Yesterday I went to my local library, the get some more children’s books, ahem, cough, OK, actually some books about sewing. In amongst the range of books on quilting, knitting and crochet there were a large number of books ostensibly titled ‘how to make soft toys’. WHAT! These books must be banned, or at least put them on a shelf too high for well meaning old ladies to reach.
Soft toys are becoming the bane of my life. Last audit, we were reaching 120 of the little blighters. Now, as most children pick one or two and ignore the rest, the other 118 are not needed. They sit around collecting dust, looking rapidly more dated as each day goes by and serve no real purpose to anyone. You can’t easily give them away, they don’t easily catch fire these days and they have a capacity to fill space like nothing else on this planet. Except for grass in flowerbeds. I did offload some on Freecycle to someone whose school wanted them for the tombola. A victory against the powers of soft toy evil. That’s a tombola I would avoid!
Anyhow, a list of things to do with soft toys;
- Accidentally drop them whilst out and about, rather like the old sand in the pocket trick.
- Repackage them as Christmas/Birthday presents. If anyone does this to me, I’ll know.
- Fill up those plastic charity bags which keep on coming through the door at a rate which is quicker than I can actually go and buy something to put in them . Serves them right for adding to the plastic waste mountain.
- Leave them at well meaning old ladies houses’ oh, dear, yes, I’ll come and collect it. When he is 12′.
- Butcher them to use the material for other more worthy items, applique on t-shirts perhaps
Any other suggestions gratefully received.