Comparison: Bought vs. Handmade ~ Cosmetic Zip Purse
I thought I would start a little series comparing the price of buying a ready made commercial item against making it yourself.
There are always so many variables to consider so this is just a fun, not too serious look at a few basic items that could easily be made at home. Sometimes it actually works out cheaper to buy an item from a large retail store but it usually doesn't carry the love, ethical value or quality of handmade.
Ok, so today's product is a lovely Lovell's canvas cosmetic purse from the drool worthyAnthropologie online store.
Now for the DIY comparison....
Caroline & Maryanne from the Sew Together blog give a free detailed tutorial on drafting a pattern & making the flat bottomed cosmetic purse.
Choose from a gorgeous selection of canvas fabrics. I've selected Bebe Tint Grey from TessutiFabrics $9.00 AUD per 1/4 metre.
Organic Cotton Oasis Canvas Fabric for the insert available fromThe Tin Thimble. $6.50 (USD) for 3/4 yard
Allow a couple of dollars for a metal zipper in your choice of colour. Those pictured are from Silvermint Supplies
Plus some basic supplies such as thread from your sewing drawer.
A small amount of grosgrain ribbon. White & blacked stitched fromRibbons Galore. Less than $1 per metre.
So, all your materials are under $20. But you will need to allow for postage if purchasing online and this will depend on location too.
The result: you should get a very similar, quality product without the high price tag.