Short answer is; you just can’t make a living wage at it.
How much would you pay for an angel?
She is just over three inches tall, would you pay £5? £10? £15?
She uses about £1 worth of materials, acrylic yarn, stuffing, polly beads. She takes two hours to make, national MINIMUM wage is £7.50 so to earn minimum wage selling amigurumi angels I would need to charge £16, if, that is, we don’t take in to account anything as fancy as a studio or utilities, or if we don’t consider crocheting a skill so as to pay a skilled hourly rate.
Now consider the skater dress
I was once asked to make a skater dress as a custom order, I explained that the yarn alone would cost £25 the reply to which as “That’s OK I’ll pay that”, I went on to explain that I would then need to charge for my time and the dress would take about 40 hours to make, I didn’t get a reply to this. This dress (in a medium size) would need to cost £325 for me to get a living wage never mind the fact that I spent three months designing it, and have a skill that is not too common in being able to crochet at all.
When I make a crochet item to sell I can not charge a livable hourly rate. A Riot Bear
for example sells at £30 (including postage) and costs roughly £3.50 in materials, usually about £4 postage, that leaves me with £22.50, “wow that quite a bit of profit” not really, a bear takes about 8 hours to make so I get £2.81 an hour, when I was 18 (1995) and had no skills and worked behind the bar in a pub I got £4 an hour, plus tips, plus entertainment. I would love to charge a living wage but since I got an email complaining about the price of a bear someone bought (really long story and the bear ended up in a raffle) I don’t think that will happen any time soon.
All that being said I do so love the idea of people (baby people especially) owning something made by me so I will soon (in the next week or so) be adding custom slots to my estore, this will mean that you will be able to buy a bear or amigurumi or what have you and I will make it JUST FOR YOU rather than me making it and hoping the colours are what a person wants.
There is a trend going on that people think hand made is cheaper than machine made, a machine knitted hat would take about 5 min to make, a hand knitted/crochet hat in the same weight yarn would take an hour or two yet the hand made hat is expected to cost less.