The Evil Lure of ”Cost-Effective” Quilting

Non quilters never seem to realize that quilting isn’t necessarily an inexpensive hobby. I’ve encountered many people who seem to think that because you can buy a comforter or quilt at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for under $100, that making one should be similarly priced. We know differently. Even if you use only scraps from your stash and quilt it yourself, a bed-size quilt is not cheap, especially if you factor in the time it takes to sew it. But as quilters, we don’t care.

Much like running into a door or wall, something I’ve done more and more lately as my pregnant belly grows, this reality hit me smack in the face recently. I’ve been shopping for diaper bags and knew exactly what I wanted: this Vera Bradley bag.




However, it cost $95. There’s no way I could justify that for a diaper bag! So instead, what did I do? I decided, three weeks before my due date with a to-do list a mile long, that I would make my own bag. I bought a pattern last week and Saturday morning headed to my local quilt shop. Thirty minutes later, I walked out, having spent $55 on fabric, a zipper, and other supplies to make my diaper bag. So much for major cost savings! My husband was horrified when I mentioned the $95 bag to him…I wonder if the $55 bag that prevented me from cooking and cleaning all weekend while I sewed it sounds better to him?!

Combined with the ten hours I spent making it, maybe I should have just splurged and spent the extra $40 to buy the one I originally had my eye on! Seriously, though, I’m really happy with the way the bag turned out. Not only did I pick the ”perfect” fabric rather than settling on something I mostly liked, I was able to customize the pattern and add some additional pockets to make it just how I wanted. I will say right now…I’ll make quilts galore rather than buy mass-assembled décor, and I’ve made several bags and purses. I have drawn the line at how far I’ll go: I won’t be sewing baby clothes!

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