It's different for everyone - the things they consider worth the effort, and the things they wouldn't do in a million years. I won't sew knit shirts of any kind, it's not worth the heartache and expense. And I won't sew jeans, never ever - I'd much rather buy. I won't sew adult pants except for pajama pants, and I have to be doing a whole big batch of them to value the energy expense.
I will never sew Barbie clothes, you couldn't pay me to do it - but I will (and have, just recently) sew doll clothes, within certain reason of ease and size.
I sew dresses and skirts, pants and jackets for Bean, but probably wouldn't do the same for myself.
I love to knit and have done several scarves and hats, but try as I might I can never get through an entire sweater, and until we live in a world where it costs more than $15 to buy a toddler-sized sweater, I'm not sure if I will ever be able to justify the hours of time and energy it would take to make one myself.
I bake my own bread, but you'll never catch me making cinnamon rolls unless I have up and lost my mind - the homemade ones are delish, I know because mom makes them, but they are Labor Intensive (capitalized), and I just don't see myself taking the time to do it right now.
I won't bake bagels when I can buy them.
I won't bake rolls unless I have oodles of time.
I won't make tortillas (does anyone?).
I will make cookies.
I will make cakes-from-scratch, but not very often. We're mostly box-cake type of people except for our chocolate cake recipe, which nothing can compete with if you ask me.
I've tried to make Christmas ornaments and decorations with varying degrees of success, but ultimately I'm a buy-your-Christmas-decor kind of person.
I cannot imagine a world that has me making my own soap or shampoo or lotion or make-up type of item, ever.
I won't sew underthings or swimming suits.
I have stripped and scraped and repainted tables and chairs and cabinets for repurposing, but I'm not sure if you'll ever find me making my own furniture.
I've sewed curtains but will not consider making a slip cover.
It's worth it to me to can fruit and make jam, but I don't see myself ever making huge batches of pasta sauce or salsa.
Ultimately, the line between Worth It and Not is a thin line, a wobbly line, a line that squirms between one thing and another without a lot of sense in between. I can't see myself ever making my own candy but I think making caramel is perfectly acceptable - and there isn't much I can do to explain why I'll do one and not the other except to say, some things seem crazy-undoable and others just seem crazy, but within reach.
I'm curious about you. What's worth it to you, and what's not?