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Meet : Kid Crafter Katie!

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IMG_5689Katie N. has been sewing since she was 8 years old. Her love of hand sewing started with a pillow kit that she tried with the help of her mom, Karla. For fun she started sewing dragons (dragons have been another of her passions...check out her cut-paper animation here). Friends and family saw her creations and the orders started to roll in! Her dad, Russ, set her up with a website, Pandora and Pals, where she takes orders for custom creatures. Katie is my brother-in-law’s niece and I was thrilled to discover her magical creations at a family party! (And even more thrilled when we received our custom dragon in the mail!)

dragon collageI was amazed to hear that Katie does not sketch or use a pattern. According to her dad: “Katie thinks in 3D. She will look at reference photos for specific animals, but all her designs are in her head. She studies commercially-made stuffed animals to see how they are put together, and seems to intrinsically understand what flat shapes will make what volumetric solids.”

animal collageKatie is almost 14 now and is constantly drawing and creating. Russ said that “she does all her sewing by hand right now. Her mom plans to teach her to use the sewing machine, but that hasn't happened yet. I think there's something great about the hand-sewn quality of her animals.” We agree…keep up the great work Katie! Click here to order your own custom Katie creation!

And if you’d like to make your own simple stuffed creature, we have instructions in our new book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids. Click here for an instructional video. Happy crafting!

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