pics in moses basket liner folder I thought as a small scale craft venture, of making moses basket liners. I got a second hand moses basket with no liner and as far as I know you cannot buy replacement liners so I made my own. Opinions please if you would be so kind as to: No hood-I didn't like a hood with my babies, it would be a lot of faff to make them but would that put others off?
The fact they tie on-some friends have expressed worries over strangulation but I think the ties are short enough and also on the outside.
Cost- about £45 posted.
Any other comments.
I am not touting for business. This is my only prototype. If past experience is anything to go by I may put all my materials back in the loft for a couple of years.
Ah yes. That moses basket is old and certainly the Mothercare ones are quite different-same height all round and bigger. So yes would have to be to fit Mothercare ones. I got a Mothercare one ages ago when I first had the idea and made a pattern from it. That has been in the loft for a year or so. It also occured to me that since moses baskets are hand made they may have slight differences one from the other.
I think it's beautiful & it's looks good quality but would consider £45 too steep. I'd pay a upto the price of a grobag (£35) but happier at the £25 mark, which no doubt wipes out your profitability.
Is there really much of a market for moses basket liner replacement? Just a thought - would it be worth sourcing moses baskets and offering the complete product - and this is where the profit margin comes back in? Maybe a designer label to attach to it and then marketing it somewhere between Mothercare and M&P prices? That I would buy.
I had no idea how much moses baskets were these days (9yrs since MIL bought ours) but the ones in Mothercare seem to be between £32 and £50 including the basket and mattress so I would agree the pricing needs looking at. People might just decide to buy a new one rather than buy a new liner.
I suppose you could do associated accessories to encourage them to make up a set - nappy hanger, accessories pocket hanger thing (can't think if they have a real name) maybe a nappy bag. That sort of ends up as a bit of a cottage industry though, doesn't it?
You could always try ebay as a means of seeing how much interest there is - have a look at the number of views - even if people don't bid/buy are they at least looking for something like this?
I think the thing is that moses baskets are not used for very long at all, so perhaps people who borrow one or get one second hand are people who don't want to fork out money on something that won't be used for long. Therefore might they also not want to fork out £45 for a liner...?
People who would be happy to pay that much for a beautiful quality liner for a moses basket might also be the same people who don't mind paying £60-£80 for a complete new decent quality moses basket anyway?
It is beautiful FMTD. I find that the items you make beautifully and lovingly take time, effort and patience and it's those things that the consumer doesn't want to pay for.
When I make my beautiful blankets, people don't realise that they take 10~12 hours each to make. I tried the ebay route, had people looking, but no buyers and then ebay wrote to me asking if I was a business! no, I was testing the water...It's a mine field sadly and unfortunately £45 sounds a lot of money even though it isn't in terms of work.
it depends on who you are maketing to: Junior mag type people would pay that much easily - ie a new one for each child/change in sex people like us would want a new one to go in teh old one they got from nct sale! i think you do your basic and your up market - our fabric £x and 'your own fabric' x make accessories but only to order. eg changing bag, pocket hanger thingy, people like matching stuff
try red mag direct - they seem to have expensive stuff! good luck