Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A great idea...

When my women's group at church (Relief Society) announced we would be participating in a project to make dresses for little girls in Africa, I was sew excited!  Thanks to the efforts of a very patient mother, I love to sew.  And the great thing about these little dresses are they are sew super easy.  (Can you tell I'm having sew much fun with sew??!!)  These little dresses are made from pillowcases or from regular fabric cut and sewn just like a pillowcase.  With cute bias tape, you can make even plain colors have a lot of personality.  I made 2 dresses before the service event--the leaders wanted a few people who already knew how to put the dresses together so  we could help others.  I made a couple more little dresses that day and then took 4 packets home to make later.  I am in love with these little dresses.  The little African children look so cute in them too.  Here are a couple of pictures from the Little Dresses for Africa website showing some of the girls with their new dresses on.

Little pillowcase dress girls from Mozambique

More little girls in some new dresses

Then here are a couple of the dresses I made at home to send with the almost 300 our Relief Society donated from our day of service.

Dresses in 3 different sizes

If you want to know more about this wonderful organization, check out their website @ http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog  There is nothing better to lift your spirits than helping others. Showing love and charity to others is what this life is all about.  It feels great knowing you can make a difference in the lives of children.

Included in our day of service was quilt tying, ear comfort pillows and heat therapy rice bags for hospice care, sign-ups for volunteer opportunities in the community, a blood drive, and collecting baby items for local mothers in need.  Although our gymnasium full of tables and sewing machines resembled a sweatshop, you could feel a tangible spirit of love among all the women united in a cause greater than themselves.  It was a remarkable day.

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