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Old 02-27-2021, 11:02 AM
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I was asked to make the chair and foot poof in the picture for someone. I priced it out, and it will cost about 35-50 dollars if I buy foam in bulk. I'm comfortable with approximately $90 for the set. Honestly I feel like I could go a bit higher on price, but don't know about that really.

Do you think approx $90 would be fair? This isn't someone that would be hurt by spending that much at all. I could probably charge $150 and they wouldn't blink an eye.


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Old 02-27-2021, 11:03 AM
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I think $90 is too low.
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It's a good price
Old 02-27-2021, 11:03 AM
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I think $90 is very fair and even on the low side.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:05 AM
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Iíve read that for hand crafted items it should be the cost of materials x 3.

If you charge by the hour it would probably be too expensive.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:05 AM
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Let me think on it then, I dont mind charging more if it's fair.

Yes, 3x costs is the usual recommendation, but there is usually some flexibility to that depending on complexity.


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Old 02-27-2021, 11:08 AM
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I would double your $90, or even charge $200.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:15 AM
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Too low, Iíd say at least $150. Iíve paid a friend $50 for a purse she made and was happy to do it!
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:17 AM
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$90 is too low. I think you could go up to $150-$200.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:22 AM
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I have seen foot poufs at target around that size for about $50-60 regular price. I think $150 would be a steal.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:31 AM
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How long did it take you to make it? Please donít undercut the cost of your valuable labor, Zephie. We know (from other pictures, too) that you do very nice work. I know nothing about their value, but I do expect to pay dearly for custom work. Please donít sell yourself short.


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Old 02-27-2021, 11:43 AM
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I stepped into a JoAnn's Fabrics a couple of months ago to look at fabrics and was floored by the price per yard. Are you sure that you are charging enough to cover materials and your labor?
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:43 AM
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My gut instinct is that it would take 2-3 hours to stitch... so I'll double that and say 4-5 hours for construction. That seems reasonable for actual construction time.

I know what will take me the longest is cutting the pattern out. That always takes me the longest.

The fabrics it's designed for is about $6 a yard.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:46 AM
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I'd quote $200. If that gets a shocked face, you can go down to $175 or $150. Like amiga said, don't sell yourself short.
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:05 PM
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Agree with not selling yourself short. If you charge $90 and you think it will take 5 hours to make, you are essentially charing $8/hour for your labor (if materials are around $50). You're worth more than that. I think $150 is more reasonable, but I also agree you could certainly go above that. You are also having to do the shopping for materials and that takes time.
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:31 PM
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I agree with some of the other posters. I would charge more than $90 especially if you piecing together several pieces of fabric like in the picture. Iíd at least go in the range of $125-$150. The time you spend on the 2 pieces should be taken into consideration.
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:03 PM
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What kind of foam and where do you get it? I was going to cover a bench and the foam was outrageous. Share your source if you donít mind.
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:29 PM
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I think $90 is too low

I would also look at the cost of factory-made items just for a comparison

ANNNNNDDDD...I would definitely use a COUPON for every. single. item. purchased to make my money go farther! (too many items, not enough coupons, drag someone else to the store with you or make 2 trips!)
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:34 PM
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Your cost x 1.5 is how I price my baked goods. $90 is too low
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:42 PM
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Saw this on one of my sewing Facebook groups... ďYour talent does not depend on someone elseís budget.Ē

Figure out the materials, cost for labor and charge accordingly.
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:45 PM
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Maybe tell them the amount/types of things needed and have them purchase it and then charge them labor. That will take some time to construct and you should charge plenty for that.
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Old 02-27-2021, 02:25 PM
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If you CAN charge $150 and know the person wouldn't blink and eye, then charge a little more. How about $175-180? You watn to make a nice profit after all, it's your hard craftsmanship and time and gas getting the materials, etc.
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Old 02-27-2021, 02:40 PM
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I agree with what the pp have said. Don't sell your talents short and do charge over $90. At least $180.
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Old 02-27-2021, 03:26 PM
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When I used to do crafts and sell them (probably 15 years ago now), the standard rate was 3 times your cost on average. I would say that you should charge at least that, if not more.
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