Featured Maker – Willing Barkis | CE Marking Handmade Toys Collective

Featured Maker – Willing Barkis

Featured Maker – Willing Barkis

Featured Maker – Willing Barkis

This week we’re taking a look at Willing Barkis run by Suzy, who makes the most gorgeous baby snuggles, they just look so soft!

willingWhat is your website and/or facebook page?

Willing Barkis on facebook

Willing Barkis Website

How did you find out about CE Testing toys?

I googled it because I wanted to make safe toys. I thought I would have to pay a lot to have them tested in a lab.

Did you have to alter your designs to fit the en71? 

Yes It took quite a long time but I think it actually improved the finished design.

What advice would you offer to makers that are new in the process of CE marking their own toy design?

Just keep going – it really is worth it in the end. Once you have tested your toys a few times it seems much less of a palaver and the CE guide really helps you through!

What are you plans for the future?willing2

At the moment I’m pretty busy with orders for toys so that fills most of my time, especially when I get a larger trade order. I’d love to get to the point where I could outsource some of the sewing but only if I can be sure of consistent quality. I actually trained as a clothes designer so I really want to get properly into making baby clothes. Of course that involves a whole new set of regulations!

Is there anything you wished you’d know about CE Marking earlier, EN71 regulations or making your own designs and products?

The CE group started up at a great time for me so I had access to these great resources from the early stages. But there were timeswilling3 at the beginning where I felt confused and overwhelmed – I wish I knew then that it is less scary that you think its going to be.

What do you enjoy most about what you make?

I love making a new design. When a new fabric that’s caught my eye gets tested I can’t wait to try it out.

Did you encounter any CE marking blocks? (eg denial, material difficulty, money blocks, procrastination or others!) how did you get through them?

loads – I still do sometimes. Everything seemed to cost such a lot in the early stages especially when you haven’t got anything ready yet to sell. Now time is more of an issue than money. I can afford to buy the materials and machines I need but there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

What item/project are you most proud of?

The small doll comforters with animal hats. (I love these too! 🙂 – Suzi admin)


Don’t forget to pop by Willing Barkis and send Suzy some CE marking love, network, and enjoy the beautiful pictures!