Monday, November 21, 2011

Little Dresses for Africa....

Here is another great project!!  You can make a one to send away and one for someone you know.....

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Pillow Case Dress Directions

Following the simple steps below, any size new or gently used pillow case can be quickly turned into a prized possession for a grateful little girl in Africa.   Pillow case patterns are only a suggestion, so feel free to use your own simple pattern and material if you’d rather!

Avoid buttons and zippers if you can as they are difficult to repair

Cut the sewn end of the pillow case top off leaving the hem

  1. Fold the pillowcase in half and cut out the arm holes so they will be the same on each side. The measurements depend on the size of the pillow case but it’s about 4 inches down and 2 inches in. See the pictures for an example.
  2. Fold down the top of the strip about 3/8″ and stitch a casing. Slide a 6″ piece of elastic at the top so it will be gathered.
    Rachel pinning
  3. Finish the arm holes with double biased tape leaving enough at the ends to tie at the shoulders.
    Rachel pinning bias tape

Don’t be concerned about exact measurements. All sizes are welcome and variations are fine. Add pockets or lace if you want to be creative, but all styles and patterns will be appreciated by the little girls.
We size them by length from the shoulder to the hem.
   Small = 2, 3, and 4  (16-22 inches long)
Medium = 5, 6, and 7 (24-28 inches long)
Large = 8,9, and 10 (30-34 inches long)
X-Large - size 11 and above (anything over 35 inches long)
No need to size boys shorts.  Any size is welcome. Elastic or drawstring waist works well for boys shorts.  Any pattern or material is acceptable.
The finished product is a beautiful delight to the kids!
The finished product is a beautiful delight to the kids!
JJ helps a little friends into his new "britches" for boys
JJ helps a little friends into his new “britches” for boys

Be sure to size your dresses before sending!  Please!  Also, be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you’d like to be notified that your dresses are received!  Thank you so much for your help! Pillow case pattern with sizes LDFA Directions for a simple pillow case pattern is below.  Follow the simple instructions or use your own pattern. We are also proud to be in cooperation with Sewing with Nancy on Public TV.  She has  provided us with a downloadable pattern availabe at Dresses  should be sized as Small, Medium, Large and XLarge and rolled into a 2 Gallon ziplock bag, when possible, for easy distribution.  Please mark on the outside, the number of items included and the size in each ziplock, if possible.   (Example:  12 size medium dresses)
If not, just send them to us, and we’ll package them for you!
Tax deductible donations for shipping costs are also accepted through this site.  Thanks so much for your help!
Dresses can be sent to:
    Little Dresses for Africa
    24614 Curtis Drive
    Brownstown, MI 48134

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