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Thread: Quilted Wallet a big hit...but?

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    Quilted Wallet a big hit...but?

    Ever since I made my first quilted wallet, so many of my friends want one now...how much do I charge? I was thinking $5, but is that too little? It still takes a lot of time, as the fabric has to be quilted and the wallet is finished by binding it. It is so hard to charge for something that I love to do... anyone else have this problem?
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    I wouldn't charge that low.
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    I would charge $10, you have fabric, velcro, time and quilting

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    Very nice wallet! I think $5.00 is way too low...you cannot buy one for that amount and they are not hand made. I would go about $12.00. Better to start a little high and be able to come down.

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    That looks so cute, i'd charge $10.00.
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    I agree with $10. It is low for all the work that goes into them but if they are for friends that's okay. You also want to charge enough that you don't end up having to sew wallets forever!

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    Cute wallets. A company called Thirty One sells mass produced soft quilted wallets for $22.

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    great wallet-at least 10.00 or up to 13.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I agree with $10. It is low for all the work that goes into them but if they are for friends that's okay. You also want to charge enough that you don't end up having to sew wallets forever!
    lol-and if you have to sew them forever at least make a few bucks.
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    mmm...agreed... $10 seems very very reasonable...nice job by the way
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    Yup! I do have that problem, but you have to be realistic when charging, I usually state upfront how long it will take to make and the rough cost of materials and put some on top for more fabric! If it's too much then it's their decision to not have it. It's a skill you have like a plumber or carpenter, dress maker or cook they all charge. If it's for friends then I have "mates rates" but tell them not to quote that to some one else who may want the same item. It is a difficult one to decide on. Good luck. Oh could you make me one LOL!!!!

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    Don't sell yourself short, I would go $15.00 and tell them if someone else wants one then they are $20.00

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    I'd say $10 is even too low. I'd go more like $15-$20. That way your friend gets something they cherish, and you're not having to make them for every Tom-Dick-and-Harry. Your time is valuable. You're not devaluing your friendship by asking "enough" for your adorable wallets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ View Post
    I'd say $10 is even too low. I'd go more like $15-$20. That way your friend gets something they cherish, and you're not having to make them for every Tom-Dick-and-Harry. Your time is valuable. You're not devaluing your friendship by asking "enough" for your adorable wallets!
    I agree.. You sure would not find a decent one in a store for five bucks. With time and supplies at least fifteen!

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    I would agree with the others.......$10 to $13 if your using scraps. That's a great buy for a handmade item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckySt View Post
    Don't sell yourself short, I would go $15.00 and tell them if someone else wants one then they are $20.00
    I definately agree. How long does it take you to make one, starting with fabric selection? What is the going hourly wage in your area? Don't sell yourself short. In S.Cal you could easily get $20.

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    If you don't charge a reasonable price (ie too low) you will find yourself making wallets at a loss. My Mom made beautiful things, but did not charge enough and wound up selling items at a loss. And customers did not want to pay the increased cost. I agree $12-15 would be a good price. Remember your time is valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckySt View Post
    Don't sell yourself short, I would go $15.00 and tell them if someone else wants one then they are $20.00
    I agree with Becky also. 15.00 for friends and 20.00 for everyone else.

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    My friend makes quilted wallets, she sells for $25. Looks the same as yours. Guess things cost more here, she uses scraps.
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    Depends on long it takes you to make them and what the materials cost. $12 sounds low to me. $15? my 2 cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I would agree with the others.......$10 to $13 if your using scraps. That's a great buy for a handmade item.
    I did not know that "scraps" are free... devils' advocate that I am! Why discount the value of scraps? You still paid good $$ to buy the fabric.
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    I say $15.00.
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    Pay yourself $10 an hour at least and calculate how long it takes to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    mmm...agreed... $10 seems very very reasonable...nice job by the way
    Yep, with folks paying up to $6 for a cuppa joe, you should ask at least $10. If they want a specialized wallet (monogram, certain fabric, etc.) you could charge more.
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    I would tell them the prices start at $10, then offer embellishments for a certain price.
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