Friday, 17 October 2014

Working on a Custom Order

Hello everyone! I've been busy working on a custom order for one of these.

It was designed by Janine of Rainbow Hare and is a fabulous little pattern I picked up from Etsy now, before anyone tells me off, the pattern maker has given anyone who has bought the pattern, permission to make and sell to order, as long as we attribute the designer. Which I have, and do.

It's a lovely little pattern. The pages and pages of instructions scared me the first time I made it, but now I can put it together, in order, without having to refer to the instructions except to check measurements, of course.

I was selling this item for £45, but I've had to increase my price. I'll tell you why.

£45 was a figure that I plucked out of the air. It seemed a good deal and I didn't want people to be put off buying the item, just because it was too expensive. But since making it a few times, I've come to realise, I've been selling myself short.

So, I looked at fabric costs, wadding costs, threads, felt, needles, having to buy new pinking shears for the bunting, the HOURS of quilting, the HOURS of handsewing all the windows and doors. The machine piecing, the finishing touches, not to mention the cost of electricity. 

If I paid myself minimum wage just for the hours it took to put this together (not the fabric or wadding costs), then it would come to more than £45. 

So, now on my Etsy shop, the caravan cover is priced at £70 plus P&P. This is still way under what it should be, but I don't want to price myself out of the market. Hopefully, I will still get orders and I can continue to keep making this lovely cover.

So what about you? Have you ever undersold one of your items? Have you had to significantly increase the price? 

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