Thursday, January 29, 2009


I've been holding my tongue on this one for well over 2 months now. I hope by now that all of you are aware of the effect a recently amended law will have on handmade goods for children 12 and under.

I was one of those moms who chose wooden and other "all-natural" toys for her toddlers. In fact, I got into sewing & crafting because I was so interested in an alternative to cheap, plastic toys & mass produced clothing & accessories. That was about 15 years ago.

I started crafting wooden toys first, then after I found my love affair with fabric & my sewing machine, I started doing children's clothing.

I was never "big time". I was never highly in demand. But I always sold out.
Even if I couldn't afford handmade items to purchase for my kids (I was a single mother of an infant and toddler by the time I was 27) I could always make the items. And frankly, my crafty imagination has always been one of my better qualities.

People would see the things I made...and want one. Thus started a limited selection of items. I've never made more than 2 of anything.

I started focusing on clothing & accessories after the kids were bigger and no longer interested in wooden toys. My girl was also less interested in handmade clothing (*cries*) yet I still had the urge to create.

That little venture has served me well, when I wanted it to, over the past 5 or 6 years via eBay and more recently Etsy.

I don't do this full time, never have. I was never brave enough to cast all my pebbles in the same basket, to be honest.

But there are plenty of people who DO make beautiful handmade items for children full time. And they are the ones in danger of losing their livelihood on February 10.

The CPSIA's purpose was to protect children from lead and phlalate poisoning, and pushed through Congress in the wake of the many toy recalls in 2007 (nearly all of which were imports from China).

And while I can see & support the good intentions behind this new has far-reaching ramifications that were neither considered nor have they been addressed.

Handmade clothing and toys for children 12 & under WILL be unlawful to sell without expensive 3rd party testing for lead & phlalates after February 10.

I hope you'll join me in the fight to save handmade. For more information click the button below.

Save Handmade Toys

I also highly recommend you visit youtube and search CPSIA. There are a wealth of news stories about local crafters and toymakers all over the country who will be affected by this law.

As always, XOXO to my friend Christa for the beautiful photos
of her daughter Bella in jemima*bean.


  1. Thanks for the wealth of information, and for sharing all of your amazing and beautiful creations! I understand the need for child safety, but I really don't understand the harm in handmade clothing...

  2. Beautiful and very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I had heard about this and I think it's insane!! I don't really sew for profit, but every now and then someone wants me to make something. I've been thinking about making just special occasion clothing for children, hence the name" Julia's Sew Sweet and Special....." It would go on to say, "Occasion clothing for children." I guess I'd better check this out more thoroughly. Thanks for the link and info.
    The children's clothes you make are wonderful and whimsical. I love them. The little model is prescious!

  4. This is such a shame! I can see why all your creations sold out too. You have such a wonderful ability to match colors and prints and put it together in an outfit. That is a talent in itself outside of sewing. You either have it or you don't, and you my dear, DEFINTELY have it!

  5. Yea, the deadline is looming closer and closer. Yikes. I have so much money tied up in bolts upon bolts of sling fabrics. Don't know exactly what I'm a gonna do about it.

  6. I've been following the posts closely also. I no longer sew childern's items for profit but there was a time in my life when I did. Not only did it provide a creative outlet, but as a single mother of two (receiving no child support) it was a much needed source of extra income.

    Your items are beautiful, both the designs and the presentation. I'm going to continue to watch

  7. Yeah, I read about that. I don't think that the govt. has thought about non-profits (that help kids) that need the donations from the public in order to function. Are they going to ask the public to test the items they're donating prior to letting the non-profit accept them? Nobody's gonna do that what's gonna happen to the non-profits? What's gonna happen to the kids they help dress or give toys to?

    I wonder what's gonna be done about that....

  8. angie, You left a comment on my blog about that tiered patchwork skirt. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the seller! I tried to search Etsy to see if I could find her, but couldn't. It was such a beautiful skirt!

  9. Goodness you have made some gorgeous clothing. I started out smocking and making children's clothing. I miss it sometimes because there are so many creative things you can do.


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