The beauty of being a small business is that I am able to have control over every aspect of the production of the PlayBag and a lot of love and thought goes into each and every one. Today I wanted to share with you what goes into each PlayBag.
Sourcing quality fabrics
Not just any fabrics will do when it comes to making the PlayBags. Firstly, as I decided to have the PlayBags CE tested, which means that they conform to UK safety standards as a toy, I cannot use just any fabric that I find on Ebay or the local market – no matter how lovely! All the fabrics have to conform to standards and come with a certificate. As you can imagine this does mean that sourcing quality fabrics is no easy feat, nor is it cheap!
I had a bit of a heart-breaking moment a few years ago when the lovely green long pile fabric that I used for grass was discontinued! I ended up spending a small fortune trying to find a replacement – but none were quite up to the same quality. It meant that I was left with a massive stock of unusable green fluffy fabric which ended up donating to a local primary school. (I have since been imagining a lot of child sized grinches running around the school!!).
I eventually found that the same supplier had a multi-coloured version, which I love and so, the green grass was replaced with "rainbow grass" in our Shire and Garden designs.
Every aspect made by hand
All our PlayBags are made individually by myself. This means that each one has a quirky nature all of its own. No two PlayBags are exactly the same as is the nature with handmade items – but that adds to the charm. The PlayBags are also made in small numbers, I tend to only made about four or five at a time, and then often with different coloured exteriors.
We are very choosy about who we buy our supplies from. Not only do they need to conform to safety standards, but where possible we try to use local, ethical small businesses. Again it is important to us that all the companies we use have the same high standards. This goes for every aspet of the business, from the fabrics we choose to the final packaging.
The personal touch
We keep a stock of ready made PlayBags available, however, we are also able to make up PlayBags to your own preferences if you want a different combination of those you see in the shop! We aim to offer a truly personal service, and each purchase is colourfully wrapped with love. It is important to us that you love your PlayBag as much as we do!
If there is anything else you would like to know about the PlayBags, please do drop me a line :)