To make hand-crafted things is to be the target of blunt questions and statements that disparage what it takes to make art, and leave you smarting a bit. I’m not always fast on the draw with my snappy comebacks, but over the years I’ve amassed a few good ones.
Take note, and rehearse a few with your sewing pals to have them at the ready! I usually deliver the lines with a slightly patient and patronizing air (awww… they don’t get it… bless their hearts!) and always with a sense of humor :-)
And please add yours to the comments so that we are all armed the next time someone says “I could make that.”
“My grandma could make that.”
So could mine, but it wouldn’t have the same unique character to it.
“Art is easy.”
Tell that to Michelangelo!
“Everybody can sew.”
You mean like everybody can cook?
“It’s easy to sew… why should I pay for that?”
It’s easy to cook too, but you still eat at restaurants, yes?
“How long did that take?”
About 20 hours, and about 25 years to get good at making it in 20 hours.
“I could buy one at Walmart.”
You could buy a cheap imitation at Walmart, but the quality would be missing.
“I could buy one at Target.”
But so can everyone else. This is a one of a kind thing… you’ll have the only one.
“My sister/mother/auntie/bestie quilts too.”
How cool! Then you KNOW what kind of time and skill it takes to make a quilt.
“How do you make this?”
I’m happy to give you private lessons. I charge $$ an hour. Let me get you my card…
“No really, just tell me how you do this so I can go make one.”
No really, I’ve invested a lot in my mastery… you should invest in yours.
“My kid could make that.”
Chuckle… we parents always think our kids are prodigies, don’t we?
“Can I get a deal if I buy two?”
No, it doesn’t take any less of my resources to make the second one.
“Can I get a quilt as a donation? It will be great exposure for you.”
Did you know you can die of exposure?
“Can you sew this project for me? It will be great exposure for you.”
If only my landlord accepted exposure in lieu of rent!
“Can I have it for a really super low price because I’m doing it for Amazing Worthy Cause?”
How great that Amazing Worthy Cause has your support! If you like my product that much, I would be honored to have your support too!
“People who sew charge too much.”
It’s a specialized skill, just like carpentry or fixing cars, and you pay way more for those.
“Quilting isn’t a necessity, like plumbing is when you’re toilet isn’t working.”
But you hire a plumber at full price when you’re doing a snazzy remodel, which isn’t a necessity either.
“There’s no way I’d pay that.”
Then you’re not my customer. Have a great day!
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