On the strength of Annie’s delight in Max’s blanket, advice from my ‘dragon’ and the encouragement of my wonderful friends, I have stuck my neck out and advertised for commissions on Folksy for my baby blankets and baby cushions (oh how I wish I had photographed more of the stuff I have made!!!). I’m going to add the bags kiddy clothes and kiddy aprons that I am working on too and someone very sensibly suggested pet apparel!!!
It’s really difficult to know how to pitch these things but if I am to do more than dip my toe into making a living from sewing, I have to do this!! What you are able to charge for a commission like a hand appliqued baby blanket doesn’t reflect, in any way whatsoever, the amount of time that it takes to produce these things. But if you priced it based on ‘time sheets’, you’d get absolutely no interest!
Because I love doing these applique blocks so much and there has to be a sense of satisfaction or pleasure in what you do it overcomes the issue of cost when they are gifts or commissions for friends. There’ll be trial and error on the pricing, I’ve no doubt but I’ve decided to post my blankets on folksy to see what interest or commissions it generates. So far, there’s lots of interest and it is the cushion that used to be an arran sweater that is getting most interest.
BUT, it gets a bit scarier as you get older (and you hopefully get a bit more sensible). I have huge amounts of support and encouragement, I have people around me who believe I can do this. Isn’t that just wonderful.
It has been raining for the last few days but I can still feel the sun…….