I learned about Little Dresses for Africa from Brian Williams' Making a Difference broadcast. (I have a crush on BriWi, but that's a whole different post)! Rachel O'Neil was touched by the little girls she met in an orphanage in Africa and wanted to do something to make them feel special. She knew the way to a little girl's heart is a pretty dress ! Her idea was to make simple dresses out of pillow cases and distribute them to children in need. Over 550,000 dresses have been distributed all over Africa as well as to Haiti, Mexico, Honduras and right here in the US as well.
I've been working on making some dresses to send. The whole process was fun - selecting pillowcases that would make a little girl happy, raiding my stash of trims to add some pizazz, and seeing 12 little dresses ready to ship out. Theses are easy to make and all the directions are on the website. Little boys need stuff, too and there are directions on the site for making shorts for them.
Here are my dresses - all ready to ship out!
Next time - shorts for the boys and dresses for bigger girls.