Want to do something good to help Australian wildlife from home? Last week I saw a newspaper article about the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). They were asking people to make cotton mittens to help Koalas that had burnt paws as a result of recent bushfires. The pattern was extremely easy & it took me no time to run up 110 of them. Hundreds of other people did the same because within days, IFAW said they had received thousands of mittens, even from far away Canada & USA. It makes me smile just to think of this.
Now the IFAW are asking for help again. This time they want people to make pouch liners for all kinds of orphaned bushfire victims & other injured animals, including baby kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, possums & wombats.
From their email – “These simple pouches provide warmth & comfort, like being in their mother’s pouch. Pouches are changed regularly after each feed & up to six pouches can be used per animal each day. With regular washing & daily wear & tear, plenty of pouches are needed.”
You can use old bed sheets as long as they are 100% cotton or flannelette. 100% raw silk will be used for the ‘pinkies’ – joeys so young they haven’t grown hair yet.
I saw a bunch of secondhand sheets in the Salvos Store on Marrickville Road last week going for around $5 or less. These would be perfect. If you are like me you will have fabric that has been sitting in your stash for ages because you can’t think of what to do with it. What better way to have a clean out while doing something beneficial.
Once again the pattern is very easy & does not require advanced sewing techniques. The address to send pouches is also included. You can download the pattern here – http://bit.ly/1z9Fyk7
If you would like to make a monetary donation to IFAW, see – http://bit.ly/1DX8pH6