Just before my Expat friends head home for the summer holidays, I thought I would share with you some of the ways that we have used the free blankets that airlines give to children on long haul flights.
My daughter made two very simple cuddly toys, a dog and a chick. She drew a picture of her favourite animals, which we then used as a template to cut out two fabric shapes. We pinned them, sewed them and stuffed them. Super easy! Afterwards we stitched on buttons and beads to give the chick eyes and a beak.
My daughter also decorated a blanket for her little cousin, Lois. She cut out felt shapes and letters. We pinned the felt shapes onto the airline blanket and gently sewed around them using the sewing machine. She worked especially hard to perfect this gift and was very proud to give it to her cousin.
So, my best advice for the summer is to hold onto those airline blankets!!
The bright coloured fabric makes a great substitute for felt as it’s easy to cut and sew. In my opinion, it makes a much nicer cuddly toy than felt because it is so soft.
I find that shop bought cuddly toy stuffing is pretty pricey. Buying a cheap pillow or cushion and using the stuffing is much less expensive and does an equally good job.