Someone has asked me to make a lap quilt out of old shirts from her deceased father. She would just give me the shirts. I would have to do all cutting, sewing, and quilting.
Do I charge per lap quilt? I would have to include batting & probably backing. The quilting would probably be easy meandering.
I'm thinking 36" x 42" or 48". Suggestions appreciated.
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Sorry I don't have any help for you, Michelle, but someone else surely does.
I'mdoing one now for a lady. Hers will be 50"x60". I'm charging her $200. Normally, I'd charge $250, but I discounted because we're using her shirts instead of my fabrics to make the top. I probably undercharged her, but I felt like I was taking advantage of her if I had asked for more.
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When I make t-shirt quilts I charge $10 per shirt, if you are using the shirts to piece a block maybe you could charge $10 per block, this includes any extra fabric, batting, backing , quilting and binding.
One time I made a quilt from 49 shirts, this kid must have joined every club at his college, and when I presented the customer with a bill for $500 I thought she would swallow her tongue, needless to say when she wanted one make for another child she contacted someone else and I have not found out what that person charged, but I did not feel guilty for what I charged. Her husband is my dentist and he isn't afraid to charge me for working on my teeth.
I have a simple formula. And it seems as if several here have similar thoughts.
Cost of materials plus cost of labor. That's what every other service person does. You determine what your time is worth.
Even though she'll provide the shirts, I'm assuming you will have to come up with a design, that's time and labor. You'll be cutting and piecing, time/labor. Long arm quilters charge by the inch, you'll be doing that so add it into your cost. Even if you use batting and fabric from your stash, it has to be replaced so that's a materials cost. If you're going to shop for the backing and batting, that's time/materials.
gmvj says to charge by the block or shirt. That's simply a price that takes all of the above into consideration.
That ketchup you get with your french fries is part of the price you pay for the fries as is the container, napkins, salt and oil they're cooked in.
It's a business deal and that's how you should treat it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Timely topic for me. My 19 year old daughter, volunteered me to make one of her closest friends a t-shirt quilt. When I talked to the mom, she asked if I would also make one for her other two daughters! After talking to her some more, I realized she meant to pay me for the other two. I had to tell her that I had never charged for the t-shirt quilts I had made as they were all for family or friends. I now have the t-shirts for the original friend quilt and will keep track of materials and time. It will be easy to calculate the materials, but how do you determine a charge for your time?
Also find out how large she thinks a "lap" quilt is. I like a snuggle quilt that covers me from shoulders to toes so I can snooze in the recliner.
I always tell people they can't afford me, then if they insist on a price I name some outrageous price and watch the look on their face.
How much are you worth? Good question. My son told me this story several years ago. He is a civil engineer and was working for a highway construction company.
The company charged the customer $160 an hour for my son's services. He did not get paid $160 an hour. lolllll
My car repair shop charges $60 p/h for their labor, the mechanic gets paid about $15. The new car dealership charges $80 p/h, the mechanic gets $15....if he's lucky. My plumbing repair shop charges $80 p/h, the plumber gets $18.
You know what the minimum wage is set at, how much better are you than a recently hired, inexperienced employee?
IF this person is a close friend, I would ask her to pay for the fabric and batting and I'd make it for free. If you like making this type of quilt I'd take lots of pics etc and use it as a possible sales opportunity to show to others and spotlight your work.
If it just someone refered to you because they heard you quilt, then I'd charge for my labor also. But I would still have them purchase the fabric and batting just so they understand how much it all costs.
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