We wanted to do something to help, that would also give us our crafting fix. The emphasis this year was on baking - we thought we'd try something that couldn't potentially kill someone - we are trying to improve people's lives after all!!!
Sew Scrumptious, it inspired us to make our own Pillowcase Dresses for the charity Dress a Girl Around the World. This is how Louise from Sew Scumptious describes it:
People who could sew were asked to make simple pillowcase dresses which were then delivered to girls living in poverty in the developing world. Girls in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Haiti and India. The charity felt that every girl should own at least one pretty dress.
|GOA, SOUTH AFRICA & KENYA from Sew Scrumptious Blogsite|
We would like to state that we are in no way saying we are people who can sew; we are very enthusiastic amateurs though and like to tackle these thing head on! Armed with 2 pillowcases we decided to give it a go!
Craft Hope and the instructions here were very clear and easy to follow. Using these instructions for a large child:
- Measure approx 21" for the length of the dress (from the open end of the pillow case upwards)
- Cut across the measured line - the cut end becomes the top of the dress
- Cut a 'J' shape along each side of the cut edge. Again using the instructions for a large child we made ours 3" wide and 4" long
- (Optional: Waste 20 minutes working out how you could use these cut out scraps as pockets, bags, hair accessories etc. Muck about for another 5 minutes pretending they are ears.)
- Make elastic casings at the front and back of the top. Insert and stitch in 6" of elastic
- Complete the dress by binding the arms with the bias tape (30" on each side)
They look great! I have plenty of pillow cases to donate :) B xReplyDelete
Brilliant, thanks - the more the merrier! xDelete
What a fabulous post! Thanks so much for making dresses and blogging about them. I really appreciate it! xxReplyDelete
Thank you! We really enjoyed making them & are hoping to make some more, so will send them over to you then. Thanks as well for sharing this on your facebook page :) xDelete
I made and shipped out 25 dresses. Some were pillowcase style but most were what DAG calls t-shirt pillowcase dresses. My sister and I shop sales for the t-shirts and I can make more dresses with the fabric I have been stashing.ReplyDelete
That's brilliant, it's such a great project. Really like the t-shirt style dresses as well - we may have to give that a go! xDelete
This is such a worthwhile project and there must be lots of pretty girls in their new dresses.ReplyDelete
Can I suggest that instead of using elastic that will deteriorate over time, just thread through soft fabric hemmed strips. The dress can then be let out as the child grows too. Happy sewing.
Thanks Lydia, what a great idea to use some hemmed strips - thanks for the tip! xDelete