This past sunday I gave my 3 year old Grandson his quilt for his Birthday. He really liked it but he had one problem all the little girls that were at the party wanted the quilt and they were fighting over it. I just used a panel of a teddy bear on a tracter and added a flannel boarder of blue and white blocks. As the day went on I was asked by 6 mothers to make quilts for there kids. What should I charge for the quilts?
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If you want any retunr on you time...I suggest 4 times the cost of materials. Other quilters will give you suggestions, too. This way you will be paid for SOME of the time you're investing into the projects.
If you DON"T want to do the project(s), charge a crazy amount of money and just watch the jaws drop. That's what I do. If I don't want to do the quilt, I say I charge 10.00 and hour and there will be a minimum of 40 hours of work into the baby quilt.
Many folks say two to three times the cost of the materials. Be sure to include the thread. Then you can determine if your time is compensated.
How long did it take you to make? Do you want to work for $0.50/ hour?
I think I know the panel your talking about. Blue Jean Bear?
#1piecemaker had some. Thats who I got mine from.
The same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I made my mom and sister one of those bags that have the measuring tape in the top for opening and closing. Now I have 12 to make for them for Christmas. Thats why I'm on board now I'm procrastinating. My sister gave me a $50 gift certificate for JoAnns and my mom will take me shopping when she gets back from Arizona in the Spring. I thought that was a good trade.
As for the price to charge for the quilts I would say for the fabrics it would be about $30 then how ever much time you spend making them. Say 3 hours (I'm guessing on all this) so I'd say atleast $50 or $60. If they like them that much it would be worth it to them and you. Have fun :thumbup:
Give the mothers a supply list with the fabric, thread & batting needed and list your labor as $$$ & approximate time. (Give yourself extra time for what ifs. Customer never complains if you deliver early.)
If they buy the supplies you know they are serious. Each of you can sign a copy of the supply list as a contract.
Another thing to consider is the boredom factor of making the very same quilt repeatedly. If you don't like to make the same thing over & over, can you change it enough to satisfy your creative muse and the mother's expectations.
Add to bottom of list any changes mom makes will cause a change in your labor charge.
Good suggestions from the above posters!!
I recently was asked to do a project with ties by someone ... and said NO! Friends were with me and later shared they thought I should have accepted the offer. I said, no ... have never done ties before, and could only see problems with this guy and never being happy with what I did.
Do you really want the other kids to have one?
Wouldn't it be nice for your grandson to have something unique?
I much prefer to make things on my own ... and not be under the pressure to live up to expectations of others. If they like my work, great!!! And they can appreciate it all the more.
If you wanted to stall ..... tell them you are busy now, and if they contact you after Christmas you "might" consider it. That'll give some time to see if they are serious or not. Plus perhaps in the meantime you could make another and see what realistically the costs would be, plus what extra you would like add on to sell it at.
Sounds like some really good suggestions here. Good luck if you decide to make them.