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    I have had someone ask me how much I would charge for a king size rag quilt. I do know to charge for the material and supplies. After this how much should I charge for time and labor? I have never really made a quilt to sell before and need suggestions on this one. I want to make money, but I also want to be fair.

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    most triple the cost of the supplies.

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    I always tell them they couldn't afford to pay me what I'm worth...that usually ends the conversation....lol.

    If you stop and think of how many hours you put into a quilt from start to finish, at $10, $20, or $30 bucks an hours, depending on how much you think you're worth, you would see that it would be lots!

    And then of course the cost of all the materials added on to your labor costs.

    I only make quilts for gifts to people who I think are worthy of them...another words, only the people I wanna give them to because I think they will appreciate them.

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    Well I know this person will appreciate the quilt. He collects them. He saw the small one that I made for my son and is wanting one for himself, just a lot larger. Earlylace, I never thought about tripling the price of the materials. I think the problem is that it is hard for me to charge someone for making a quilt. However, I know he can afford it and I do not want to do all of that work for nothing. I also do not want to say just pay what you think it is worth. I did this once with someone else and was very disappointed. I will have to pray about this one some more and keep looking at your suggestions.

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    Because he is a collector, he should at least have some idea of the true scope of work and time that goes into one quilt. I would charge no less than double the cost of supplies, and I would request the first half of that up front so as not to be paying out of pocket for supplies.

    I have a friend who asked me how much to make a quilt for her DD's toddler bed. I am charging her $150 +shipping, which is cost of just fabric x2, not including batting (because I have a lot in my stash and she is my friend). I did let her know that she's getting it cheaper than if I'd been making it for a random person. So if you feel inclined to not to charge what you *really* think it is worth, tell him he is getting a special "friend" discount, and not to "advertise" that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    I have had someone ask me how much I would charge for a king size rag quilt. I do know to charge for the material and supplies. After this how much should I charge for time and labor? I have never really made a quilt to sell before and need suggestions on this one. I want to make money, but I also want to be fair.
    I have not made a quilt and sold it, but have done other things. I make wedding gowns, etc. I tell them to buy the fabric and all the supplies and I will just charge labor, $25 per hour. Most of the time they price all the fabric and I never hear from them again. Fine by me because some people are a real pain in the end. I find that way they get an idea of what a product REALLY costs. If you buy the fabric and charge them accordingly they still don't really get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by chamby
    I have had someone ask me how much I would charge for a king size rag quilt. I do know to charge for the material and supplies. After this how much should I charge for time and labor? I have never really made a quilt to sell before and need suggestions on this one. I want to make money, but I also want to be fair.
    I have not made a quilt and sold it, but have done other things. I make wedding gowns, etc. I tell them to buy the fabric and all the supplies and I will just charge labor, $25 per hour. Most of the time they price all the fabric and I never hear from them again. Fine by me because some people are a real pain in the end. I find that way they get an idea of what a product REALLY costs. If you buy the fabric and charge them accordingly they still don't really get it.
    Yup, my point exactly. If he's a true collector, the price of the fabric and materials won't phase him a bit. Good luck on your endeavor.

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    Add the price of the material etc and triple it. If someone truly wants a quilt or anything else they will pay your price. If not they are looking for a freebie.

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    boy i'd love to be a fly on the wall when you tell this person how much it would cost. most people think $35.00 to $50.00 is enough for a quilt, any size!! good luck.

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    i would have them supply the fabric and supplies as they have a hard time believing how much it adds up to

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