Friday, May 13, 2011

Would You Pay $125 for this bag?

I am reposting this because Blogger lost it.
A while ago my mom asked me if I would make my uncle's girlfriend a bag. Joanie has been so nice to my mom.  Recently,  Joanie planned the cruise that my mom went on with her, my uncle and another aunt.  Mom wanted to say "thank you". She said she'd pay me for making the bag. I said I would make it for the cost of the fabric, only. Not my labor!
Joanie is a hip 72 years young. I haven't been able to find any fabric that was screaming "Joanie" to me, until today. I went to my LQS to return a gadget that was an impulse buy last week. I decided I didn't need a $35 circle maker. I'd rather have a few yards of fabric, instead. I wanted to build my Kona solids stash with some black and dark brown, a blue stripe to add to my future "stripey" quilt stash and then I spotted a bag sitting behind the counter. When I asked about it the clerk said it was a future class but they didn't have a date for it yet. Well, I wanted to make it today, so I bought some black and white fabrics, went in the car and sketched the bag and came home and made the bag my way.
$25 in fabric plus 5 hours of labor at $20 per hour=$125...that's what I would have to charge for this bag but who would pay that much? Not me!




Isn't it so cute? I think Joanie will be surprised and pleased.
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17 comments:

Beata said...

bag is fantastic BRAVO :-D

Geri Centonze said...

gorgeous bag! It's hard to place a value on handmade things - but you never know if it will sell unless you try.

Cindy Lou said...

Very nice. I wish I had the talent to draw something that I had seen then recreate it. Good job!

Cassandra said...

Yes! Actually, this bag is not my personal style, but if I found one that was, (of similar size and detail) I would easily pay that much. Think of the price of good bags in stores! (I mean, the last time I spent more than $50 on a bag...I couldn't tell you - but that's just b/c it wasn't in the budget.)

I often find handmade items (esp clothing) on Etsy, etc. and immediately start saving for them b/c I know they are quality, and a lot more original and stylish than anything I'd find in a store. So, yes, I'd pay it, and no, I never mind paying more for quality and handmade. But being in the handmade community - I might have a better appreciation for the time that goes into something like this and a price that then fairly has to go with it.

RenegadeQuilter said...

Love the bag!!!! Nice job!!! Now for the $125 - I don't know. Maybe in some markets or on Etsy. Not in my market though.

Suzanne said...

Your bag is beautiful! Love the fabric and the style. I know exactly what you mean when you ask the question -- Would you pay that much for a bag. I have people raise their eyebrows when I charge $45-$55 for a bag, but that puts my labor costs at about $5 - $10 an hour! I've stopped making bags for my Etsy show because people aren't willing to spend that much and if I'm going to "give away" a bag I'd rather literally give it away to someone I love.

Geri Centonze said...

definitely worth reposting - it's a beautiful bag and I've seen it in person :) Blogger did say they're in the process of restoring all the posts that were lost.

Sarah Craig said...

That is a great bag!!! I love it - would you consider doing a tutorial? It's definitely one of the cutest bags I've seen in a long time!! Whoop whoop!!

Carol said...

Fantastic bag. Love the story that goes with it too. And yes, people pay that much for handmade bags all the time. Check out Bun bun bags if you don't believe me:)

P. said...

What a great bag! I love the black and white ruffly circles!

kc said...

I know exactly what you mean! My daughter needed a teacher appreciation gift - a biggie, so I volunteered to make her a tote bag big enough for a fat 3-ring binder and some other teachy stuff. OK, found some great home-dec fabric & some pretty stuff for outside, and even some ABC/crayon fabric for the inside. Of course, all coordinating. Made up the bag as I went along - pockets upon pockets upon pockets, AND a detachable key fob. Total cost - about 8 hours and about $10 in fabric. PLUS shipping - flat rate @ $10.95. Payment? "thanks Mom, that's beautiful!" We all work cheap, don't we???

greelyrita said...

The bag is beautiful. You did a super job! The question of fair cost is complicated. When you make only 1, the total cost of all the experimenting has to be paid for by the single purchaser. If you were to make 10, you could spread that cost out. Also, you would be able to make them a lot more quickly by doing everything in batches of 10. You'd be surprised how much time disappears switching from cutting to basting/pinning to sewing to ironing, etc. If you were making even more of them, you get economies from buying fabric in larger quantities. This is why 1-of's cost so much and prices in department stores are so low. And we're not even touching on paying people in developing countries pennies per hour to sew.

Michelle said...

*I* wouldn't buy a bag, not even a cheap one. I'd rather spend my money on fabric and stuff to make my own. But if I was a bag-buying person, I'd definitely go for yours. It's gorgeous!

Brita said...

I LOVE that bag!!! And yes, I would pay $125 for that bag! That is, if I couldn't figure out how to make it myself. Oh, yes, please -- a tutorial! Whoop Whoop!

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Super Cute Bag. She will likely adore it. I would if I were that age and someone made it for me~! I am just like you, I would look it over and then go home and make it. Good job!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a cute bag! It would also look great in reds and yellows, or, blues and yellows (but red is my favorite color). Great job.

Sally said...

This bag is gorgeous! I love the colors! I'm not sure that I would pay $125, but that's because I would know that I could make it for myself. Like the other posters have said, it's hard to put a price on handmade items.