Video: Pricing Your Hand-made Goods

Hey there! I’m super happy to be bringing you another video in the unofficial sewing business advice video series I’ve been vlogging about lately. You all have had some great questions that I am hopefully helping to fill in the blanks for you.I did not have a mentor as I was starting and growing my clothing line.

I basically just had lots of trial and LOTS of error. And since I went at it alone, I am essentially passing on some of my lessons learned in hopes of helping you!

So, lots of people get tripped up in figuring out how to price themselves. Well, as the main graphic for this post alludes to; it’s not just about your costs.So, here’s the video and I hope that you find it helpful!

57 replies on “Video: Pricing Your Hand-made Goods”

  • Hello! Thanks for all of your insight. I’ve been sewing for a little over two years and have recently started advertising my items, I have people that want to purchase and I’m so excited about it! Could you give me some sites to find other unique fabrics, I live where we hardly have any fabric stores and the pickings are slim to none.

  • I’m glad you found the info valuable, Robin. You can find the answers to your questions by doing your research to see if your plan will work and where you can buy fabrics.

  • Armena, one word: No.No, I will select the fabric for you. No, my price is $xyz. No, I’m sorry, I can’t take your order.

  • It’s up to you, Donna. But, if you do not plan on sewing a few pieces ahead of time, then maybe vendor booths are not for you. Maybe get some samples together and have a party” with some girl friends and you can take their measurements and they can place orders with you.

  • Very good advice & not out there. I just need to get started. Erin, did you or do you have a banner for the vending event?

  • Very good advice & not out there. I just need to get started. Erin, did you or do you have a banner for the vending event?

  • This was extremely valuable advice. I am not at the point of selling yet but I will keep these notes in mind when I am ready. Thank you very much!

  • This was extremely valuable advice. I am not at the point of selling yet but I will keep these notes in mind when I am ready. Thank you very much!

  • Awesome advice that you don’t get for free or advice others don’t like to share because fear of competition. Thank you so much. I totally appreciate you!!!

  • Awesome advice that you don’t get for free or advice others don’t like to share because fear of competition. Thank you so much. I totally appreciate you!!!

  • Such good info!!!!!I recently took your 5 day free email course and I volunteered at a local farmers market where you can purchase a spot….Best choice ever, because it helped me realize on my ideal client. And I will not choose this place to market my items.Best advice ever!

  • Such good info!!!!!I recently took your 5 day free email course and I volunteered at a local farmers market where you can purchase a spot….Best choice ever, because it helped me realize on my ideal client. And I will not choose this place to market my items.Best advice ever!

  • Hi Eryn,Thank you for all the great information! I am just starting my own sewing business after many years of thinking about it. I am also, a freelance writer and feel both businesses will blend very well.Thanks again!

  • Hi Eryn,Thank you for all the great information! I am just starting my own sewing business after many years of thinking about it. I am also, a freelance writer and feel both businesses will blend very well.Thanks again!

  • This is great information. I do have a question though. What if you are the type of vendor that sews by order. In other words the part about plenty of inventory, I only sew an item if an order is placed so does that mean vendor booths is not the way for me to go?

  • This is great information. I do have a question though. What if you are the type of vendor that sews by order. In other words the part about plenty of inventory, I only sew an item if an order is placed so does that mean vendor booths is not the way for me to go?

  • This is very good information! I love that it is not the typical checklist information. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  • This is very good information! I love that it is not the typical checklist information. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  • Thanks for taking the time to do this video, Eryn. I really appreciate how you share the good and the bad of whatever you do, so that others can also learn from or avoid similar mistakes.

  • Thanks for taking the time to do this video, Eryn. I really appreciate how you share the good and the bad of whatever you do, so that others can also learn from or avoid similar mistakes.

  • OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG, I love this video. This is the place am currently in, I just received a message from a customer who no matter how many times I tell her stop pre-buying fabric, assuming it will be cheaper (how do you deal with customer’s who buy there own fabric? I prefer not customers don’t buy fabric, how do you get this message across? ). If I told you the ridiculous amount of money she wanted to give me for 3 dresses and 2 skirts your would fall on the floor (I haven’t even answered her yet am so offended), my husband was even insulted. I truly am taking your advisement, clean up my social media, my blog, pics, defined my brand, etc. and have already claimed you as my mentor in my head, smiles. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  • OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG, I love this video. This is the place am currently in, I just received a message from a customer who no matter how many times I tell her stop pre-buying fabric, assuming it will be cheaper (how do you deal with customer’s who buy there own fabric? I prefer not customers don’t buy fabric, how do you get this message across? ). If I told you the ridiculous amount of money she wanted to give me for 3 dresses and 2 skirts your would fall on the floor (I haven’t even answered her yet am so offended), my husband was even insulted. I truly am taking your advisement, clean up my social media, my blog, pics, defined my brand, etc. and have already claimed you as my mentor in my head, smiles. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  • First, I like the term ‘custom’ or ‘handmade’ — not homemade. Second, I really appreciate these videos. I like the idea of branding–who are your customers? Good thought. Third, I want to start my brand with african print skirts. I want to do sizes, rather than custom, and offer alterations or special order for those who have sizing challenges. After I get my feet wet, then I want to move up to wardrobe basics using rpl knits. #1 Does that sound like a marketable idea? #2 Where can you get fabric wholesale? Thanks again!

  • First, I like the term ‘custom’ or ‘handmade’ — not homemade. Second, I really appreciate these videos. I like the idea of branding–who are your customers? Good thought. Third, I want to start my brand with african print skirts. I want to do sizes, rather than custom, and offer alterations or special order for those who have sizing challenges. After I get my feet wet, then I want to move up to wardrobe basics using rpl knits. #1 Does that sound like a marketable idea? #2 Where can you get fabric wholesale? Thanks again!

  • Great info…I’m just starting out and this is one of my biggest issues. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  • Great info…I’m just starting out and this is one of my biggest issues. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  • Loving your videos! Thank you for always keeping it REAL. I’m glad someone is here to help the sewing community

  • Loving your videos! Thank you for always keeping it REAL. I’m glad someone is here to help the sewing community

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