In response to the CPSIA near disaster for many home-based crafters who sell their lovely creations, Anne from Bird and Little Bird coordinated a wonderful toy swap for handmade goods. I was so excited to take part in this wonderful statement.
My swap partner, Sarah, will soon be receiving this sweet little friend:
It was completely inspired by Meg’s version of the Kit, Cloe, and Louise pattern over at WeeWonderfuls. Earlier I posted about Fay which was from the same pattern just adapted a little. I may have said it before but both of these sites are a source of great inspiration for me. Also of great inspiration are the new fabrics from the Good Folks line by Anna Maria Horner. One of these days I will make a quilt from her fabrics. For now, I get my fix by using the fabrics for dolly clothes and the like.
When I first signed up for the toy swap, I had already decided I wanted to make that kitty I saw on SewLiberated’s blog. However, after seeing Sarah’s sweet little nephew that reminded me a great deal of Andrew when he was a little tyke, I remembered a pattern out of a goofy softie book I had picked up at Barnes and Noble one day. So, I decided to make this simple but pleasing (and maybe a little kooky) car for Charlie (or anyone else Sarah chooses).
Probably the best thing that happened during this toy swap was learning of the good news that the CPSIA has extended this deadline by a year in order to finalize the details concerning the use of certain materials. Even better news for softies makers is that cotton and wool have been excluded under this proposed certification. Yippeeeee!!!