Happy Holidays! We are holding an End of the Year Sale now on Etsy with 20% off all diapers through the end of January! Stock up now because we are not sure what will happen to Fluffymail.com come February when the CPSIA law finally takes affect.
Want to keep up with what is going on at FluffyMail.com? We now have a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account! We will be doing some give-aways from time to time so make sure you come on over and join us!
Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. Basically this means we now have until February 10, 2010 to comply with the new law. In the meantime, the decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.
So what does this all mean for us at FluffyMail.com? Well, it means we will stay open for another year at least! We will be following the news in regards to the CPSIA over the next year and will continue to work towards compliance if at all possible. Please be assured that there are no parts to our diapers (fabrics, labels, thread, elastic, or snaps) that contain lead.
For those of you who have already ordered from our inventory sale we are working hard to get your orders sewn up and shipped out as fast as we can. Those of you who are still on the wait list, we will of course honor the sale for anyone who emailed us with interest. There is still a lot to choose from on the inventory list and it is not everyday that you can get up to 30% off our diapers! We have closed the wait list and will be contacting those of you still waiting in the next 2 weeks.
Thank you so much to everyone who signed petitions and contacted their local and state politicians to express their thoughts on this new law. There is no question that it was your action that is letting us continue sewing diapers for another year. We are so very grateful to you all.
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We wanted to take a minute to inform our customers about the future of FluffyMail.com.As most of you know, we have been in business since 2003 manufacturing and selling handmade cloth diapers and diapering products.We love our business, our products, and our customers and are sad to say that the future of FluffyMail.com is unknown.
On October 18, 2008, President Bush signed into law new legislation called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as a direct response to the high levels of lead found in some of the children’s toys manufactured overseas.A deadline was set for February 10, 2009 for all businesses manufacturing and selling items made for children under the age of 12 to become compliant with the new law.Compliance under this law requires batches of manufactured children’s items sold in the US to be tested for lead and phthalates.This testing is very expensive and is not an option for us.As of February 10, 2009, non-compliant goods will be treated as Hazardous Materials and can not be sold. The civil penalty caps have been increased from $5,000 to $100,000 for each violation.
What does this mean for FluffyMail.com?Unless the law is changed to be less broad and protect small WAHMs businesses we will not be able to sell our products after February 10th.In the meantime, we have a lot of inventory sitting around that we need to move out before that date.If you are interested in purchasing some of our current inventory you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will start a first come/first served list.These items will be semi-custom items only, not full customs.We have a lot of diapers already cut out and ready to be sewn up including print fitteds and PUL AIOs in all sizes and styles as well as some Night Lights.We are working on taking an accurate inventory to show what we have available and will work through the wait list as quickly as possible before the February 10th deadline.
If you would like to see this law changed so that small businesses like ours do not have to close our doors, please go to CoolMomPicks.com for ways to help.
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We hope you are all having a nice and relaxing summer with your families! We have been taking some time off of sewing to spend time with our kids so we haven’t stocked our Etsy store in ages! We finally managed to sneak into our sewing rooms for a few hours and complete some fitteds for our store. Check them out on Etsy!
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Well, school is now officially over and summer has begun! We have been so busy with end of school parties, making teacher gifts, and finishing up all of the after school activities, that we have not been able to spend much time in our sewing rooms! Our first priority now is to finish up our in-progress custom orders and then get some more diapers listed on Etsy.
We both have a lot of family activities and vacations planned for the summer so it is just not possible for us to stock on any kind of a schedule, unfortunately. There will be few diapers stocked later today and we will keep stocking more as we finish them over the next few weeks. We hope you all have a fantastic summer with your families!
“Which is better for the outer print of a diaper? Knits or wovens?” We get asked this question all the time and while there are differences between the two types of fabrics, in the end it really just boils down to personal preference. Each type of fabric has pros and cons, but both are wonderful options for diapers.
Knit fabrics are stretchy which is an ideal characteristic in a diaper fabric. It allows the diaper to fit a bit longer and gives the diaper a comfortable t-shirt feel. Unfortunately, knits will usually fade over time and have a tendency to develop holes and/or runs in the fabric. Woven fabrics are more durable and will hold up much better after continuous washing. They will look bright and new for a long time, but they lack the stretch that knits have which makes the diaper feel less flexible.
We love using both types of fabrics for our diapers. When we expanded our product line to include woven fabrics years ago, we understood that the fit of our diapers made with woven fabrics would be different since they lacked the stretch that knits have. To compensate for the loss of stretch, all of our woven print diapers and our AIOs are made with an adjusted pattern where length is added to the wings of the diaper. This alteration to the pattern makes up for the lack of stretch where it is needed most – around the waist.
Still undecided? Try one of each! There are good things about both types of fabrics and after using each type for a while you will figure out if you prefer one over the other.
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We love the look of plain ivory velour diapers! We listed a dozen semi-custom Little Caboose™ velour diapers on Etsy this weekend and let the customer choose the snap and thread colors. It is so much fun to see what color combinations people order. Green was a very popular choice this round. These are all headed out to their new owners later today. Enjoy them!
Today I had some fun learning to marble dye. Dharma Trading Company has a tutorial on shaving cream dying and it was just so much fun. Here are the “dye baths” for today (yes, you will soon see some marbled FluffyMail on etsy!). They turned out so pretty!
We will be stocking some semi-custom ivory cotton/poly velour diapers today as well as some organic cotton velour diapers. These will all be traditional Little Caboose style, all sizes, and you can choose the thread and snap colors. You can match the thread and snaps as in the photo below, or mix and match! These will be stocked randomly throughout the day in our Etsy store.
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