Craft Activism?? Race Against Hunger Campaign.. fancy sewing a jigsaw piece??

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I am so excited about this craftivist jigsaw project supporting Save The Children Race Against Hunger Campaign, creating small jigsaw pieces with provocative messages.

Craft Activism

Years ago I took part in a big rally in London on the lead up to a G8 summit,  calling for the government to Drop the Debt. Catching a bus from Norwich, one of many coaches which attended. I was struck by the wide variety of people who felt called to march. It felt exciting and positive to take part… to feel as though I was doing something concrete, expressing my voice, helping in a small way.

On the run up to the next G8 summit meeting Save the Children are campaigning for David Cameron to take the lead at the next G8 summit meeting, setting plans to tackle child hunger, for David Cameron to follow through on his promise to lead the way in the Race Against Hunger.

“Every year, 2.3 million children die because they don’t get enough of the right food. “

Despite dramatic improvements in preventable diseases hunger is the real cause behind a third of all child deaths,

Sign Save the Children’s campaign here.

Plus why not take part tin the Craftivist big jigsaw… sew a jigsaw piece. As part of the project I’ve joined hundreds of craft-lovers in the UK who care greatly about world hunger; we want to use our hobbies to make time to think about the issues in groups, or alone, whilst sewing, and do positive campaigning to encourage MPs to be the change they wish to see in the world.

#imapiece

This is my piece… but the ideas are endless, images of pieces already made can be seen at Flickr.

It may not have the same thrill of marching in the thousands but it is something practical I can do, and which has re-engaged me with campaigning:)

Thanks to Mr X Stitch, Deadly Knitshade & Hilary of Craftblog UK who are joining the Craftivist Collective to take the lead.

Vicky

PS In a fit of optimism I have spoken to the headteacher of my daughter’s school – really hoping they are going to take the project up. Will let you know next week if they are taking me up on my offer of providing 60 fabric jigsaw pieces and fabric pens so the children can write their own messages 🙂

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Premio Award :)

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Being so new to the world of blogging this was a wonderful and encouraging surprise:)  Thank you to A Wee Bit Random for the nomination:)

By accepting the award I nominate the last 9 people who have commented on my blog.

premio award

As I am such a newbie I am struggling a little with sharing the award with nine people, here are the very lovely people who have encouraged me on my new venture:) Please take the time to check them out:)

Day Dreams Custom Sewing & Handmade Gifts

UKCraftBlog

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The Green Word

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Thank you to you all for encouraging me along:)

Vicky

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Sorting your wardrobe out? Fresh Start? Recycle those shirts…

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I thought I would share with you some ideas for those shirts you may be parting with…

My husband has had a great sort out, so I have lots of shirts for recycling:)

Recycled Shirts

Recycled Shirt Ideas:

I started with making some PE Kit Drawstring bags for restocking my Etsy shop. There are lots of tutorials available on the internet for making drawstring bags, but I did particularly like one which suggested strengthening the corners of the base of the bag. It’s worth reading a few as different tutorials give different perspectives:)

PE Kit Drawstring Bag

But I was then left with a sizeable pile of fabric, so I have had a go at making children’s party bags, with boys in mind…

Boys Party Bag

There are of course lots of other ideas available on the internet, here are some of my favourites:)

bottle holder recycled bag

Sadly my husband prefers short-sleeved shirts!!

Shirt I Pod Cover, or Purse: www.creativewithkids.com/recycled-shirts-into-purses/

Shirt I Pod Cover, or Purse: www.creativewithkids.com/recycled-shirts-into-purses/

 

Courtesy of Martha Stewart: www.marthastewart.com/271811/blue-shirt-pillow

Courtesy of Martha Stewart: www.marthastewart.com/271811/blue-shirt-pillow

Tutorial here: http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2010/04/one-of-greatest-mens-shirt-makeovers.html

Tutorial here: http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2010/04/one-of-greatest-mens-shirt-makeovers.html

To purchase a PE Kit bag, or children’s bag visit my Etsy Shop.

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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