Monday, June 17, 2019

Designing Woes

The walking purse again... 


I got out the lightbox and played a bit with the backdrop. Why did I wait so long to get a lightbox? It's sooooo much easier to get stuff lit well. 

I photographed the purse again, because I finally finished lining it... 


And now it's done. 

Because I was asked, the purse is 6 inches wide by 4 inches deep. It'll fit a larger smartphone. (That's what it was specifically designed to hold.) The strap is about 36 inches long. All of these measurements are approximate as the purse has a little give, and the strap does stretch a bit. 

(I have no idea what to price this at. $45 feels like too much, but $25 feels way too cheap. Let me know what you would be willing to pay for it. Don't worry, I won't expect you to buy it. 😧 Although, if you want me to make one for you, let me know. We can negotiate.) 

And now I'm on to designing something new... 


It's going to be a cover/case for a mini iPad. I'd explain what I plan to do, but it's rather involved, and I'm kind of making it up as I go. So, I'll let you all follow along as I work it. It'll be interesting to see if it turns out how I'm seeing it, if it goes in a different direction, or if I end up frogging and doing something completely different. 

The joy of designing... One never knows if it'll go according to plan. 

24 comments:

  1. What kind of lining did you use? The picture looks almost sherpa-like on my screen, but I'm guessing it's something different.

    You're so right about the joy of designing, too. In my experience, it almost never goes according to plan. I still enjoy doing it, though.

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  2. Maybe $30? Do you have one for smaller smart phones?

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  3. Split the difference between $45 and $25; wouldn't that be around $35? (I'm too lazy to do the math LOL). Looks good though!

    betty

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  4. Cute small pouch, and yes, lighbox is great!

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  5. Cute tiny purse!

    I'm cheap, so you don't wanna ask me how much I'd pay for anything. LOL

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    1. Hearing your price is helpful. When I go to craft fairs and farmers markets, I hear that I'm "overpriced", but I put so much work into these things...

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  6. Being hand made does mean the price goes up. I'd say somewhere in the range of $35-$40 is more than fair.

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  7. The purse looks great. I never know what to price stuff at and always low ball it. (But I also live in an area where people are cheap.)

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    1. Well, yeah, they always complain it's so expensive...

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  8. I cross-stitch. I've seen kits for iPad and e-reader cases. Considered them, but never did one.

    Back in the day (or maybe still, to Brits) it would be called "cozy". An iPad cozy!

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    1. I have made ereader cozies (and iPhone cozies). This will be more of a case. It'll make sense when it's done.

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  9. Love that pattern. I am your basic knit person. I don't even like doing pearls! Great job.

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    1. Thanks. There were very few purls in this pattern. Well, mostly on the flap.

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  10. The bag looks really schmick with the lining. You must be really happy with it too.

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  11. Love the bag and the lining is very well done. I would charge between $30-$35. It will be fun to see your next project

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  12. Hi Liz - hand-made things are always beautiful and people don't realise the time that goes into making them. Good luck with the pricing decision ... and I love the blue here, as too how smart it looks with the lining - cheers Hilary

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  13. It's cute, but there is no scale in the picture i.e.I can't see how small it is. I somehow (from your last post) pictured it in my mind as being a little larger. Pricing I can't help you with. I have an idea of how much work you put into it (because, as a young adult, I tried crocheting and lining a purse, yikes) but I fear people would balk at the $45. $25 would be too little, though.

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    1. Yeah, showing scale is hard. At least, I don't have a source of ready models.

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  14. The bag is adorable.
    Pricing for handmade items is a challenge. There is always a discussion in the community about the dollar value of a handmade. I belong to a "sockknitting"group on FB. One of the participants, "Susie" was asked by her co-worker if Susie would make a pair of socks for her. The co-worker told Susie she would pay her. Susie reached out to the community for pricing advice. The answers ranged from $25 -$100 to "priceless". Most agreed that non-crafting people would not want to pay what the item really cost to make. Especially taking into consideration the time it takes.

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  15. I like the purse, I especially like that shade of blue. Maybe $35.00 for the purse? Go with the middle ground?

    I think I've always been fairly aware that with handmade items you're definitely paying for the skill and time, and not just the materials, but since I've started trying to crochet I've been kind of surprised at how much yarn costs. It was never something I had priced before, but it is priced a little higher than I might have guessed. I'm also surprised by how much yarn some projects require.

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    1. Oh yes, yarn is expensive. And good yarn is very expensive.

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