Going the all fabric route

Mar 7, 2017

Sometimes writing things out is a good way to think through stuff and I definitely feel that way about what I wrote last night.

I woke up this morning feeling a little defeated about the whole thing, but also just had a lot more clarity about pursuing an all-fabric version. It’s limiting in the sense that I can’t use any metal or plastic parts, but liberating in the sense that I wouldn’t be relying on other companies for the parts and pieces I need for my own products. Nor would I be relying on those companies choosing to share the compliance information with me that I’d need to get from them on a yearly basis.

I also like that it gives the people buying my patterns a lot more freedom to make the pages their own. They can use whatever kind of fabric or felt they want to and won’t have to go hunting down a bunch of different pieces (which can also get expensive if you’re not buying it as a kit).

And it also means that I can label and market the patterns and kits as being appropriate for all ages, rather than having to say that they’re only for ages three and up. It means some more work for me up front to come up with a few more new designs for pages and tweak some of my previous designs, but overall I think it’ll be a more stable path with a lot more personal freedom and peace of mind.

Anyway, with all that in mind, I went to the fabric store today and bought some of the high quality fabric I’m going to use for the page backings so I can start working on some actual sample pages that, with any luck, I can use in the final patterns. I made a new page this afternoon and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It’s simple and sweet, but also really timeless and inviting of open-ended imaginative play.

Plus, between you and me, the pages without any plastic buttons or other pieces just look a lot nicer. Maybe this is tooting my own horn a bit much, but in my mind the all-fabric pages are more potterbarn kids/martha stewart/land of nod and less, I dunno, etsy shop tacky? I mean I like the other pages I’ve made. They’re fun. I’m just saying these all-fabric pages I made have a more timeless design overall and I think, as a result, will have a longer shelf life. And in that sense I’m just more happy with them as the creator.

So, full steam ahead on trying to figure out some all fabric versions. Maybe this will even mean I’ll be able to get things ready for sale a little faster too. Wish me luck!

5 thoughts on “Going the all fabric route

  1. emcondiegmailcom says:

    Love. So, is fabric/felt/ribbon all okay for kid stuff then and you don’t have to worry about compliance? Is yarn included in that? I guess Stephen and Caitlin have a lady in their ward who saw the dress I had crocheted for Amelia and wanted to know if I took orders. I was thinking that might be a fun thing to open an etsy shop with…but then I thought of you and all this work and making sure the yarn is compliant and I thought ehhhh….? 🙂

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    • katielewisstudio says:

      Haha, understandable. 😉 Yes, as far as I know fabric and ribbon and yarn are all exempt. Unless they’re plastic-y or metallic in which case they have to be tested. There are also different things to know about children’s toys vs children’s clothing. I’m def not an expert on producing/selling children’s clothing, but from the little I know, I think if you did the crocheted dresses you’d be fine, you’d just have to keep track of batch numbers and mark the pieces you sell accordingly. It’s the kind of thing that would be no big deal if you did it from the beginning, but really overwhelming if you had already been doing it for a year and then started trying to keep track of batch numbers. If you’re interested in finding out more we should chat and I’ll give you the number of the guy I talked to at CPSC who talked me though all the different stuff I needed to know.


  2. Lisa says:

    I love that feeling of being so worried about something and confused and then when you finally figure out what you’re suppose to do, it just feels so so right. Thanks, Holy Ghost! 😜

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