The author describes how to collect cattail plants and use their fluff as a free insulating material in hand-sewn garments.
A late autumn stand of fuzzy cattail plants backlit by the setting sun.
PHOTO: MELINDA ALLEN
Choose a calm day to go harvesting and wait for a spell of dry weather to avoid a sackful of sodden stuffing. Cattails that have not yet scattered their seed to the wind are best. Just snap the stem below the 'tail. BELOW',
The author models her first sewing project, a warm and attractive "down" vest that was assembled for a total cost of under $10!