Certain projects call for a nice, big square of cotton or polyester wadding. Others, like cuddly dolls or comfy cushions, will see you adding polyester toy filling to your shopping basket without a second thought. If you’re charting your own course with a home-designed make, though, you might find the decision isn’t so clear cut.
Taking inspiration from aquarium-themed playsets I’ve seen around, I picked up a brightly coloured charm pack and sketched out my own tropical fish, clam shell and coral. The packs I’ve seen include fishy friends of all shapes and sizes, so there aren’t many design limitations, but I do want to ensure that they’re fun to hold and play with, and easy to clean. Choosing between wadding or polyester toy filling could make a big difference to the final result, not to mention the making process.