I’m not very keen on flying, I’m better than I used to be but I can’t say I enjoy it. For our long haul flights this time I decided to take some sewing to keep my mind occupied. I packed about half a dozen project bags each with all the threads, needles, fabric and of course the pattern. The only thing left to pack was some scissors…
I read lots of comments on facebook about what airlines allow and what they don’t, it does seem very variable, some of them don’t even allow nail clippers or floss cutters, so I decided to do a mini test! I packed different types of cutting implements to see what would be allowed and what would be confiscated.
I packed some pretty little floral scissors, they’re actually very sharp but they have a blade less than 1″. They are also very cheap so it didn’t matter if I lost them. (I did take the fob off first!!)
I packed some paper scissors, they were sharp enough for thread, a longer blade, but importantly they had a rounded blunt end.
Our flights to Australia were with Emirates, they studied both pairs, interestingly they seemed more concerned about the blunt pair. I had been careful to put them inside the project bags so it was obvious what they were for. They let both pairs go through.
Sydney to Bali was with Virgin, they confiscated the floral pair as they had a sharp tip.
Bali to Kuala Lumpar was with Malasian Airlines, they confiscated the blunt pair.
Nobody took any notice of the thread cutter round my neck. I sent it through the scanners like a pendant and they never gave it a second glance. It was actually perfect for sewing on the move, I never actually used any of the scissors in the end. As it was hanging round my neck there was never any issues with dropping them, loosing them down the side of the seat or even just having to furtle round in the bag every time. It doesn’t cut quite as close as a pair of scissors but I can always trim off loose threads later.
On the flights to Australia I managed to finish February of the Joyful World calendar by Maja Matyas of The Snowflower Diaries. I think February is a particularly sweet design with the two ducks sitting together. The linen is actually a really pretty soft shade of green, but it’s not showing up on the photos. I’m making these into mini cushions with the idea of eventually having a basket of seasonal ‘smalls’ on display. Obviously there is a bit of catching up to do as I’ve still to make it up and were already nearly at the end of March!
I did lots more sewing over the three weeks which I will show you over the next few days. Between flights, airports, sitting round the pool ( I can’t just sit and do nothing!) I got quite a few hours in!
My final tip for flying…I found a use for some leftover binding strips from the Kaffe Fassett quilt, I wrapped it tightly round the handle of my purple suitcase, I could spot it a mile off on the baggage carousel!