someone posted this on FB…and it puts it rather well.
http://whatthecraft.com/overpriced-cant-afford-handmade-pricing/ (sorry, not sure how to make this a link…but worth cutting & pasting)
so I thought I’d do a bit of a breakdown of my own. this represents a 3 metre string of bunting.
consultation, ideas, sketches – can take from an hour up to several hours over email, sketch book, photos.
fabric research – online is usually the first port of call, this can take from an hour to several hours too.
fabric buying – online makes it easier, can take an hour or two if using different sources, this also pushes the price up!
fabric buying by bike – can take an hour or so…but it can take up to five if I have to go all over the city!
planning & cutting - this can take about 6 hours.
sewing – making each flag takes about 3 minutes, a 3 metre string of bunting will have about 12 – 14 flags on it. so up to an hour. then sewing onto the binding or ribbon is the quickest part…can take about half an hour.
packaging for post – with finding nice packaging and then a trip to the post office…about half an hour.
preparing for shop – takes about 20 mins to cycle to the shop where you can find some of my bunting. it’s cheaper to buy direct from me of course… )
so…using the smallest amounts of time…that’s already about 13 hours! if I were to charge the going rate of £20 per hour for creative industries…that would be…ASTROFLIPPINGNOMICAL!!! there’s no way I would charge over £250 for a bit of bunting…and that’s not even accounting for the cost of materials! so if you think about it…you’re pretty much getting my time for free!
this has been a most interesting experiment! I know my worth…do you?