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    I have had several older ladies tell me that they would love to buy kits already cut out!
    Or they would pay me to cut them out for them...

    My question is this, would a buy say a "yellow brick road" or "Turning Twenty" quilt if it were cut out already? What other patterns would work?

    Would you wash the fabric first?

    How much is that work worth in a kit?

    I have never contemplated cutting out an entire quilt and then selling, unless it was one of my own UFO's.

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    I would love to have the fabric already cut but would want to pick out the fabric myself maybe you could charge by how many pieces are in the kit?

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    We've done a few pre-cut kits in the past.

    The main issue is that unless you can mass-cut them in advance, i.e. make multiple copies, they take so much labor that they become too expensive to produce compared to what you can charge for them.

    If you can make the math work, I think they'd be popular. We're thinking of doing them again occasionally.

    Good luck!

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    I can see it not being profitable in a store to precut.

    But offering it as an on-demand service for a fee seems to have less risk.

    As a shop, you aren't going to get stuck with cut up kits that don't sell.

    As an individual (or shop), someone else selected and bought the fabric so just charge an amount for the labor cutting the pieces.

    How long would it take you to cut a YBR lap size quilt?
    30 minutes? More? Less?
    And just like a LA-er, you've got a menu.
    Pre-wash and iron? They wash, you iron?
    And charge accordingly.

    I've always been fascinated by the listings on eBay.
    There are a few sellers that have been doing fussy cuts for quilts block - selling for years.
    Quite the cottage industry.

    Like this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-12-Kalei...item19c9008c80

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-block-PRE...item3a6a84dd4e

    How do you think that breaks down between material and labor?

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    I used to buy JoAnn fabrics pre-cut quilt kits on eBay for my sister, who can't handle cutting very easily. Haven't done that lately because their later pre-cut kits don't suit her style. These were all fairly complicated quilts, however, involving many different block patterns. I would not buy a pre-cut kit for Turning Twenty or other very simple style.

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    I would buy a pre-cut Turning Twenty, I hate to cut!

    I even have a Go! and still hate to cut BUT the cutting fee could not be more than $20 for me. My budget is too close. JMHO

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    How much is your time worth? I like MTS's idea of having a service menu. I would think that $30 to cut out the new fabric that they bring you is fair - if you can do it in an hour or under. Anything more complicated than a YBR or TT would have to be more.

    ETA: Looked again at your OP. If you are picking fabrics and cutting it could be fabric + cutting + labor which might be $50+. Would they be able to pay that? Now we're getting into why some kits are so high.

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    Customer picks the pattern and buys the fabric - you cut.
    Include cost of organizing & labeling pieces, bags/containers for pieces if you supply them.

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    i have seen people advertise this service at lqs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I have had several older ladies tell me that they would love to buy kits already cut out!
    Or they would pay me to cut them out for them...

    My question is this, would a buy say a "yellow brick road" or "Turning Twenty" quilt if it were cut out already? What other patterns would work?

    Would you wash the fabric first?

    How much is that work worth in a kit?

    I have never contemplated cutting out an entire quilt and then selling, unless it was one of my own UFO's.
    Do you need to make money or are you just doing it for friends?

    For an elderly friend, I'd just charge for supplies.

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    There are lots of places selling pre-cut quilt kits online. Just Google it and compare prices. Most that I have seen in the past do not pre-wash, same as buying any other pre-cut fabric.

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    John Flynn's web site has laser pre-cuts $25. To $45.. Top quality batiks.
    That may give you some ideas. They will cut your pattern and materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I can see it not being profitable in a store to precut.

    But offering it as an on-demand service for a fee seems to have less risk.

    As a shop, you aren't going to get stuck with cut up kits that don't sell.

    As an individual (or shop), someone else selected and bought the fabric so just charge an amount for the labor cutting the pieces.

    How long would it take you to cut a YBR lap size quilt?
    30 minutes? More? Less?
    And just like a LA-er, you've got a menu.
    Pre-wash and iron? They wash, you iron?
    And charge accordingly.

    I've always been fascinated by the listings on eBay.
    There are a few sellers that have been doing fussy cuts for quilts block - selling for years.
    Quite the cottage industry.

    Like this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-12-Kalei...item19c9008c80

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-block-PRE...item3a6a84dd4e

    How do you think that breaks down between material and labor?
    I have seen these before.
    WOW...$30 for just 10 blocks...and nothing to tie them together, as in other blocks, borders, etc...
    The rail fence was just a bit TOO easy!

    Have to do some more research for sure!

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    I just won on eBay 12, 8" precut batik log cabin blocks for $15.45. No way I could do it for that price especially batik fabrics. Since the seller had several, I got two kits, and the combined shipping was only $4.30 So for $35, I got a good sized batik quilt top :thumbup:

    I rarely buy precut quilts, but once in awhile, I just want to be lazy and have it done for me :wink:

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    I wouldn't mind mine pre-cuts but would want my fabrics and my patterns. You could start with those ladies and see if you enjoy doing it for others. Maybe offer them $5 off their next order if they refer someone to you with an order if you want to continue. I would wash their fabric as you don't know if it might have little unwanted "pets" in it because who wants bed bugs in their stash? I would tell them before hand that you wash all fabric before cutting.

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    I've heard of kits before that are fully precut. My concern is always how accurate they are. Look at the Bali Pops (which I know aren't a kit, but are a wonderful example of horrible cutting)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    John Flynn's web site has laser pre-cuts $25. To $45.. Top quality batiks.
    That may give you some ideas. They will cut your pattern and materials.
    I am doing the smallest storm at sea he sells. I love that it is already cut. Especially since it is so small!

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    Recently at a Women's Expo, a quilting stall sold quilt kits....I was so tempted to buy one but changed my mind because I thought if I made a mistake in cutting, I wouldn't have enough fabric to finish the kit. I'm still thinking about that kit and wondering if I should have taken the chance. If the kit had been precut, I think I wouldn't have hesitated to buy it.

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    When I owned my quilt shop a few years ago, I did kits for new and upcoming lines, and only did 5. I also used to do the fabric cutting for their patterns for several elderly ladies, as long as they bought the fabric in my store. I would take a Monday (as we were closed) and do up their kits for them. I only charged $10.00/hr for doing this, as they did purchase the fabric in my store. They were always very appreciative and didn't mind paying the extra fee. I did this for five years, as an extra for customers, as no one else offered it and I never had any negative feedback.

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    A few years ago, i ran into a woman at Joanns..she was picking out her fabrics, had the pattern in hand. She said she had arthritis so bad, she could not cut anymore. she paid a woman
    $30 to cut the quilts out for her.
    i thought i could do that! retired and I love cutting
    (and piecing!) hate the quilting and binding process..
    now if i could just find people,locally, to cut for! think of the fabric i could buy!

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    No I don't like Kit's I like to design it with my own choice of fabrics that is the fun on piecing I think.

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    I like buying the kits and always found enough fabric even if i made a mistake.

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    I buy kits because I have no idea how materials go together and this solves my problem. -- J

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    Hi,

    I am very interested as I often cut pieces that are not
    accurate and I end up throwing fabric away. I have bought kits on Ebay.

    Nancy

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    A store in TN that we occasionally goes to have precut quilt kits - but they're usually like stars or sunbonnet sues and whatnot - not just squares and rectangles. I despise SS and the colors for the stars never did it for me - a bit too old fashioned for my tastes. If they used more appealing fabrics, I would jump all over it :)

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