After discovering that Coats and car seats can be a disaster in the case of an accident, I started looking for an alternative way to keep my toddler warm to and from the car and while the car was still warming up.
My searches came up with nothing in the UK, and the postage from the US was more than I could bare paying. So I started looking for a pattern I could buy to make one for my toddler and any other babies in the family. After searching and searching I couldn’t find what I wanted. This lead me into researching pattern making where I developed what I believed to be the best solution and set up shop!
Each one is made with love and care with the hope of hundreds of safer children in car seats.
I did however have a moral dilemma! To appeal to a wider audience and get as many children as safe as possible they would need to be warm, soft, affordable and look good. This meant the use of synthetic fibres- Fleece. Not great for saving the planet. Or I appeal to a much smaller audience using all natural fibres that may not be as warm (untested as of yet) and out of price range for many people but I got to be a low waste shop!
I decided to go with the fleece to begin with and add other fibres to my shop for anyone who is on a journey to zero waste or prefers natural fibres as I go along (after testing). So although I won’t be achieving any prizes for how environmentally friendly I am, I decided my main priority was child safety for all and hopefully I can persuade more people into the natural fibres as I go (and perhaps even towards a zero waste lifestyle).
I am however doing my best to find a use for all off cuts leaving as little waste as possible.
Reversible Fleece ponchos are now available here: thetinkerden.etsy.com
I will keep you updated when I have a fully tested poncho made from natural fibres