Becoming a textile designer step by step guide

Becoming A Textile Designer: A Step-By-Step Guide

Becoming a textile designer is a dream for many. But where the eff do you start? There’s a lot of industry lingo you may not understand. You may not be familiar with how everything works. And you’re not sure how to sell your designs and make money.

So, I wrote a super thorough step-by-step guide…because all the other resources out there just touch on a small piece of what you need to know. We’re going to cover a lot! Feel free to read through the whole thing, or jump straight to the parts you need.

Becoming a Textile Designer Table of Contents

What Does A Textile Designer Do

3 Steps To Become A Textile Designer (And What Skills You Need)

How To Become A Textile Designer Without Going To School

What To Put In A Textile Design Portfolio (With Examples)

Selling Your Textile Designs (Aka How To Make Money As A Textile Designer)

Freelancing Is Your Best Opportunity To Make Money As A Textile Designer

I’m going to answer ALL your questions about working in the textile design industry. 

Here’s a more detailed list of what you’re going to learn: 

  • Different types of textile design opportunities + pros and cons
  • What qualifications you need to be a textile designer
  • What types of projects (and how many) you need in your textile portfolio
  • The best (and easiest way) to make money as a textile designer
  • And so much more!

I’ve got a ton of free downloads to help you with your textile design career

We’ll start with this one, so you can learn everything you need to know about making seamless repeats (essential as a textile designer!).

And psst, spoiler alert about being a textile designer!

I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you, the best path to success as a textile designer is by freelancing (not by selling your designs on Spoonflower or trying to get work licensed). I talk about all of this in the guide, but wanted to drop that little truth bomb first 😉

Keep Reading: What Does A Textile Designer Do?


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