Take a renewed interest in making things, post-recession thrift, and the rise of individual style and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a DIY trend. Home sewing is turning up at Pinterest, on blogs, at YouTube, and now in a new franchise business opportunity called Sew Fun.
Sew Fun organizes birthday parties, camps, classes, and other social events for ages six and up where kids don’t just eat cake and open presents. They also get to make a personal journal cover, sew a pillowcase for their next sleepover, recycle jeans into a shoulder bag, or design a dress for their favorite doll – or any number of other quick sewing projects.
Kids learn a useful skill, parents enjoy a more focused party with everything including invitations provided by Sew Fun, and Sew Fun franchisees get their part of the $30 billion crafting industry.
Appropriately enough, franchisees will find that they can be crafty about their business as well. Some franchisees hold adult sewing classes or ladies’ nights out where participants sew wine charms and tablecloths, men’s shirts, or soft luggage and travel cases. Others help scouts get their sewing merit badges or give after-school lessons on campus. Fashion Camp is another popular option.
Sew Fun looks forward to offering classes in fashion and interior design in the future, according to the Wall Street Journal. They have a research and development department to keep franchisees abreast of new trends and to make sure there are always new ideas to encourage repeat customers.
While there may be local competition in the form of sewing lessons at fabric stores, there is no national competition in this niche. Most schools have dropped Home Economics sewing classes, too, and fewer moms teach their kids – even their daughters – to sew. That means that this ancient art has novelty value with today’s kids.
Sew Fun is part of Creative Learning Corporation, the franchise company that owns Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, two favorite child-focused franchises. Counting all three of their divisions, Creative Learning Corporation has more than 600 franchisees in 30 countries. Their franchisees benefit from the parent company’s experience with well-tested systems, proprietary software for managing their business, and ongoing training opportunities.
The Sew Fun franchise business requires a total investment of $98,000 – $142,650, $50,000 minimum cash, and a net worth of $200,000. Franchisees are provided with a five-day training program and a network of suppliers, plus the sewing patterns they’ll use. They also receive hosted management software, a website and email address, marketing materials, and an operations manual to get them started. The franchisor also assists with advance planning, including architecture and territory analysis.
Sew Fun is designed as a full-time franchise, and it’s not a work-from-home opportunity as this company’s other two franchises are. The need for multiple sewing machines means that Sew Fun owners must have a location for their classes and parties. Sew Fun franchises are available throughout the U.S.