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What do I charge for a baby quilt???

kdcrowley's picture

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Someone recently saw the quilt that I made for my son, who is 6 months old today. It was my first quilt that was just 24 8" X 9" squares sewn 4x6 and then hand-tied at the corners. It came out nicely and everyone comments, I think because it is really bright colors and cheerful. I have doen a couple more since then but always with squares and rectangles--no fancy piecing as that frustrates me incredibly.

Anyway, I have been making some quilts for friends as gifts now-I think that every baby deserves a bright, colorful, and warm quilt to snuggle into. They also are good as the babies like the patterns and bright colors alot.

So this woman has asked me to make some quilts for her to give to her grandkids and I have no idea what to charge. My husband wants me to charge materials plus a comfortable hourly charge to derive the price to tell this woman....but when I do that I come up with about 100 dollars.

What does everyone charge for a quilt if someone asks, and likewise what have you seen baby quilts priced at?

Thanks in advance.

darlene_e's picture

(post #30215, reply #1 of 3)

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kd, there is an excellent article on pricing your quilts at www.bryerpatch.com/fad/marketing.htm. Also see www.cuddlekin.com/home.html, www.1877kozybaby.com, and www.blue-bear-baby-quilts.com for prices for baby quilts. These people make and sell baby quilts over the net.

More than likely, at least $100 should be about right. Don't try to compete with slave labor in China. Several years back, I had a lady ask me how much I would charge to piece a log cabin quilt top for her. I thought too quickly and said $200 (I should have said at least $500). She thought that was outrageous, but she had absolutely no idea how much work was involved (or didn't care). People still want to pay Depression era prices for hand-made items. You don't have to buy into this.

Charge what your time is worth. If people don't want to pay it, then find a market that will.

Good luck!

Darlene

Sarah_Kayla's picture

(post #30215, reply #2 of 3)

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Many years ago when I started doing handwork for pay I was told the following formula.

hourly wage + materials x 2 = wholesale price

This has worked pretty well for me. People used to dicker about price with me when I started. I raised my hourly fee. Now I get nearly no complaints. My work is pretty specialized and folks can't get it elsewhere. I have essentially tripled my hourly fee over the past 10 years as my work has improved. I need to raise my fees again.

Good luck!

Sarah

Vivian_Gillette's picture

(post #30215, reply #3 of 3)

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Hi out there to everyone. I am in the process of selling my starquilts over the internet. If you have any comments or concerns that I should be aware of please give me the information, beings I am new into this business. My sizes for quilts are from doll, baby, small twin, twin, full, queen and kings sizes. Anxiously waiting to read your comments. VH