The 48 Best Embroidery Related Small Business Ideas & Opportunities (2020)

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1. Embroidery business ($78K/year)

Cailey Golden from New York, New York, USA started The Patchsmith about 3 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I’ve been in the customization industry for over 10 years. I started with screen printing first. Eventually I was hired to work for the Yankees and was taught how to embroider caps. A company reached out to me for a production embroidery job and I accepted. I was taught how to run production but was left alone a lot. I ended up teaching myself a lot of different embroidery methods, it was also the place I made my first patch. I ended up creating patches for my supporters club of the local MLS team, NYCFC, and sold them for $7 each. I stopped after a few months and didn’t think about patches for awhile.

In 2017 I was going through a huge change in my life, a previous employer in the City attempted to permanently remove me from the industry, very unsuccessfully. I’d say it’s part of the reason why I’ve been able to be as successful as I have been so far. I spent months grasping at straws to come up with a business idea that I knew could do while keeping my mind busy while I was on a rollercoaster of repercussions from that employer.

I was in the bank one day after work and was sitting down with a representative, I did that a few months prior with the same guy and we spoke a bit about my career. This time he asked me if I was able to embroider patches for his fantasy football league called “Fight Club”. It was the first time anyone had ever asked for patches, I had no idea what to charge him but I knew I could definitely do it. I said yes and charged him $6 per patch for 25 of them. He was all too excited and agreed. I had no idea if I undercharged, overcharged or was right on the money but it was too easy. I was completely hooked.

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Cailey Golden, on starting The Patchsmith ($6,500/month) full story ➜

2. Bedding company ($2.4M/year)

Colin McIntosh from Denver, Colorado, USA started Sheets & Giggles over 2 years ago, a bedding company.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

From 2015 - 2017 I ran biz dev at a Techstars-backed wearable tech startup in Denver. We raised a $3M seed round, grew to a full-time team of 25, and were in most major retailers in the US… and then it all abruptly ended in September 2017. It was pretty devastating, and I can’t really go into the reasons why it ended, but leaving retail partners at the altar without holiday inventory was particularly upsetting for me as the partner lead.

Build a business model first, not a product. So many entrepreneurs spend time and money building a solution for a problem they perceive without ever validating that it’s a viable business.

After that experience, I decided that the timing was about as good as it was going to get for me to found a company: I had a great CO network, had just been through Techstars, was on the founding team of a company that launched two crowdfunded physical products at nationwide retail, and had built a skill set in marketing and distributing physical products. That said, I didn’t have much money in my bank account (working at startups will do that to you), and I didn’t want to raise VC right off the bat, so I knew I had to do a crowdfunding campaign.

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Colin McIntosh, on starting Sheets & Giggles ($200,000/month) full story ➜

3. Quilt business ($9.6M/year)

Ross Lohr from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Project Repat over 8 years ago, a quilt business.

  • Revenue: $800,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Project Repat story starts in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was doing non-profit education work. After sitting in traffic for 2 hours, he discovered the cause of the jam: an overturned fruit and vegetable rickshaw pushed by a Kenyan man wearing a t-shirt that said “I Danced My Ass Off at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah”

Amazed by all the incredible t-shirts that get sold off and sent overseas by nonprofit and for-profit companies in America, we began working with Kenyan artisans to design new products out of castaway t-shirts, including bags, scarves, and re-fabricated t-shirts.

The next thing we knew, we had sold 2,000 quilts in a week and that put $80,000 in our bank account. At the time, that felt like the most money we would ever see in our lives. We were sleeping in our office and showering at the gym at that time.

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Ross Lohr, on starting Project Repat ($800,000/month) full story ➜

4. Fashion accessories brand ($24K/year)

Jay Fuller from Chicago, Illinois, USA started FLXCUF over 3 years ago, a fashion accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

I came up with the idea while working behind a bar. My uniform was a dress shirt and given the nature of the business -- I ALWAYS rolled up my sleeves. The problem, they never stayed up or looked good. It was a classier place, so appearance was just as important as functionality. I started using rubber bands behind my cuffs. That worked as a temporary fix, but it also cut off the circulation in my arms.

Go for it. If you have an idea, embrace uncertainty and make it happen.

Fast forward to my first-day job in marketing for a casino, I began doing the exact same thing. I would roll up my dress shirt sleeves throughout the day and continuously run into the same problem. Going back to the rubber band trial, the idea of making the shirt cuff “flexible” (ta-da, flxcuf) and allowing it to expand as it went up one’s arm started to come to life in my mind.

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Jay Fuller, on starting FLXCUF ($2,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a jacket brand

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6. Start a car seat covers business

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7. Start a dance apparel brand

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8. Start a curtains business

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9. Start a phone case business ($1.05M/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Andrew Moore's story on creating Felony Case a read:

Hi, I’m Andrew Moore, the founder, and designer at Felony Case, a Toronto based company designing unique iPhone cases. I founded Felony Case in 2012, and since then we’ve created several flagship iPhone case designs.

The first studded cases I was making by hand

Our Kaleidoscope Cases

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Andrew Moore, on starting Felony Case ($50,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a hair accessories company

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11. Start a baby blankets brand

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12. Start an embroidery machine manufacturer ($360K/year)

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13. Start a laptop bags brand

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14. Start a wedding rental business ($1.02M/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Brittany Finkle's story on creating Happily Ever Borrowed a read:

My name is Brittany Finkle and I am the founder of Happily Ever Borrowed.

We understand that accessorizing your bridal day look can be an added & unexpected cost. For example, a veil that might only be worn for 30 minutes of your wedding day can be an added expense of $2000! But that doesn’t mean you want a cheaper, poor quality item. We let brides borrow our high-end designer accessories for about 80-90% off the retail price; allowing them to have a luxury item for a fraction of the cost.

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Brittany Finkle, on starting Happily Ever Borrowed ($5,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a chair covers business

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16. Start a custom company uniforms business

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17. Start a gym bag brand

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18. Start a military name badge business

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19. Start a souvenir shop

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20. Start a running shorts brand

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21. Start a lab coats business

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22. Start an umbrella brand ($36K/year)

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23. Start a beach hats brand

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24. Start a baby bib business

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25. Start a golf apparel store

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26. Start a decorative pillow business ($270K/year)

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Check out all of our decorative pillow business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Danielle Oakey's story on creating Danielle Oakey Shop a read:

Hi, my name is Danielle Oakey and I am the founder and owner of Danielle Oakey Shop.

The pillow shop continues to grow every month and is projected to do $400,000 in sales in 2018.

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Danielle Oakey, on starting Danielle Oakey Shop ($35,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a book cover and case business

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28. Start a men's underwear brand ($1.74M/year)

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Check out all of our men's underwear brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Krystian Frencel's story on creating Bunch of Animals a read:

Hello, my name is Krystian Frencel, and I’m the founder of Bunch of Animals, a men’s luxury underwear brand, AKA, the Bentley of banana hammocks. I’m also the co-founder of a Toronto based design and development studio, 3magine. I don’t have previous e-commerce experience and have never been involved in creating a physical product. I have wanted to combine my experience in web design/development with creating a physical product and learning e-commerce for some time now.

Let’s start at the very beginning.

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Krystian Frencel, on starting Bunch of Animals ($5,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a baseball cap brand

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30. Start an aprons business

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31. Start a napkins business

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32. Become a martial arts uniform maker

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33. Start an embroidery learning kits business

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34. Start a corporate swag business

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35. Start a pageant sashes business

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36. Start a sweaters brand

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37. Start a handkerchiefs brand

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38. Start a pet accessories business

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And for some real world inspiration, give Yuri's story on creating COLLAR a read:

My name is Yuri Sinitsa and I’m the founder and CEO of COLLAR LLC - the pet products manufacturer. The main mission of the company is making pets and people happy. Our customers are pet parents all over the world who are fond of innovative solutions for their four-legged loved ones.

For now, COLLAR LLC is a constant member of APPA and a constant visitor of GPE. Its presence in the USA is constantly growing, now there are 77 companies that are good and faithful partners of COLLAR, 5 of them are wholesale retailers.

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Yuri, on starting COLLAR ($0/month) full story ➜

39. Start a school bags brand

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40. Start a tablecloth business ($180K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Paul Bucklin & Ryan Cunningham's story on creating LogoClothz a read:

Greetings, my name is Paul Bucklin and I am a co-founder of Logoclothz, where promoting isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. We are a new kind of promotional products company that specializes in custom printed tablecloths.

We launched our website in Dec of 2018 and within a day or so, we had our first online order. My business partner Ryan is a wizard when it comes to Search Engine Optimization.

It was a slow start initially, however, we are now growing at an increased rate and it’s only going to get better from here. Our current revenue as of October 2019 is 15K a month.

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Paul Bucklin & Ryan Cunningham, on starting LogoClothz ($15,000/month) full story ➜

41. Start a foot mats business

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42. Start a short sleeve button down brand ($60K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Steve Radke's story on creating Short Steve Button Downs a read:

My name is Steve Radke and I’m the Founder and CEO of Short Steve Button Downs.

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Steve Radke, on starting Short Steve Button Downs ($5,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start a diaper bags business

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44. Start a towels business ($2.77M/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Jefferies's story on creating Dock and Bay a read:

I’m Andy, co-founder of Dock & Bay which is an awesome new lifestyle brand selling travel apparel, fitness, and beach accessories for those who love exploring this awesome world.

In our first full year of business, we had a turnover of $92K and this year we’ll be turning over $5.4m.

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Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a medical scrubs business

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