[The deadline for me to receive items for the Do-It-For-Others NICU project for Hailey's Hope is Monday. Thanks to all who were involved in this special project. At last count there have been more than FIFTY preemie outfits mailed in!]
I am SO excited to tell you about our newest project that will actually be for June and July: pillow case dresses for little girls in Africa!
IF YOU DON’T/CAN’T SEW———>PLEASE KEEP READING!!!
One of my readers suggested this project and directed me to Little Dresses for Africa. This is a wonderful non-profit organization that is providing simple, sweet dresses for children in Central Africa, hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. Many of these children are orphans cared for by sibling and sometimes clothes are a luxury. This organization also holds classes during the dress distribution to educate the kids on sanitation, nutrition and family skills.
I was a little worried about the sewing part of this project because I want these DIFO projects to be easy enough for whole families to get involved. And every time I attempt sewing, I break a needle or I trip on something (that last part is probably totally unrelated). So, I asked Twitter for help. I was simply overwhelmed with the response of 15 seamstresses who are donating their time and skill to create dresses from the pillowcases we collect in June!
Our goal: ONE-HUNDRED dresses!!
A special thanks to the seamstresses:
Sweetie Berry, MollyFulton, My Blessed Life, Joy in the Journey, Mommy Daily Vent, robinvisbal, Amy_G, Parris Ponderings, Smock Lady, My Soul Reflects, One Stitch Rachel, Signing Charity, Little Miss Random, Troop Petrie, Shouting for Ha, Our Life Upstaestate, Beth Sew Anyhow, Cheerios UnderFoot, Angie.
June 1-30 PILLOW CASE/MATERIALS DRIVE
We need 100+ new or lightly used pillowcases!!
July 1-31 SEAMSTRESSES MAKE DRESSES/MAIL
Items you can send for this project:
- New or gently used pillow cases
- Double bias tape
- 1/2 inch elastic
- air tight vacuum space bags
- money to help with shipping (I will be dividing supplies and shipping to seamstresses. I will also provide them with a postage-paid envelope to mail completed dresses to the organization).
If you sew and would like to complete your own pillow case dress(es), please send them to the address below. If you can make your own dresses, please note that you DO NOT have to use actual pillow cases, elastic, bias tape, etc. Make them in your own unique way and they WILL be sent to Africa! Here is the dress pattern that the organization suggests.
You can mail these items to:
We are THAT family
8000 Research Forest Dr. Ste. 115-110
Spring, TX 77382
Please ONLY leave a comment if you are able to contribute in some way (every little bit counts!)