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Date: 5/2/13 11:53 PM

How much do you charge for sewing home dec? A good friend asked me to make a custom cushion for a bench in her dining room. I told her I first had to come up with a plan. Then we could buy the fabrics, foam and notions. But then I don't know how to estimate how long it would take to sew or how much to charge for the labor. Can any one give me any advice to consider when figuring how to charge for labor?


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Date: 5/3/13 8:28 AM

Calculate the time you estimate this will take @ $20.00 per hour. More if you are living in an affluent area.

Since you are sewing for a good friend, this does not apply: if you don't want the job, double the fee.

If a lot of driving is involved, and your vehicle is not powered by the sun, consider this cost as well.

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Date: 5/3/13 10:12 AM

Thanks PattiAnnJ -- I think it was the $/hr that I needed to figure out. I know she wants to pay me, so now I have a hrly base to work with. I think it's hard sewing for friends especially when one could use the extra money. Thank you!

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Date: 5/3/13 9:40 PM

there's a website with semi-custom cushions, check out the prices, my sister estimated cushions on the site and then called me to make them, lol
cushion.com

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Date: 9/5/13 9:06 PM

Generally we get 1.50 an inch (boxed) using longest side of cushion as measurement ? bullnose/no welt 1.35 "

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Date: 9/6/13 7:26 AM

My friend charges a flat fee of $35 for her sewing of pillows. The person ordering pays for fabric, thread & any specialty items like buttons, ric rac etc. She has done quite a few so has gotten faster over time. I hope you & your friend likes how it turns out.

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Date: 9/6/13 7:38 AM

This is very helpful! thank you!

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