For this project the pillowcases do not have to be new—gently used pillowcases work very well and sheets or fabric may be used. Please note the cotton content of the fabric and the pillowcases and keep the cotton content 75% or greater. 100% cotton will be the most comfortable. Pillowcases and other fabric can be found at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and many other places for reasonable prices. You may add trim or leave them plain. Use your creativity and have fun!
Click here to download the instructions and armhole patterns.
Contact Betty J. Diemer ( email@example.com or 419-884-3238) for information on where to send the dresses and to let her know you are sewing.
Completed dresses should be tagged with the name and address of the group as well as the size of the dress. For example:
Made by the ladies of
Grace Episcopal Church
41 Bowman Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44903 U.S.A.
If you are an individual making dresses, it is up to you how much information to provide, but please at least put the dress size on the tag.
Ways you can help if you do not sew:
- Provide pillowcases, elastic, eyelet, fancy buttons (can be used, but nice) or offer to help cut fabric/pillowcases or pin on bias tape.
- Donate gently used or new boys shorts, shirts, and /or Tee shirts (watch the graphics no alcohol ads etc.), again high cotton content.
This project will be continuing through at least April 30, 2011 to allow for sewing during the colder months when a lot of people do more indoor activities.
For additional assistance, please look for “pillowcase dresses for Africa:”
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the children in Haiti!