It’s a fabric dilemma

I am having a bit of a dilemma that I need some input on.  Now that spring is approaching and the need to change out some fabrics is coming on like a freight train, I have been searching for some fun new patterns to use for Nanny Goat.  There are plenty of great new ones and even some old goodies……..but there are also some really, super-duper, totally butt kicking fabrics that are nearly double the price of what I regularly use.

Michael Miller is killing it with these!

Michael Miller is killing it with these!

The problem is that I sell pillow covers that are affordable.  That is why I sell them.  The whole purpose I started selling them.  I don’t want to go up in price.  But on the other hand, there are some really great fabrics that many people might want to have(including me).  So this is what I need an opinion on, do I get them and sell limited quantities at the regular cover price so that it is somewhat absorbed by my other sales(I don’t do it to make billions of dollars)?  Do I use the fabrics only on the front of the pillow with a coordinating color on the back to keep cost down?  Do I sell certain fabrics for a little more?  If I do that, then does it seem like I have tricked you with my great deals and now the fabric that you love is the “higher end” fabric, of course??  I bought some of these fabrics anyway because I wanted to sew a few covers out of them and because I totally LOVE them(and it’s almost Valentines so love matters:)  I just can’t decide how to go about this.

So cute for baby sheets.

So cute for baby sheets.

On a side note…..I have long thought about making some crib/toddler bed sheets.  Not a ton of them but there are so many super fun fabrics that are perfect for sheets.  And how many times did I wish for sassy bedding for my girls?!  So I think I will venture down that road a little.  We’ll see after the first one is made, but aren’t these two patterns/colors way cool??   Please, let me know what you think.  Should I or shouldn’t I, should I or shouldn’t I………………………..   Kiersten

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  • Lea

    I Would Price According To Fabric. You Can Still Sell Your Others At The More Affordable Price And Your New Spring Line At A Higher Price Point. Also Love The Crib Sheet Idea But Find Some Boy Stuff Too! Boys Always Get The Shaft, Literaly!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks for the input, Lea!! You’re right about the boys, they do get shafted. I guess having 4 girls didn’t help me. Poor Jayce!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to get some pillows from you and would probably consider a pricier fabric (you are right- those Michael Miller patterns are super cute!). It depends on how many pillows I will need and how much more they are. But, for sure price them higher because you should charge more for materials that are more expensive! Can you pick maybe 2 of your favorites and see how they do? Maybe people will be able to identify the value attached to the higher price. 🙂 Good luck, and I’ll be watching to see what you decide! I like the navy MM print…ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, Marianne! That is very helpful to know. I really want to use some of them because they are so fun. I think I will just have to figure out a good price point and then be very clear about them being the “higher end” patterns so that people don’t feel jaded.ReplyCancel

  • I agree with Lea. You should charge more for the higher priced fabrics. Maybe make it a “limited edition” collection and keep your affordable priced pillows too. I also like the other option of using the higher priced fabric only on the front and another fabric on the back. Maybe you can do both? One “limited edition” and one affordable priced option.ReplyCancel

  • Mom

    Good morning, Kiersten. I suggest you expand your inventory and have various prices. You may even have a listing of options with prices and have people special order. Different fabric on front and back is good. You may even want to inlay (like a heart) or embroider or quilt. You are awesome, Kiersten. I love you.ReplyCancel

  • Mom

    P.S. I like your idea of the crib sheets.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    All of your stuff is soon cute!! I agree with everyone else as well. Keep your affordable options and layer in some of the pricier pieces of fabric. Doesn’t seem like a trick at all. Just offers more options, price ranges for customers.
    I will definitely be ordering from you soon!!!

    JoniReplyCancel

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