization that helps fellow flight attendants in need!”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.