Are Crochet Toys Safe For Kids?

Crocheted toys make great gifts for kids of all ages, but are they really safe?

Here are 4 things you need to consider when buying a crocheted toy or if you are planning to make a crochet toy that will be safe for kids.

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Kids, especially babies tend to have sensitive skin and wool can cause them to feel “itchy”. If you’re looking for a crocheted doll or blanket for a child, go for products that are made with cotton, bamboo or acrylic blend yarns, these are soft and are less likely to irritate or scratch a baby’s sensitive skin. Wool yarns contains animal fibers which can cause allergies and have a tendency to pile over time.

Kids will be kids and kids will make a mess. That said, make sure the product you are purchasing is washable so you don’t have to resort to throwing it out if your kid gets apple sauce all over their new toy. Cotton and acrylic yarns are generally easy to just throw into the machine for a quick spin whereas other yarns may require dry cleaning or hand washing so make sure to read the label to make sure it is washable.

Most products use “safety eyes” but to be honest, safety eyes are not 100% safe and with enough force can still come apart. The ones held together by a plastic backing on the inside (pictured above right) can loosen over time especially if your kid starts biting or chewing the toy. The ones that are sewn on (pictured above left) are a better option as it is incorporated into the pattern as the doll is crocheted and therefore will not detach from the doll since it is basically stitched into the pattern.

So why aren’t they used if they are a safer option?

You need to know exactly when to add them, and once you add them you won’t be able to change it’s position; unless you unpick all your stitches until you get to where the eye was attached. No one enjoys doing that.

To be safe, when choosing a crocheted toy for kids, it is best to look for products that have embroidered features instead of plastic safety eyes. You can check with the seller if the safety eyes are sewn on or held together with the backing, if it’s sewn on, good. Some sellers may be willing to replace the safety eyes with embroidered features upon request so do check if the product you are interested in comes originally with safety eyes.

Embroided eye details and no detachables on this one!

Doll accessories, pom poms, beaded necklaces on toys are cute, until your kid decides to remove it and eat it. Kids put everything into their little mouths so you want to make sure that the doll does not have small removable parts or accessories that could pose as a potential choking hazard. They love pulling, stretching, biting everything that lands in their hands, what if they stretch a bead bracelet and the elastic snaps? The beads will come loose and if they’re not under adult supervision, the loose beads are going to pose a high choke risk.

Be sure to check that everything is securely attached to the doll and doesn’t come off too easily, or make sure all removable parts are big enough to not fit in one of those curious little mouths.

There! You are now well equipped to make smart choices when it comes to crochet toys for kids.

Still unsure about the many different types of yarn available out there? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve put together a free, downloadable e-book that explains the different types of yarn, their uses, as well as everything you need to know about yarn weights, what exactly “ply” means and how to go about choosing the most suitable yarn for all your projects.

Did we mention it’s free? Click here to download now!

Welcome to the NEW STORE!

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and a really long time since I have listed new items for sale. Thanks to the few of you who have been very supportive of my craft all these years, I’ve decided to build a new online store after I ditched Shopify a few years back when they increased the prices tremendously.

Welcome to the new store hosted on Wix!

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I’m still trying to figure out how to connect the store to this domain but my tech knowledge has not allowed any success so far. It was relatively easy to build thanks to the templates and once I got the hang of it, it was really fun!

Here’s a sneak at some of the new items I have listed in store!

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I’m addicted to making these alpaccas! They’re just so adorable and everyone loves them! Check them out in store cause there’s a few different designs!

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I’m taking a long break before starting a new job in January, which explains why I finally had some time to work on this. I will still be updating the store regularly, I hope you find something you like! :)

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A Peacocks' Exclusive With Jeanine

Over the weekend I had a little Q & A with the team behind Peacocks Renewed. Check it out on their blog! xx

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As you’ve probably heard by now, we’ve got an exclusive collaboration with accessories designer Jeanine Gabrielle! Hailing from a little island called Singapore, Jeanine’s creative and unique designs have caught the eyes of many a fashionista and accessory lover the world over! Aside from creating pieces to sell, Jeanine also offers customers the opportunity to customize an accessory for themselves or a special one, be it earrings, necklaces, keychains, cufflinks and even handphone cosies! So what made Jeanine decide to become an accessories designer? We catch up with Jeanine to find out.

Interview with Jeanine Gabrielle Goh, 27, Blogger and Businesswoman 

1. What got you started in creating your own accessories?

Well, I’ve been hand-making all sorts of stuff ever since I can remember. It wasn’t so much a decision to start making accessories, it sort of just… happened. Browsing through magazines I’d see pieces that caught my eye and I’d…

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Funk up your dress! Get ready for prom!!

Need help mixing and matching your outfits with accessories that will never go unnoticed? Check out these picks from Peacocks Renewed featuring some of my pieces! xx

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‘Tis the season for prom! We know all you lovely ladies will be busy shopping for prom. Why not check out Peacocks for your prom dress? We have a wide selection ranging from elegant to feminine to funky, and the best part is you can get most dresses for around £30 or less! Don’t forget to show your student card for an additional 10% discount!

While you’re at it, don’t forget to find accessories to match your dress! Peacocks is proud to present an exclusive collaboration with accessories designer Jeanine Gabrielle! All the pieces featured in the picture above are lovingly handmade by her! Why not try out the collars with the tube dresses for a stylish twist? It is the little details that make the difference!

Want something truly special and unique? Jeanine does customizations as well. Why not ask her to make your very own necklace, bracelet…

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Monkey King "Globetrotter" : The Official Music Video

so we’ve been talking about this, you’ve seen what happened behind the scenes, and more recently we had our launch party…

BUT, THIS IS IT!

This is what it’s been all about!

we’d love for you to help us share the video with your friends. we want to get this video on MTV!

like it, facebook share it, tweet it, blog it. we’ll love you for it! and don’t forget to let us know what you think.

support local talent! :)