I’ve noticed a LOT of “lovie” patterns for sale and free on Craftsy and Ravelry. There are so many cute patterns out there! I’ve also seen a lot of patterns for Despicable Me’s Minions too (I’m on number 2 for my little guy). One thing I haven’t seen in these listings though is a warning that if you decide to sell these items geared towards children, you’re going to have to follow government regulations regarding toy safety.
When you get into make and selling toys, there are a whole other set of rules and regulations that you will be required to follow. Some people have suggested that you could include a warning that the item is not suitable for children under the age of three. I could see that working, but I would still err on the side of caution and find out what the regulations are in your country. Let’s be realistic here… If you’re selling one of those blanket “lovies,” it’s pretty obvious who your target users are. For your own interests, I would say that it would be well worth your time looking into it. Perhaps a warning like that would suffice. But would it be worth it to find out the hard way?
This is something that never would have crossed my mind if it wasn’t discussed in Sew Resourceful. I consider myself “in the loop” when it comes to such things, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was something that I overlooked. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I’ve heard of people getting their tables shut down at art/craft shows because they didn’t have the fibre content listed on their tags. I’m not sure if they were fined or not (that is a possibility too), but it’s still a bummer after all the work, setup and fees paid to go to that show. And if they’re that strict with clothing and accessories, how do you think they’ll be with something obviously geared towards little ones? Not worth the risk in my opinion!