I'm currently working on some hats to sell at a festival where I'm reading my stories called "Baby Werewolves: Free To A Good Home". The hats, of course, will have wolf ears poking out of them. I just bought the fur today! Merchandising is fun. I used approximate measuring(my hand=size of one ear), and bought 1.5 yards($11.20 US for 1yd 20" by 1yd 27"), which I figured would be enough for just over 60 pairs of ears. I've already bought 50 plain white baseball caps for this project. So far, the cost per hat(for me) is $1.20. My target SELLING price is $5 per hat, maximum of $10. All I have left to buy is the inside fur(going to aim for cheap), some plastic canvas(most likely, or posterboard), and the materials to connect it all together. Posterboard would make it non-washable, although should I even bother with that concern for a hat? Also, I'm contemplating methods of branding. I've considered iron-ons for the front, but hand-writing "Awroooooo!" in puff paint on front is also enticing. My website address will go somewhere on back, along with "Baby Werewolves: Free To A Good Home". I may dye the hats grey, although keeping them white might emphasize the ears better.
I'm using Lone Wolf's tutorial
to help with my construction. My goal is to make these as cheaply as possible while still being fuzzy. I want to charge a low enough price that they'll sell quickly. I know the kids will tear them up quickly anyway, heh. I plan on marking up the price to be twice the cost of production, rounding up to the nearest dollar. I think this is a typical markup, sounds good. I'll try to log the amount of hats per hour my 2 helpers and I churn out to make sure I'm charging enough for our work.( Collapse )