Pillowcase Dress Drive Update

Remember the Pillowcase Dress Drive I recently shared with you?  Project Yesu is collecting these simple dresses, in all sizes, colors, and fabrics, to take to little girls in Uganda when they travel there this summer.
Well, I figured I couldn’t very well ask you to make and donate some if I didn’t do it myself.  So, here’s an update on the dresses I’m about to ship.
Last weekend, I stopped by the fabric store while we waited for our carryout Chinese food to be ready {mmm…orange chicken…shrimp lo mein…but I digress}.  I got the fabric for my infinity scarf, and I also picked up a yard each of purple and pink cotton fabrics to use for these simple dresses.  

I confess, I’d never made a pillowcase dress before.  In fact, it’s been years since I made a dress of any kind.  So, I found and followed the same tutorial I gave you in the original post from Sew Like My Mom.  {Remember, if you don’t sew, there’s also a no-sew option too}.  I made the purple dress first, and it took me about an hour because I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right.  The second one went much faster, because once you figure out the process, it’s easy-peasy.

I have to tell you a special story about making the pink dress.  I had cut it out and started sewing the first step when Little Crafter realized what I was doing.  He recently learned to use the sewing machine {with 150% supervision} so he begged to help me.  Honestly, at first I was a little reluctant because I wanted the dress to turn out really nicely and wasn’t sure how it would go, but then it occurred to me that the lessons involved in letting him sew clothing for a poor child halfway around the world were far more valuable than the time it might take to rip out a few seams.  

So, I said yes.  Little Crafter grinned from ear to ear and sat down at the machine.  I guided the fabric while he pushed the pedal, and together we finished the rest of the dress.  He was focused, interested, and helpful…and you know what?  I didn’t have to rip out a single stitch.  He did perfectly.  He also helped me thread the ribbon through the casing, and as we worked, he asked questions about the little girl who might get the dress.  I had the opportunity to talk with him about how blessed he is compared to families around the world who don’t have enough money, food, or clothing.  And, I got to share with him about how God wants us to use the things we have and the things we’re good at to be a blessing to other people.

He says he made the dress all by himself, which is okay by me.  It’s also particularly special because we happened to make a size 4T which is what LC himself wears, so the dress will girl to a little girl his size and age.  My heart is full.  Thank you, Project Yesu, for the opportunity to be involved in this special drive.
If you would like to contribute dresses too, it’s not too late!  The shipping deadline is May 31, 2013.
Please mail completed dresses to:
Project Yesu
c/o Rory Fundora
1178 Willow Bend Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043

If you and/or your kids make some, would you send me a pic or two?  I’d love to share them!

Hugs & Glitter,

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3 comments on Pillowcase Dress Drive Update

  1. Dianna @ Craft A Spell
    March 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM (3 years ago)

    I’m so excited to make mine! I’ve had the fabric for a few weeks – I got enough to make at least three. I’ve only hand sewn before so this should be interesting! I hope to make my first one this weekend or next.

  2. Grandma
    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM (3 years ago)

    Such a nice project…LC is so precious…I love that he made one too…

  3. Sky
    March 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM (3 years ago)

    Love the story that goes along with your dress, Amy- makes me a little misty reading it! I have yet to make my dresses, but have it on my radar for sure. Shared this on my FB when you first posted about it with good response too :)


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