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I decided to concentrate on three items, baby pillowcases, ring bearer pillows and dream pillows, all of which are smaller than regular-sized.
I estimate an average of 24" of tatted edging will be needed for each piece. I am keeping the edging fairly simple in design, which I can tat at the rate of 4" per hour.
I don't have much expense in the pillow fabric because I'm using vintage handkerchiefs I inherited or bought for pennies each. I would say the cost of these is less than 50 cents each. I live in a very small town, but the market I'm looking to sell to is the upscale tourist market. We are on a direct route to a major vacation destination. I am also planning to market them on the internet at etsy.com or one of the other handmade sites.
So, anyone have any suggestions about price? The finished product will be 12x16 for the baby pillowcases, 8x8 to 10x10 for the ring bearer pillows, and 6x12 for the dream pillows (aromatherapy pillows filled with a chamomile and lavendar homemade potpourrie - cost 25 cents each pillow). Thanks!
I do a lot of sewing -- alterations and custom made stuff -- for people and I usually charge so that I make roughly $15 - $20 an hour. I also make quilts though, and to charge that much per hour of work on those would make the prices astronomical, so it's more of a whatever-the-going-rate-is.
If it takes a lot of time to make these things, I'd probably look and see what a bridal shop or local store would charge for the items and charge something similar, if not a little more because you handmade it and people tend to be willing to pay a little more for handmade items.
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