I got an email asking me if I still hold on to scrap fabric. (Of course I do. All of the left over fabric from cutting out aprons I store until the end of the year every year.)
She asked me to make her a custom Joey Pouch for orphaned kangaroos and to ship it to an address in Australia.
I did a little research and discovered there is a huge drive to send wildlife supplies to critters in need from the brush fires there.
I asked why she didn't make it herself and she told me it was because she can't use her sewing machine due to arthritis.
Now normally I would charge $10 plus shipping for this item but I offered to just charge her for the time it took to make which is 10 minutes from cut to finish so my time at $18/h is
$3 for the pouch
$0.20 Etsy listing fee
$0.65 Etsy Transaction fee
I asked if I could share her story and see if anyone else wanted to outsource their sewing needs to me because it would help cover cost of shipping. She agreed.
I am listing the commission here so that anyone wanting me to make a pouch or wrap can purchase 10 minutes of my time. I am donating the fabric, the cost of the item goes to shipping and to cover the cost of time I spend sewing the item.
Most asked questions:
Q: Any chance you can claim them as a tax write-off?
A: I can, but tax write-offs won't cover the bills I can't pay if I give the time away making them when I could be making aprons to sell for profit.
Q: Why can't you just make them and ship them without selling them?
A: While it is 100% noble to make the items for free and ship them for free, I do not have the ability to volunteer the time. Time I spend making each item is time away from paid orders that cover the cost of living (rent/utilities/wifi/etc). You are, in essence, buying time so that I can sew, the item, not the actual item.
This item is ready to ship in 1-2 weeks and will ship out in batches of 25. You will receive a notice when your item is shipped.
NOTES: If you would rather donate directly to a fundraiser or have the ability to sew yourself, patterns and fundraisers can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arfsncrafts/
All items in my shop have a 4-6 week wait time as I make everything by hand myself.
I am no longer guaranteeing specific time arrival for any shipments to Italy unless extra shipping is paid for door-to-door tracking. I have shipped several packages that were lost by the postal company in Italy after leaving customs and or it took more than a month for some to arrive. Lost, remade and reshipped packages to Italy make up the highest amount of loss for my company this past year. Unfortunately I may end up canceling any orders that come in from Italy with a specific time need. I am sorry for the inconvenience.
All my items are READY TO SHIP in 4-6 weeks. Orders within the USA take approximately 7 business days to arrive once shipped. Orders outside the USA take approximately 25 business days or less, but may take longer to arrive depending on the postal service in your country.
48 Hours after your order is placed there will be NO REFUNDS.
We cannot as a small business refund your purchase because the funds are immediately turned into supplies. If you contact us we can do exchanges for Items in our shop but we cannot do Cash/Credit/Paypal refunds.
Note on custom sized items and our refund policies toward them:.
Although we will try our best to perfectly fit you please be aware that items custom sized via the mail are a bit harder to fit than items made with the customer to fit in person. We are experienced in custom fit and it's a very rare thing a garment from us has a fit issue, but please still order your garment in enough time to allow for minor adjustments at a tailor or alternations shop just in case some minor tweaking must be done. Any major fit issues we will be glad to fix for you, but minor adjustments are best left to a local shop that can fit the garment to your body in person and are rare but normal occurance. Examples of minor adjustments might include things such as: hem shorting or lengthening, tightening the side or shoulder seams by 1/4 inch to1 inch, letting a seam out a bit if the garment is too tight. We will not do minor alterations . In the extremely rare case of major alterations we will either fix the item or pay for you to have fixed locally. Major fit issues would be considered the garment totally not fitting by more than 2 inches in the bust, waist, or hip or any sewing flaw/problems with the garment or damage caused before the item arrived to you. We only except returns and refund custom sized items if we both agree that there has been a major issue since custom sized items are not easily resold. Full refunds given only after we have fully reviewed the reasons presented to us and determined them to be true and just.