One of my best friends recently celebrated her birthday. We don't normally exchange gifts, but she has had a rough year and I felt the need to do something. I made her a Noodlehead wide open pouch, a tiny boxy pouch with an exposed lace zipper, a Noodlehead Penn State wristlet ( I didn't actually put pleats on this one) and a Penn State key fob. I also threw in a couple tubes of Almay lip gloss that I got on sale at rite aid!
Sewing is a great stress reliever for me. I do it at my leisure and am not really interested in doing it to make money. I feel that making items to sell would put me on the pressure of a schedule and take some of the enjoyment out of my leisurely activity. I spend a good bit on fabric and supplies, but I feel that it is offset by the fact that I am making gifts for a fraction of what it would take to purchase a ready made gift. I think that people are very receptive to the items and are touched by the fact that I didn't just go out and purchase a ready made gift.
I also feel that the prices I would need to charge to be fairly compensated for my time would make the items cost prohibitive to buy. I live in an economically depressed area of the country. I enjoy my hobby and I want to keep it that way, so sewing for leisure it is!