Tips & Tricks
If you buy clothes or softies in a store you can read the washing instructions on the label, which is attached to the product. With fabrics this is usually not the case. If you have any doubts about the washing instructions, the best thing you can do is to test it with a small piece of fabric. Allways prewash fabrics before using them. Most fabrics shrink when washed for the first time.
Toys for childeren have to meet strict requirements. Manufacturers should thoroughly test their toys before bringing them to market. Handmade clothing and toys have not been tested and therefore can never guarantee the same level of safety compared to a product which is manufactured in mass production. If you're making toys or clothing by hand for children under the age of three years old, make sure the product does not contain small parts (often reffered to as parts smaller than 3,5 cm/1,4 in diameter) such as buttons. Also use extra strong machine sewing thread.