Friday, July 29, 2016

Upcycle an Old Cotton Shirt into a Toy Chicken


I used felt scraps and what was left of the same cotton shirt I made into a pizza to make a couple of chickens.  Remember, I don't use clothes that are wrinkle-free, no-iron or treated with antibacterials/Microban/antimicrobials. To see the reasons why and where else these chemicals can be found, click above to read my earlier posts on the subject.

I turned the shirt inside out and drew my chicken's outline on it with a ballpoint pen. I then sewed about half an inch outside of the outline, leaving a little gap open to stuff the chicken.


I then turned it back the right side out, and cut out my felt shapes.


I sewed them on, stuffed the chicken with cotton scraps and drew two eyeballs on with a Sharpie Stained fabric pen and my chicken was done!


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Outer Space Card Table Fort Panel #3



Last year I showed you how I made the following panels for my card table fort:


Our solar system


Astronauts

For the third panel, I decided to make some aliens and planets.  I cut shapes out of the felt I had, and am not crazy about the color scheme but I guess the colors work together.  There were so many individual pieces that I had to hand sew on, this panel definitely led to some major felt fatigue.

I first laid out my pieces to find out the best orientation for everything.



I then sewed everything on over the course of a few days and used a Sharpie Stained fabric pen to add faces to my aliens and some craters to the moon.





Check back here for the last panel of my space tent!


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Middle Grade Novel Debut!

I'm thrilled to announce that I won the New Visions Award for my Middle Grade novel, AHIMSA. It will be published by Tu Books in Fall 2018!

You can see the announcement here:
http://blog.leeandlow.com/2016/05/18/announcing-the-winner-of-our-new-visions-writing-contest/