by loosie 14 Mar 2015

A teacher asked me if I knew how to make a tote bag. So I went home and made this tote as a demo (for size etc.)


Well she loved the size, the pockets, she would like me to make three for her daughters.

Now using fabric from my stash, how much should I charge?
I have know idea, we are in Canada if that makes a difference :)

Designs from Ace points

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by gerryb 15 Mar 2015

Great job! As for price...are you doing it just for the fun of doing it, or for both fun & profit!? As others have said, I'd list the costs of supplies & go from there! I am usually up front with people & tell them the cost & then the asking price. Sometimes they want it, sometimes they don't. I use the cost if I have to replace it...not the cost of finding it on sale!

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)
Good advice

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by marianb 15 Mar 2015

Outstanding bag.. What ever amount you decide remember on remember it may have been in your stash, but it will have to be replaced eventually. I also agree get a deposit from her tell her it is for supplies that way you know she is serious about the bags..

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by highlandermom 14 Mar 2015

Looks great I wish you well on your selling.

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by seamssewcreative 14 Mar 2015

Well, I'm going to try making a comment...again! When I hit the "submit" I've been getting an "error" page. Anyway, I live in southern BC (Oliver) and bags seem to sell quite well around here. Many in our quilt guild make bags and sell them at our community Fall Craft Fair. I was in our quilt shop a few days ago and noticed 2 bags: $40 and $90. Now, there are things to consider when you do your pricing...are there any interior pockets? do they have zipper closures? how much time did you spend making your bag? I know that because I love to sew folk just seem to think they'll get a freebie! Don't ever sell yourself short...we all know we don't get what our project is worth but consider the yardage price and any trim that you use...it all adds up, and if you're like many of us, each bag is one-of-a-kind so that in itself makes it unique. I love your colours...just a reminder that Spring is in the air. All the best and be blessed as you put your creativity into what you make.

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thank you, neighbor :)

seamssewcreative by seamssewcreative 15 Mar 2015

Where do you live in BC?

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by babash 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful bag. Can't help with the pricing as I know things in Canada cost more than other places. Could I suggest you work out how much fabric is needed and what all your supplies cost ( all the little extra bits) and give her 2 choices 1st the price you are happy with complete and the 2nd the one where she buys the fabric and you supply labour and the extra's.
I am guessing she will go with your price as most non sewers have no idea how much fabric costs. Here in Australia I can buy a metre (39 inches) from $6 to $28 a metre depending on the quality.
So guessing at least a metre all up is used $30 might just cover costs. No extra pocket money for you.
Even though you plan on using your stash you still had to buy it in the first place.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 14 Mar 2015

Good advice & remember that the new fabrics will cost more than the ones from your stash.

loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thank you, good advice :)

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by baldacchino 14 Mar 2015

Because we make hand made stuff people think they can get it cheap or free, don't sell your self short like the last comment said, stick to a price if don't like it tough, Well done with those bags , it costs me about $15 of the material and stuffing for good canvice, Just because you had the stash , you still payed for the stuff , I think good price $40-$60 Canadian, I don't charge for mine as I make them for presents, I got caught once never again . L SHERENE X

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)
I always make gifts too, this is the first time someone asked me to make something for their family.

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by asterixsew Moderator 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful work. I have been out today and in a craft shop saw some bags with a small applique on and they were selling from £35 - £40 which by my calculations is up to $60 for Canada. Don't sell yourself short, good luck and keep us updated

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asterixsew by asterixsew 14 Mar 2015

Your asking for comments on costing's remained me of someone who wanted their collection of teddy bears dressed in Civil War costumes. This was 20 or more so years ago and they more or less expected me to do the job for nothing. I very politely decline

loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

I hear you, I'm going to give her a price and she how she accepts it first, thanks for your time :)

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by rgotter 14 Mar 2015

Love the tote - the colors are so springy.

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by gdsteliga 14 Mar 2015

I would have no problem starting at $40.00. You do beautiful work.

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by designgirl 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by tlp22 14 Mar 2015

Gorgeous!!!!

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loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by chenille 14 Mar 2015

I love your bag!I totally agree with "pldc". Things are much more expensive here in Canada. Where in southern B.C. do you live? We live in the south east near the Rockies. Let us know how things go with the bags.
Hugs, Nadyne

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gdsteliga by gdsteliga 14 Mar 2015

Hi Chenille.
Would you be around Cranbrook area?

chenille by chenille 14 Mar 2015

Yes, we live in Cranbrook. Are there any other "Cuties" around here?

loosie by loosie 15 Mar 2015

Live in the Okanagan :)

gdsteliga by gdsteliga 15 Mar 2015

Lived in Balfour now in Ontario. Hubby grew up in Trail his family is from Fernie. Miss it terribly.

chenille by chenille 15 Mar 2015

If you are ever in the area again let me know & we will get together

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by pldc 14 Mar 2015

Hi Loosie I think that you did a terrific job on your bag. Depending on your batting I would charge $40 each & because she is buying 3 tell her you will give her a discount & charge her $35 each instead. This is not outrageous in Canada the cost of materials is considerably higher plus in Ontario we have 13% taxes on most everything so I am guessing your material would be @ least half of that. Hope that this helps & I agree 100% tell her the price first & then ask for a 50% deposit so you can get the materials required to make them. Even if you use the fabric in your stash. ~hugs~

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks, great info :)

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by dragonflyer 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful job...not surprised she wants three! Tally up your expenses and labor and just because the fabric is from your stash doesn't matter...you had to buy it! Also, start high...you can always come down if your customer thinks it is "too expensive"....and not to forget she is getting a custom bag...and if you decide on a price...get at least a 50% deposit on the bags...

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by momac 14 Mar 2015

Very smart, well done.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by basketkase 14 Mar 2015

Delightful tote bag sure to please the recipient!!

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by sdrise 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful and I love the colors!!

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by noah 14 Mar 2015

You know i have never made one either:(:(Carolyn from Canada .Where do you live i forget??Me in Northern,Ontario

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

I'm in Southern, British Columbia :)

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by lbrow 14 Mar 2015

I love it. Great job!/Lillian

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by lilylady 14 Mar 2015

sew cute, can see why she love it.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by decojo 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful bags!

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by sonjapotgieter 14 Mar 2015

Love the Bag ..Well done great work you have done with it!!!!

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by devon 14 Mar 2015

I love it great job!!! Charge like pennifold had said love that idea.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by lidiad 14 Mar 2015

That's a beautiful bag! Sorry I can't help you with pricing.
Hugs, Lidia

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by baydreamer 14 Mar 2015

Best to ask her how much she is willing to pay! Then go from there.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by Shyamala 14 Mar 2015

Very pretty. Love the purple.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by shirley124 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful bag. No wonder she wants 3. I have no idea on how much to charge. Hugs

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by teun 14 Mar 2015

Sieht ganz toll aus

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by stella1 14 Mar 2015

Excellent very nice and beautiful. Great work loved the choice of the fabric

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by pennifold 14 Mar 2015

Stunning job on the bag Loosie. Trev and I were talking about how much it cost me to make mine, but of course I've got that Bosal stuff in it and that adds quite a bit. He reckons I should charge at least $50.00. As others have said, you need to break down costs, work out how much fabric/metreage etc.you use, the wadding, the ribbon etc. your time and cost of power using the machine - and don't be scared to charge a decent fee. Try asking for $25.00 a bag and see what she says! If she balks at that try and come to some sort of agreement. Hope you can work it all out. Love Chris

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by greysewist Moderator edited 14 Mar 2015

Beautiful job on the bags!. Disregard that the fabric came from your stash. You'd have paid for it at some time, anyway! No wonder she was so pleased. I also have difficulties with asking for a decent price, so often take payment in kind -i.e. sewing supplies etc. Maybe that would also work for you.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by marfa 14 Mar 2015

Nice and delicate, well donr, lovelu colors

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by Trish56 14 Mar 2015

I love these. great job, I was told once that if you add the price of the items that you have used, then double it. Although the material is coming from your stash, you would have an idea of the cost per meter/yard and how much you used on each bag, then don't forget how much to estimate for the cottons, wadding if used, also an estimate for the cost of the design used, add that all together and then double it.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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by jerrib 14 Mar 2015

Well done. Carolyn is going to want this one. Where in Canada do you live? I am in BC.
As for how much to charge, this is something I have a problem with, as well. . You never truly get the amount that they are worth.

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)
I'm in BC too :)

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by aussiequilter 14 Mar 2015

well done ,very pretty

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loosie by loosie 14 Mar 2015

Thanks :)

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