If you’d like to discuss a future project and get a tailored quote for your banner, please do get in touch using the contact page. The examples below are just to give you a rough idea.
I like to be completely transparent about the costs – the cost for me to produce a banner and the cost to you to commission it. This is a hobby for me, and it costs me a lot of money and time to produce each banner I make.
Basically, what governs the price of a banner is how many hours of work it takes me to produce, which is obviously linked to the intricacy of the design.
The fabrics and Bondaweb cost me about £60 for a 240 x 150cm banner (which is the standard size I usually work to). I use top quality cotton drill and superfine wool rich felt, and my flags are made to last.
After drawing up a design, creating all the stencils, marking up and hand cutting the felt, and fusing the design with Bondaweb, trusted seamstress Debbie then charges me between £60 and £80 for the sewing work depending on the complexity of the design, so my total outgoings on each flag are about £120-140, give or take. I also have to pay 20% of the money I make in tax. What you are paying for beyond that is my time spent creating the design and making it a reality.
Example 1 – £250
A relatively simple text / stars / simple emblem design with just a few words (such as my own World Beaters flag) would take me about 10 hours work, so at £11 an hour (which is not far above the living wage), I’d charge around £120 costs and £110 for my labour +£20 in tax), therefore £250 in total. (The FIFA badge would be a couple of extra hours and so would bump it up a notch to £275.)
Example 2 – £275
This commission (my first) was a relatively simple design, but the amount of text included at the bottom made it quite labour intensive. This took around 12 hours work to produce (so £132 in labour, plus tax, plus £120 for materials and sewing).
Example 3 – £300
Some banners take more time in the planning / design phase. This one was relatively simple from a cutting point of view, but took quite a few hours of planning work. There was also quite a lot of detailed cutting work in the production of the crest, so it took around 15 hours in total.
Example 4 – £330 – 340
The Cheshire Bears piece was a relatively complicated logo to produce and needed considerably more work, so to produce something like this would be around £330.
One popular option which can add to the price is to have two colour lettering. This lends an incredibly classic and decadent look, but obviously it takes extra time as each stencil and each letter needs to be made twice. Hence the OLSC Central Switzerland job and the Far Have I Travelled banners also came in at around this price point.
Example 5 – £360
The Block 202 commission involved many hours of intricate work, much of which went on the detail of the trophies. This one came in at £360. A similar banner but just with silhouettes of the trophies would have been £280. I think you can see where the extra hours went. Banners at a similar price point include A Small Belief and The One and Only.
Example 6 – £470+
For a very complex design (like the Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit banner with the old Liverpool crest, tassels, fringing and complex lettering), it would be at least £470 due to the amount of time taken and the extra cost of materials – this flag took me a month to produce for myself and was a true labour of love.
Example 7 – £520
Recreating a complex picture in fabric, as I did on the Qatar Heroes banner, took a lot of man hours. Drawing up the design and altering the images took around 6 hours, and that’s before I even picked up a pair of scissors. In the week that followed (which happily coincides with a week’s holiday from the day job), I spent around 25 hours working on the banner. Each of the two players was a full day’s work. This all adds up to my most expensive banner to date, but I think you can see where the time went.