I expect you think I’m thinking about Christmas. Not quite yet – but soon!
This week my FQ bundle of Pernilla’s Journey, by Tina Givens from Sew Fresh Fabrics, arrived.
I was a little disappointed to find that out of two fqs I only got four whole elephants and two of those have the rider’s balloons chopped off. Overall, though, I love the story book quality of the images and I’m thinking about making a quilt with varying sizes of stars, probably having three different panels and some grey background. I’m not sure yet, though, if I really want to use all these fqs together. I might separate out the colours and and use some of them for something else. Anyway – not until after Christmas.
On a different note, I’ve also been idly wondering about the viability of selling on Folksy. Some quick searching on Folksy came up with:
Quits approx 420
Wall Hangings approx 941
Cushions approx 417
Pin Cushions approx 7,736
Mug Rugs approx 461
Aprons approx 462
Lots of items were listed 4 or 5 months ago and, I think, a listing lasts 6 months so many items probably time out rather than get sold. Also, of the few shops I looked at, many had very few items with the total value of stock being a few hundred pounds. All of this doesn’t seem to add up to a viable way of making a living. Having said that it only costs 20p + vat to list an item and 5% of any sales so there isn’t much to lose by listing. But then we come to pricing. With a reasonably large quilt the raw materials come to well over £100 so even working at the minimum wage I’m not sure it would be possible to make one within a price bracket anyone would be prepared to pay.
I’ve often heard it said about poetry that everyone wants to write it but no one buys it and I think here (in the UK) maybe it’s the same with quilts and handmade sewing. There are more people wanting to make than buy and the main people who really appreciate the value are other crafters. I hope this is wrong and, if anyone has direct personal experience of all this, I’d love to hear from them.
Anyway, before you think this is just a very negative and depressing post, I should move on to what I have concluded. I am thinking that to genuinely think about selling handmade items, it’s might be a good idea to come up with a theme or style and diversify around it. For example, making a French Vintage style wall hanging but selling patterns/kits/notecards with the picture on and offering commissions of similar pieces (I think people expect to pay more for commissioned items). I would be really interested to hear what anyone else thinks about any of this.
My thinking about Christmas officially begins next week!
In the meantime I’m linking up with Rebecca Lynne for Thursday Think Tank where the festive season is already well under way! Come over and see what everyone else has been ruminating on :)