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My son received this cushion for Christmas from my sister, he's a huge fan of Thomas and Friends so it wasn't surprising really that most of us were pretty unoriginal in his gifts this year - the recurring theme being, of course, this cute little engine. The cushion is shaped to emphasise the Thomas print as you can see above, it measures roughly sixteen inches in height and thirteen inches in width (both measured at the cushion's widest points) which makes it a reasonably large cushion (relative to a two year old child that is!). It was pretty thick when new but over the past two months or so has squashed down and now has a thickness of just under two inches, personally I'm not bothered about the compacting of the filling as it's much more practical for him now it's a thinner cushion - over the past couple of days David has actually been taking it to bed with him to use as a pillow, which wouldn't have been possible if it had retained its thickness. The cover of the cushion is 100% polyester and is wonderfully soft, it's not really fleecy in my opinion but has a more 'flocked velvet' feel to it. It's strokably soft and David loves to nuzzle up against it when he's tired, rubbing his face against the cushion seems to soothe him (and there's not much that will soothe David once he starts...) while watching him run over to give Thomas a bit (wet) kiss is maybe one of the cutest things I've ever seen! The Thomas image is printed onto the fabric and there's not much I can say about that really as you can see it for yourself in the piccie above, the only difference being that the colours on the actual cushion are a little more muted which I think improves the overall appearance. It's still bright and colourful but doesn't look like plastic, which in my opinion is the case in any photo I've seen of this cushion. It's extremely well made, and being suitable for the youngest of Thomas fans I'd say this is a huge advantage. There are just two long seams running around the edge of the cushion and both of these are strong and securely stitched - you wouldn't believe the abuse this poor cushion has suffered since Christmas, and while it may look a little 'flat' now at least there doesn't look like there's going to be any stress or worry about the thing coming apart any time soon. I think this has been a fantastic present for David, more so than I originally imagined it would be when he tore the wrapping paper off. He carries it around with him when he's toddling around the house, plays with it like a large toy (bizarre really as he hates soft toys as a rule), talks to it when a Thomas episode comes on the tele and as I've already mentioned now uses it as a pillow when he goes to bed. It's great, really it is. Last week he had a horrible cold and was quite a poorly boy for a few days; while usually he's a veritable tornado of a baby, he actually spent three full days simply lying on the settee cuddling up to his Thomas cushion and I really do believe it calmed him to have a friendly 'face' near him. Of course, it didn't stop him whinging - but then again David whinges regardless of whether he has a cold or not, it would take a bonafide magic cushion to stop that! Luckily the cushion can go in the washing machine, but not the tumble dryer. I've washed ours on a 30 degree wash a couple of times and the colours haven't changed or faded at all, the thinning of the width occurred before it was washed so I know this wasn't the cause and the cushion has dried both times to its normal shape and size with no stretching or lumpiness. According to the label it can be washed up to forty degrees which is useful if your child is a mucky-pup, but in all honesty David hasn't got his cushion dirty as such yet and the only times I've needed to wash it has been when he's spilled something onto the fabric. It doesn't really show up the dirt despite the white and light grey shades on the front of the cushion (the design is not repeated on the back) so I doubt you'll have to wash it too often. All in all we love this cushion-cum-pillow. It's superb quality, looks absolutely fantastic and keeps my irritable son quiet for a few minutes at a time - what more can anyone ask for from a product which cost less than a tenner?!