Sure, I’m in the midst of quilting the Sports Quilt and I have three sweaters on the needles and have bought new fabric for a Fall 2016 SWAP. Oh, and jewelry projects. Plus work, of course, and there might be Christmas presents, too.
But I took that Craftsy class on making a duffel bag. I have the fabric, and have gradually been gathering the enormous list of additional materials needed to make this thing. I didn’t foresee all the additional costs.
- The class: $30
- Fabric: $18 outer fabric, $17 lining
- Fusible fleece: $13
- Zipper: $2.50
- Hardware: $16
- Webbing $4
Plus tax, shipping, and whatnot.
I have thread, but I don’t have pinking shears ($30.00) or a walking foot ($15.00) or any of the other special tools the class instructor used in the class.
So my homemade duffel is going to cost me at least $100.00.
I think I can get a decent weekender duffel bag ready-made for one third of that.
Or a Baggallini for $150 or a Fossil for $400. Or a Hartmann for $2,800. I really like the $400 ones myself.
So if I can make a bag as good as the $400.00 ones, I will have saved quite a bit of money. If not, and given that this will be my first attempt at a duffel bag I can probably only make one as good as the $35.00 ones, then I will have had a pricey sewing class.
But all this is assuming that I only make one bag. Making one thing is almost never cost effective.
Suppose that I make more bags.
The costs will go down as I amass materials and tools and skills, use up extra materials, and learn more. The quality will improve, too.
Of course, I usually spend $100 on a leather bag, properly made with a padded space for my laptop. My daughter gives me gorgeous handbag gifts. And I usually only buy a bag once a year, at the Franklin-Covey annual sale.
Unless I can make my bags as good as the $1,800.00 ones, making handbags might not be the thriftiest of my creative options. I might end up spending more than I usually spend, and having way more bags than I need. And maybe still only carrying the leather ones.