Hey there! I hope you are all doing well. I just wanted to take a sewing break to tell you that you may see some changes on my website. Mostly the ones that are important to you are the price changes. I have not increased my bag prices since 2007. It is high time I did that. All the materials I but in my bags have increased in price, so I have to raise my bottom line as well. My quilt prices were hilariously low, so those have been increased to cover my cost and actually pay me a bit to make them. So, my prices now reflect real life instead of my sweet fantasy world.
I know it is always tricky for an artist to price their work. I find that one of the hardest things I do. I have friends and acquaintances come up to me all the time announcing that they want me to make them a quilt. No problem. I would love to do that. But after hearing what they want (a king size quilt, preferable with hand quilting) and I rattle off a ball park price they look at me like I have sprouted a second head. Their faces crumble and they mutter something about hoping to pay about $250. I know how much the materials cost that I put into a quilt or a bag, but sometimes I don't think anyone else does. How do you price your items that you make and sell?
I found a quilt forum and says you should charge $15 to $20 a square foot for a quilt you make from start to finish. If the customer provides the fabric it is a bit less. I think that sounds pretty good. So that is what I am doing. I would LOVE to make you a quilt. Really I would.
What do you charge to make a quilt for someone? What do you charge to make a bag? Do you only cover your supplies or do you actually pay yourself a bit? I do not actually pay myself. All my money goes back into my little business. Every bit of it goes back into buying batting, thread and the occasional stack of fabric. Lately a good bit has gone into machine maintenance. I put my machines through their paces, and frankly I think Bernina should pay me to field test their machines (wouldn't that be a dream come true?).
Anyway, let me know what you charge for your hand made items and WHY you charge that. And I will pick a winner on Sunday (the 11th).