As I was browsing through my rather extensive blog reading list yesterday, I came across a link to an interesting article at Hunter’s Design Studio.  In it Sam Hunter dissects what a quilt is really worth, which I thought was really interesting.  Please note that as she atests, what it’s worth and what you’ll get for it are not necessarily the same thing though.

I’ve been navigating my way through pricing issues for a while, and I have to say I use different formulae for different crafts, but I do wonder about whether or not I should.  Maybe I need a unified pricing structure for it all?  Saying that though, there’s a few things to take into consideration.

Quilt Material Prices:

Quilting cotton print = £13-£14/metre within the UK, or about £10/metre if I import it, including postage and duty
Quilting cotton plain = £5-7/m

Batting = £10/metre
Aurifil thread = £7.50-£8/1300m
Long arm hire = £15/hr + £10 thread charge

Bag Material Prices:

Quilting cotton print = £13-£14/metre within the UK, or about £10/metre if I import it, including postage and duty
Quilting cotton plain = £5-7/m
Home dec weight = £10-£12/m
Fusible fleece interfacing = £9-£10/metre (Vilene H640) or £8-£9/metre (Vilene H630)
Fusible woven interfacing = £7-£8/metre
Magnetic snaps = £1/snap
Zips = 75p – £1/zip
Strap hardware = £3-£4/set
Grid bag bottom = £4-£5
Gutterman’s sew all thread = £6-£8/1000m
Gutterman’s top stitch thread = £3.50/100m

Bear Material Prices:

Longer, dense mohair = £140+ per metre (all you non-bearmakers, scrape yourselves off the floor now please ;o))
Shorter, sparse mohair = £60-£70/metre
Ultrasuede = £60/metre
Glass eyes = 70p-£3 per pair, depending on size and style
Joints = £1.50-£2 per set, depending on size
Bouncifil stuffing = £10/kg
Steel shot = £8-£9/1.5 kg

Gutterman’s sew all thread = £6-£8/1000m
Gutterman’s top stitch thread = £3.50/100m
Template plastic = £2.50/sheet 18″ x 12″

My time for all + electricity = £10 (I’m feeling generous on the cost of my hours)

There was a long formula to calculate your quilt cost, but if, for example, I charged for my Madrona Corners quilt, I’d be talking:

(90 x 90 x 3)/1440 x £10 = £168.75 for fabric for the top

2.5 x 3 x £10 = £75 for fabric for the backing

0.5 x £10 = £5 for the binding

1.5 x £10 = £15 for batting

0.125 x £7.50 = 94p for thread for piecing

5 x £15 + £20 = £95 for quilting on the long arm (2 x thread charge as I’ve got 2 trips)

30 hrs @ £10/hr = £300 for labour and electricity

Grand total = £659.69  

For my recent bear, he would come in at:

3 x £2.50 = £7.50 for template plastic

0.6 x £140 = £84 for mohair

0.05 x £60 = £3 for ultrasuede

£2.50 for eyes

£2 for joints

1 x £10 = £10 for stuffing

0.2 x £8 = £1.60 for steel shot

0.1 x £8 = 80p for sew all thread

0.05 x £3.50 = 18p for top stitch thread

35 hrs @ £10/hr = £350 for labour and electricity

Grand total = £461.58  (and no, I didn’t charge anywhere near that)

This weekend I’ve been working on bags, some I will sell, some I will give away, and some I will sell the patterns for.  The pattern price thing is for another day though (check back next week)

Do you sell your quilts or other things you make?  How much do you charge?  Do you charge what it’s worth or what you think you can realistically get for it?

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