Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crafting for a Cause: Pillowcase Dresses

Another Project 14 project completed - whoot!

Last month, while looking through a linky party (sorry, can't remember which one!).  I stumbled on this post on Ladybird Lane and learned that each month (or every few months) she features a different crafting for a cause.  This spring, she is teaming up with her friend Amy over at One Artsy Mama featuring Project Yesu and making pillowcase dresses to send to young girls in Uganda. I thought it sounded like an awesome idea and I knew I wanted to participate.

You can see an interview that Charlene did with Mallory, the girl who is collecting the dresses to take to Uganda, her page A Pinch Of Joy.

I followed this tutorial on Sew Like My Mom to make my pillowcase dress.  I plan to make more this weekend, but I wanted to get this post out as soon as possible so that you can have time to make some pillowcase dresses of your own if you are so inclined.

These dresses are super simple to make - less than an hour for the first one, and the second one takes even less time!  I used some fabric that I had on hand, so no need to even run to the store.  Sew Like My Mom even has a size chart for baby dresses through age 8.  All sizes are needed.
All you do is choose your size and cut your fabric.  Fold and press the long sides and sew them up.  Make a casing at the top for your ribbon (about 1 inch, depending on the size of your ribbon).  Sew right sides together, but leave about a six inches free at the top of the dress for arm holes.  Hem the whole dress.  Finally, thread your ribbon through.  Anchor the ribbon by sewing across the ribbon in the middle of the casing to hold it in place.  Check out Sew Like My Mom's tutorial if you have questions (until I have time to get more pictures up!)

Dresses can be sent to: 
Mallory Fundora,
Project Yesu,
1178 Willow Bend Drive,
Clarksville, TN 37043

All dresses need to be to Mallory no later than May 28, 2013! (So put them in the mail by May 23rd to be safe!)

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  1. Wow what a great cause! I am going to have to make up a couple of these!

    Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  2. I found your blog at Whatever Goes Wednesday I will give this a try! I am a new follower and I hope you follow back my blog!

  3. That is a great cause ...too bad I can't sew but my mom does and I'll ask her to please do this for ne...

    I'm a new follower.


  4. What a great cause. You have such a big heart <3

  5. Great! Pinned to my Pillowcase Dress Board! Thanks for letting me know!

    A Pinch of Joy/

  6. Hi! New follower via Show Off Sunday. Love this idea of crafting for a cause!
    I invite you to visit me and join if you wish.

  7. How wonderful! We are a day late! Would love to learn if there is another crafting for a cause we can help with. So nice! Thanks for the inspiration. If we can help w/ any other projects let us know at :) Sharon and Denise

  8. Sounds wonderful and I love the idea that We can help others through our blogs.Thank you for the notice-Denise

  9. Pretty dress for a great cause!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. I have had a pattern in one of my project books that I bought for a pillowcase dress. Haven't gotten around to making one. What a great cause. My daughter and SIL sale rope sandals. They donate part of their sales to young women in Ethiopia. They plan on going over this Fall to teach them how to make them. I think service is such an amazing thing. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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