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    What Would You Pay for a Thread Catcher?

    I saw this YouTube video on how to make a thread catcher and had to make some for me. I used a bread crumb can for the diameter. When I cut the 1/2" slices out of the can, I had enough to make 13 thread catchers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbOflNoEYLc

    I don't need that many so I am going to donate the excess to the local quilt show boutique. They have asked for a suggested price. My response is that whatever price you put on it, it's not enough. I have been working on these for months. They are all hand sewn and take a long time to finish. If you saw this at the boutique, how much would you be willing to pay for one?
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    those are lovely. you are so right about the price not being enough. i've seen here on the QB so many times that "it depends on the market". i've found that to be true where i live. in this market, the prices have to be low. some of my friends claim to make money at craft markets, but i'm sure their hourly wage would be small if computed. donations to be sold in my area have to be thought of 'from the heart' so that you don't get depressed over the price. best of luck on the sales for your organization.
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    I had made a couple of those thinking I could find an easier way. Nope it took a while to make those. I don't think people would realize the time involved in these

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    You are right in thinking you will never get what they are worth. I might put a fat quarter in them and charge $10?

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    you did beautiful work! I'd love one of those if I was at the quilt fair.
    I have no idea what to charge. I make things like that that take hours to do.
    I end up giving them away as gifts.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    you did beautiful work! I'd love one of those if I was at the quilt fair.
    I have no idea what to charge. I make things like that that take hours to do.
    I end up giving them away as gifts.
    I'd much rather give them away than have them sell for pennies. I'm torn about whether or not I should donate them to the boutique or keep them to give to friends.

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    Very nicely done. I made these thread catchers that were triangle in shape and much easier to make.
    http://needlingthings.blogspot.com/2...d-catcher.html
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    I've made the triangle thingies, but I saw the pattern like yours and threw my hands up--too time consuming--I could knit a car faster! But yours are just adorable and the plus side is they fit into your purse or sewing kit perfectly. I'd think you could get at least $10 ea. I'd pay that just to avoid the labor involved--but I don't take sewing out with me. I KNOW! Much more labor involved! You might have special friends who would appreciate more than that.

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    Love the line about knitting a car!

    unfortunately, unless these are shown at a quilting fair, show, venue...they will not sell. Only seamstresses, quilters, home sewers, might be interested. Others just look, ask what they are, and say how cute and walk away.....been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    Very nicely done. I made these thread catchers that were triangle in shape and much easier to make.
    http://needlingthings.blogspot.com/2...d-catcher.html
    The thread catcher is really cute, but I didn't catch how to do the bottom. The thing must have a bottom.
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    I just made a PopUP and it cost me about $18 for the pattern, fabric, and safety pins (didn't have any ). I would agree that $10 would probably be fair. There is a gal that is selling pincushions at one of the LQS (stacked type) for around $20 and thread catchers with a pincushion for around $25 or $30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You are right in thinking you will never get what they are worth. I might put a fat quarter in them and charge $10?
    I like this idea.

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    I made one as a gift & it took forever. Yours are very nicely done.

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    Great idea as they are really beautiful. You did a really nice job. I made baskets and it took a long time also with some hand sewing.

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    Yes possibly $10 since it is charity

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    Must go and buy A box of Pringles.
    I would buy something a bit larger. I used a bread crumb can, and I wish it were a bit larger.

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    $8-10, max. You will never recover the cost of all your time, no matter what the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    I saw this YouTube video on how to make a thread catcher and had to make some for me. I used a bread crumb can for the diameter. When I cut the 1/2" slices out of the can, I had enough to make 13 thread catchers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbOflNoEYLc

    I don't need that many so I am going to donate the excess to the local quilt show boutique. They have asked for a suggested price. My response is that whatever price you put on it, it's not enough. I have been working on these for months. They are all hand sewn and take a long time to finish. If you saw this at the boutique, how much would you be willing to pay for one?
    My brother in law makes them - gorgeous. I had him make one for my mother for Christmas one year and it has a sweet little lid with a knob on it. I had him print "Puzels". Puzels are strands of thread from anywhere you are sewing. It is pronounced poozels. German extraction - Old German. I am fourth generation using that word for the little threads! Edie
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    Very nicely done. I made these thread catchers that were triangle in shape and much easier to make.
    http://needlingthings.blogspot.com/2...d-catcher.html
    Thank you so much for this link!

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    I'd pay $8 to $10 if I loved the fabric. But I know that's nothing compared to the time you put into it. Why don't you save them and give as swap gifts, Jenn? I know other quilters would appreciate them. Not sure about anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You are right in thinking you will never get what they are worth. I might put a fat quarter in them and charge $10?
    Adding a FQ would make a $10 price more attractive! I would not pay that alone, but might combined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    I'd much rather give them away than have them sell for pennies. I'm torn about whether or not I should donate them to the boutique or keep them to give to friends.
    You put so much work into them - I would give them to friends who would appreciate them rather than sell them for next to nothing to strangers.
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