All handcrafters who make things for anyone under the age of 12, you will be affected

I guess this is a great place to post this since the subject was brought up, but this is more serious than people realize. If you knit or sew or make anything for kids under 12 this can affect you. Simplicity at heart and old fashion goodness seems to always loose out.

Show your support and help change the laws to make sense. Shutting down a stay at home moms handmade craft business because of imported china goods is just plain wrong. How about we pass laws for imported chinese goods?

Two sides to this issue, this woman supplimenting family income will be put out of business.

ON CPSIA site there is a petition and also sample letter you can use to send to your congressman.

I am curious (if you know), does this apply if you make something for a child under 12 and give it as a Christmas gift, birthday gift, etc. (where no money is exchanging hands), or would these rules also apply to gift giving??


That’s a really good question…And what about charity giving? Would makers of handmade items no longer be able to knit, etc. for charity in this situation?

Supposedly it WILL affect charities. I wrote to Project Linus asking about this and they said they weren’t sure what was going on but they hired lawyers to sort it out and they will be posting any information on their website. You got me whether they will close their doors, or give only to teens and adults, or if they can find some way out. Either way it seems crazy. If they continue to give to children in need, that means that it’s ok for poor kids to get [potentially] sick from untested bedding or other handmade items but for people who can afford to buy it, well, they’re safe. The other alternative is that babies and children just do without because it’s not safe to accept the donations. Pretty screwed up if you ask me!

I don’t think it applies to handmade gifts. Even if it did, there’s no way to control something like that. It’s sure not going to change my gift-giving.

It won’t affect my gift giving, but I have done quite a bit for charity and this worries me some. What may happen is that more of us knit for charities out of the country like Afghans for Afghans. I understand the need to control these things, but really to ban it all outright is just wrong.

I was searching for stories on this and came across this info. It’s something at least and I’m sure more will be coming out as the days go by.

Yeah, I don’t know if they fully realized (or even realized at all) how this law will effect people. From the big chain stores, down to the people like us. They’re definitely going to have to re-think this law.

Thanks for that article Jan. In it it said:

The commission’s two members (a third seat is vacant) voted tentatively to exempt:

  • Clothing, toys and other goods made of natural materials such as cotton and wood;

That’s better than what they had first said! I would think most charity work is done in acrylic. Cotton is ok but not as cuddly soft and warm as some of the acrylics. Wool is out. I sure ain’t making a $50+ baby blanket and donating it. What I’d like to see is to have the yarn companies test their own products (the acrylics) and if it contains lead or phthalates to clean it up and get it out. I don’t want this stuff in my yarn regardless of whether I give it to a baby or not. Yarn companies, however, say no way are they taking on the testing. They don’t make baby items, they make yarn. WE make baby items. :shrug:

I know it doesn’t say it, but isn’t wool considered natural? :??

In the other post link, the article does state:

“There is the possibility of a partial reprieve. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is responsible for enforcing the law, on Monday will consider exempting clothing and toys made of natural materials such as wool or wood. The commission does not have the authority to change the law but can decide how to interpret it.”

So I assume wool would be ok? Unless it has since been stated otherwise…

I’m not sure if you were replying to Craw’s post about wool being out, but I think she meant because of the cost of making a blanket to be donated… but also most hospitals don’t want wool. But I’m hoping that blankets will be covered in “clothing”

I hope the changes come soon, Feb 10th is looming and this law is so wrong for the small crafter. Help out and write your representatives. I give away nearly everything I make but I had hopes to sell on ETSY one day my baby and kids quilts. Not according to this law.

So, does this mean that your everyday garage sale will be illegal? Lots and lots of people buy baby stuff second-hand.

I was just referring to the fact that they said -

"The commission’s two members (a third seat is vacant) voted tentatively to exempt:

  • Clothing, toys and other goods made of [B]natural materials such as cotton[/B] and wood;"

…and I feel that wool should be considered natural, too. I’ve made wool kid sweaters and hats for charity.

JMHO, but I don’t think limiting it to “natural” fibers, etc. is going to cut it.

Face it, there are a lot of us who knit with acrylics (and, referring to thrift shops and yard sales, how many of those clothes for kids are made from synthetics or a mix of cotton and synthetic, etc.?) and are going to continue to do so. Especially when we’re talking about kids…easy care is the #1 consideration for most folks, and tossing something in the washing machine and dryer - well, can’t get much easier than that. Some people can’t tolerate wool.

To me, this isn’t sufficient until they also exempt acrylics.

This is a lot over the top…This law will concern anyone or place that sells handmade items dor kids!!!

I think government is getting too involved now. I understand why this got started, but doesn’t it seem a bit extreme?


Oh I agree with you miccisue. I use a lot of acrylics, too. I can see where acrylics might be a problem though since they are man made. What they need to do is rewrite this stupid law so it doesn’t put people out of business and lets manufacturing catch up to code in the meantime.

I just feel that at least they are taking some steps and if they allow some fibers then we can at least still do some knitting for charities because I don’t want my hard work to end up in a landfill.

Lookie what I found! They have already made some changes.
Wool and cotton are exempt. Now they need to address acrylics or places like Project Linus will still be in trouble. Many people can’t afford to work with anything other than the inexpensive acrylics for donatiions. I know I can’t. The cheap cotton I can get isn’t suitable for blankets, hats, or booties but it makes a neato potholder. Babies don’t need potholders! :teehee:

That’s good. It’s a start and I’m sure with more complaints they’ll find more they can exempt. I kind of doubt acrylics will fall into that category since man made products like that have a higher chance of having lead. Let’s home manufacturers of products like acrylic will change the way the do things so that it can be used, too. :thumbsup:

That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense…they technically do make baby items…rather…this is my point…

I believe they discontinued Patons Twister because little kids were chocking on some of the fuzzies on it…that did make a difference…yes? They have just as much responsibility IMO…just because it is THEIR product…go figure…