Saturday, June 20, 2015

It's Sew-Along time on the Farm!

Hey ya'll! Each summer I like to choose a Charity and help out however I can. The 10 little dresses above I made for Little dresses for Africa" in 2013. I chose LDFA once again this summer. If you are not familiar with this organization, you can read more about them HERE!
  Often seamstresses will get together and have a sewing party to make these simple but adorable dresses to send to little girls in need around the globe. Since I do not have any sewing buddies that live near the farm, I thought I would invite all of you to join me online for a LDFA Sew Along! And we have some great sponsors with fabulous prizes! Woohoo!
 You can use cotton pillowcases or 100% cotton yardage. Try to chose good quality fabrics that you cannot see through and fabrics that will hold up through a lot of washing! Remember the Dress you make may be the only dress that the child receiving it has to wear. It needs to last. If you are using pillowcases, you can find the pattern HERE! If you are using yardage, you can find a pattern HERE! They also need Boy shorts of all sizes!!!
  Pictured below are the fabrics, double fold bias tape and beautiful Aurifil threads that I will be working with! ( you can find a list of supplies on the pattern links).

 I would love it if ya'll could join in with me and sew a few dresses and/or shorts! To give us a little incentive, my wonderful sponsors are offering a few prizes!
   First we have  (4) Four - $50.00 gift Certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop! Four winners will each receive one $50.00 gift certificate to spend on what ever they choose at the Fat Quarter Shop! Woohoo! I love a shopping spree! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for your generosity!

And we have (2) fabulous thread boxes from Aurifil thread! 
 One lucky winner will receive a 10 spool 50wt. Collector box of "Gleeful by Carolina Hulse. I love these yummy colors! 

And a Second lucky reader will receive a 12 Large Spools 40 wt.Collection of Arizona by April Rhodes! I love 40 wt! And these colors are gorgeous! I am seriously crushing on these beauties! 

THANK YOU Aurifil for your generosity!!

So, how do you participate and get a chance to win one of these lovely 6 prizes?

1. Grab some fabric and/or pillowcases and one of the patterns here or here! Or use your own simple pattern.
2. You can make one or more dresses or shorts or both! These are simple and fun to make! I hope to get at least 10 dresses made! You can get together with friends or even your Guild Members and have a sewing party! (mailing instructions are found with the patterns and you are responsible for the postage and mailing your dresses/shorts.)
3. Take photos of your Dresses and/or shorts. (Be sure to take photos BEFORE you mail them!)
4. Come back here on July 5th and link up with your photo. If you have a blog, please share this post on your blog and invite your friends to participate! You can grab a "2015 LDFA Sew Along" button from the sidebar with the html code and post it to your blog's sidebar and your blog post about the sew along! If you do not have a blog, you can post your dresses and or shorts to facebook and link up to the facebook post!
5. Winners will be randomly selected after the linky party.

  You can also share the 2015 Little Dresses for Africa Sew Along button above on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram etc... I will be sharing this on face book , so please find me on face book and share! Help spread the word and let's get some Dresses and Shorts made!

Please note that only Dresses/Shorts made between today, 6/20/2015 and 7/5/2015 are eligible. Please do not link up dresses/shorts made prior to this date. International entries are welcome,  however,please remember that you will be responsible for postage and mailing your dresses/shorts to the appropriate addresses.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I can't wait to see the parade of Little dresses and Shorts on July 5th! So gather your friends and fabrics and have a great time stitching!
  I love the Little Dresses for Africas' motto: "

"We're not just sending dresses, We're sending Hope!" 

Thank ya'll for participating!
Welcome new friends and followers! We are so happy to have ya'll plowing along with us! Grab a Tractor and LDFA button from the sidebar!
Happy Stitching!
xo jan


  1. A friend and I are also making these dresses. They go together easily and are a great way to use my stash. I like the idea of focusing on a particular summer charity project each year.

  2. A friend and I are also making these dresses. They go together easily and are a great way to use my stash. I like the idea of focusing on a particular summer charity project each year.

  3. Can't wait to get started! I will share the post and see if I can get a friend or two to help as well. Thanks Jan for being the caring person you are and organizing this, your the best.

  4. I've been making these dresses, but mine are being sent to Honduras for a girls home. I'll take a photo of the next one I make. I hope it counts even though it is not going to Africa.

    1. Be sure and take a photo Linda! It will count!
      xo jan

  5. Made one! That one is XL but I've got another S one cut out and ready to go.

  6. I have pulled out more fabric than I can possibly sew in time, but I am going to give it a shot. (That was not a brag, people, that was a SABLE confession.)
    I am very stoked about making beautiful little dresses for girls who need them so desperately..

  7. Jan you are amazing. I am going to share on my page and on IG - so sorry I missed this earlier.

  8. I really want to make one! I made this decision pretty late though, when I saw your post last night. Maybe I can knock at least one out this weekend, just in time for the deadline!

  9. do the dresses have to be shipped by the 5th? Sorry for all the questions

  10. I had the same question as Debbie about ship dates. I found this party a little late, and want to whip up as many as I can by July 5. Can I ship it out July 6? Or even a little later, because then I could make even more.

    I picked up my supplies yesterday, washed my fabric, and got most of a dress completed last night :) I can make at least two more before the deadline, it just depends on how much sewing time I can find over the next few days... I have enough fabric for six I think.

  11. Hi everyone, thank you all for sewing along and to answer some questions , yes you can Continue to make dresses after the 5th! You just need to have one or more made by then and a photo ready to link up. LDFA accepts items year around and you will be sending your items directly to the address on the LDFA website ! Can't wait too see the parade of dresses and/or boy shorts. Happy stitching!

    1. I will be sewing after the 5th. I have a nice plan of what I want to make, have pulled everything out and know I won't get it all sewn by Sunday. I will just enter what I can by then. Yay!

    2. Great! I have three made, and I think I will take a night off from making dresses. I just need to pick up some more bias tape and I can make some more. Making these little dresses sure is fun!


  12. I hate that I missed this. I so wanted to sew some dresses & shorts this year because I was sick last year & couldn't. Can I still sew them & send them in for the next trip? I would love to see smiles on these precious kids faces wearing these clothes. It's so sad to see kids doing without so much that we take for granted. I'm sure these dresses & shorts will mean the world to these kids. I hope I can still send them. Thank you & God bless you all for what you are doing.


Hey yall!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Your words mean so much to me. Thank you for taking time to leave me a comment and if you have a blog, feel free to grab a tractor button from the sidebar and plow along with me! Ain't no tellin what we'll get in to.
xo jan