Attention all handknits sellers:

I’m spreading awareness to anyone who sells handknits. You are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and you are required to attach labels with specific information on your products just like larger manufacturers do. Failing to do this is in violation of U.S. law and if caught you could be fined thousands of dollars. Not to mention it’s just good form to provide your buyers with this information.

The FTC explains what information to provide on labels: Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts. I also found a creative tutorial from fellow crafter DuhBe on how to make your own labels at home with a printer.

Also keep in mind the new requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for clothing and toys intended for people of age twelve or younger. This policy is a consequence of the massive lead recalls a few years back and it requires expensive lead testing on many items.

Knitters rejoice: yarn is exempt from testing, by no accident. The Craft Yarn Council Association and The National Needlearts Association went before Congress with their own research before the act was passed.

Many natural materials are also excluded from the requirements. However, these items still need to be marked with tracking labels. The policy is explained on the CPSIA site, along with some helpful answers to common questions. This guide is specific to crafters and small business owners and will hopefully answer all of your questions.

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