I’m not usually one for throwback Thursdays but while I was settling into the new sewing room I had a great idea for a lovely photo I wanted to take. Then I realized that posting it up would be a great way to talk about the value of pre-cuts again.
When I first got into quilting I was drawn to pre-cuts cause of the ease of use. I also found I had a hard time bringing fabric together so these packaged collections made making something beautiful easier with an expert’s help. But were these sometimes expensive pre-cuts a good value? I did the math and I found out pre-cuts are more expensive than yardage but with the exception of mini-charm packs (square) most of the bundles are still a good value if you enjoy having the wider variety.
My conclusions were:
- Yardage is the cheapest by far!
- Layer cake, charm packs and jelly rolls are comparable in value
- Mini charm packs are low value (I’d only buy as a novelty or for a specific mini project)
- Fat quarter bundle is the best value for variety
- While there is a difference – when it comes down to it there’s not an enormous value difference comparing a designer bundle to the designer yardage (considering the variety)
I went into greater detail including the math I did to come to this conclusion, you can check it out int he archives: Pricing, Value and Comparisons on Pre-Cut Bundles
It’s funny the one table of data I didn’t do for that post was per yard (which is way easier to conceptualize) so we had a better baseline to compare. Here’s that data:
Cost/Value per Cut Yard (36″x44″)
|Ingredient||Height||Width||Quantity||Cost||Cost per yard
(36″ x 44″)
|Fat Quarter (individual)||18||22||1||$3.75||$15.00|
|Fat Eighth Bundle||9||22||40||$72.00||$14.40|
|Fat Quarter Bundle||18||22||40||$124.99||$12.50|
|Formula for cost per cut yard (36″ x 44″) measured in inches:
Bundle Cost/(Quantity Per Pack * Height * Width) * (36 x 44)
Does knowing the different values change the way you will think about your next purchase? I know I’ll still buy pre-cuts occasionally but may start to consider quilts that use only yardage from time to time when I’m trying to save some pennies.
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