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Topic: Are needle-felted animals safe for babies?  (Read 2454 times)
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« on: April 05, 2010 11:54:18 AM »

I haven't tried felting yet, but I love the look of all the needle-felted animals I see on Craftster, and was thinking of making a mobile with detachable animals for a friend's soon-to-be-arriving progeny. I just worry that the animals might not be safe for little tiny put-everything-in-their-mouths babies. Can little pieces come off? Are there choking hazards? Can anyone confirm or refute my fears? I'd hate to harm a baby!
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010 02:35:24 AM »

Hey TeriLynn,

I have made a mobile for a friend's baby, it was a farm theme so lots of sheep and pigs.
I made sure that there weren't anything too little in the sculptures, ie. I didn't use glass eyes.
But with all things, I made sure the parents knew to keep the mobile high up so bub couldn't grab at the bits when unsupervised. The sheep had little heads that could have been swallowed, and they had little legs too, nothing sharp but I guess a glob of wool could choke a child.
I just did my best to make sure everything was attached as firmly as possible with no possibility of anything just dropping off, they would have to be manually yanked out.
The bub is now 3 years old so I did a good job of keeping him safe, and the parents did a stella job of making sure the mobile was safely out of reach too.  Smiley

A couple of pics:

« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010 02:52:22 PM »

Thanks for that- good thought on not including other objects for eyes, etc. If I get off my lazy beehind to attempt it, I'll post some photos!
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010 10:59:52 PM »

If you are new to felting (as I am) a great baby project is a ball with a bell inside. You can do custom colors, shapes or monogrammed initials. They turn out really cute and are totally safe if you use a large bell, nothing they could choke on if it ever came apart.

feltpets: I love love love your animals! I have only done a bit of 2D felting but would love try something more scultural. i have amild wool allergy though and wearing gloves seems so awkward with detail work.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010 08:09:36 PM »

you could always do something other than animals, you could wet felt balls and then needle felt animals on them, that wouldn't be a problem for babies.
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