Below is the list of things I need to purchase to make this bag. There are a couple of changes I make to that list. I do not buy the nylon webbing for the straps I make my own. I also make my own bias binding, as it looks nicer. I also buy 3 separate metres of fabric, as I need extra for making the straps and the binding. There is a little left over and I can make a couple of small things with it.
Now the bill below is for all the hardware needed and just two metres of fabric. I was given the other fabric I needed by the store owner, so that would have been another $20 plus tax ($22.60) on top of that.
As you can see from the bill above the hardware for this bag costs $30 + 13% taxes.
Not included in that bill are the zippers, you need two so around $3.50 to $4 for two of those. I don't use fusible fleece, but the thicker foam, which costs $40 a metre, so we'll say $10 for the piece I would use. Then the Pellon SF101 I use is $10 a metre, so probably $5 for that. So we'll round it up to $20 for everything in the photo below. Add in $5 for thread, which brings it up to $25.
To makes things neater we'll say $100 for the fabric and hardware and $25 for the interfacing/foam and the zippers. I calculate that to be $125.
It takes me over an hour to cut everything out.......believe me there are many, many pieces to this bag. I would then say it would take me at least five hours to sew this......again many different steps and a bit of hand sewing. Hand sewing the binding on, which is the last step, takes around an hour. So it will take me a MINIMUM of six hours to make this, realistically closer to seven hours.
Prior to all of this is choosing fabric, shopping for it etc all which takes time.
Now I COULD choose cheaper fabric, but it still would cost $10+ a metre. I could choose cheaper hardware, and have it in plastic instead of the metal, but all this cheapens the look of the finished product.
So when Nora asked me to make her one I said no and made them messenger bags................
Now that you have read through all of this, what would you charge for a bag like this? Are you surprised at how much it costs?