Folksy polices the policy on handmade through post-moderation - through sampling products and reviewing items that are reported.
Defining 'handmade' is difficult and we continually look for ways to improve this definition so it is easy to understand and workable. If you have suggestions on how to improve our definition of handmade we'd love to hear it - please do let us know by raising a support ticket.
At least one of the following criteria must be met to list an item on Folksy:
- Majority Handmade: The item is handmade by you through a craft practice, for example knitting (either using a pattern you have created or one that you have permission to use) or woodturning or sewing. Full list of Supported Craft Practices.
- Original Design: The item has an original design. For example we allow prints of illustrations or decals of original artwork. However, these must be your original design, not somebody else's, or a copy of someone else’s. We also allow jewellery designs using mass produced beads where more than one element is involved in the defining feature of the finished product. Please see our note below about ‘assembled’ jewellery.
You can sell craft supplies on Folksy, whether the items are handmade by you or mass produced. Supplies can be anything which can be used for crafting, as long as they don’t break any laws within the country of origin and the sales destination. Pre-bought items that you are re-selling must be listed in the 'commercial supplies' category, the 'handmade supplies' category is for items that you have made yourself.
You must list your item as a Supply if it is one of the following:
- A commercial supply
- A handmade supply such as buttons, fabric etc.
- A kit
- A Pattern or tutorial
Specific examples of things you can’t sell on Folksy
To make things a little easier, we’ve also compiled a list of things that cannot be sold on Folksy, below. Please do read through this list as we won’t be able to refund any items that are listed on Folksy that breach this list of prohibited items. Thanks for looking and helping us keep Folksy the best place for handmade work in the UK.
1. Items which infringe copyright
See our copyright page for information on copyright infringements including a list of known products and terms.
2. Assembled items
We don’t allow items on Folksy that have been simply ‘assembled’ from mass produced components with little or no original design involved, for example:
- Nappy cakes, gift baskets etc.
- Assembled jewellery, where the defining characteristic of the item is the charm or mass produced piece on it, for example, a mass produced charm attached to a chain.
3. Vintage Items
Vintage items can only be sold on Folksy if the item is:
- Upcycled (it’s original function has been significantly altered)
- Painted, printed or decoupaged.
Refurbishing and restoration of an item such as furniture is not classed as a significant change and therefore not suitable for sale on Folksy, and we therefore exclude all simply repaired, cleaned, polished, or waxed furniture.
4. Handmade items that have not been made by you
You must have made the product you are selling (unless it is a commercial craft supply), or you must be able to prove that you designed the product. Folksy supports individual designers and makers, Folksy does NOT support re-sellers.
5. “Adult” and pornographic items
Items which are deemed to be pornographic or of an “adult nature” (interpretation of which is determined by Folksy) are prohibited. If unsure you are recommended to contact us before listing.
6. Illegal or hazardous or dangerous Items
Items which have been gained illegally or which are stolen or for which it would be illegal to trade [e.g. drugs, items sold as toys without the necessary license, copyrighted work or reproductions of copyrighted work without permissions]. Hazardous or dangerous such as weapons, knives or chemicals are not allowed.
7. Non handmade/homemade foodstuffs
Only homemade food can be listed.
8. Found Items
Found items such as driftwood, stones or fossils can be sold on Folksy but can only be sold as a supply, not a handmade item. Exceptions to this would be the use of techniques such as lapidary when a stone or mineral is formed by carving or polishing and made into a decorative item. These items can be listed as handmade.
9. Music & Film
We don’t allow the sale of music, film, CDs, DVDs, other music-related or film-related items, with the exception of tutorial DVDs which can be listed under Supplies.
Alcoholic beverages (which, by law, require a license to sell) are not allowed to be listed or sold on Folksy.