Hi, I have a question about selling quilting kits. I make quilts out of second-hand and vintage fabrics with organic cotton batting, and I'm thinking about starting to make some kits up that let people do the sewing themselves.
My question is whether or not I should make the kits "all-inclusive," meaning that I provide the batting, thread, backing, etc., or whether they should simply be fabric kits, in which I provide the coordinating cut pieces of fabric and maybe coordinating backing fabric and bias binding.
I'd like to sell these kits at fairs and whatnot. Ideas? THANKS!
These are _gorgeous_. The prof. quilting looks great and is a timesaver and a half, and they are very Denyse Schmidt. I love them and would be honored to get them as a gift. How beautifu. Can you tell I'm impressed? Wow.
I'd say, rock that fabric. it's nice, dark, got good colors in it, etc. if you're woried about too much grandma, just fussy-cut the pattern to cut off some of the flowers, make them non-symmetrical on the clutch: grandmas would *never* not-center the pattern. (ha)
don't get too notions-y on that fabric though. You might get real "grandma-wants-to-be-young-again."
I think the problem IS epidemic, and I'm glad you brought this up. I've been considering this for a long time. I quilt, and would LOVE to be able to sell art quilts, as well as crib, twin and queen sized quilts, but the cost of time is prohibitive, especially when people can go to Target and buy a "quilt" for $30 or go on ebay and buy one for $100.
I disagree that the issue has to do with finding cheap materials. I've talked to a number of crafters, and they all say that they often underestimate the time costs so that their goods appear to be "reasonably priced." This can sometimes be as drastic as putting their work at $5/hour (for skilled, skilled labor!).
I think the best thing to do is to continue to sell for the price you think your work is worth.
yes, I agree that plastic would work better - if you get it wet, it doesn't matter so much. Also, a real thick interfacing, or a couple layers of interfacing might work to just strengthen it up a little bit (the bottom, or sides, as well.)
yes, it reminds me of a background you might see in a catalog, with gorgeous models lounging around the room, or sitting on the dresser or standing in front of the wallpaper, just looking gorgeous, in your gorgeous, gorgeous room!