Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 Little Dresses for Africa Sew Along!

  In 2013 I heard about a not for profit organization called "Little Dresses for Africa". Below is a little information about this organization from their website:

About LDfA

Little Dresses for Africa, founded in 2008 by  Rachel O’Neill is a registered  non-profit 501c3 Christian organization. Our mission is to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond.  Volunteers from all over the world join together to make little dresses out of pillow cases or other simple patterns. Some sew. Some donate. Some go to Africa, and some send others. Little Dresses for Africa sends the donated dresses through misions teams, mails them directly to verified communities and takes them personally with their short term teams.   Your donations are distributed through orphanages, churches, and schools.  Together, we can make a difference.
How We Make a Difference-
Because of the widespread AIDS pandemic, and other disease, little girls are often left to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. The road is especially tough for little girls and women. It is our hope that in delivering dresses to these young girls, that a seed will be planted in their hearts, in the name of Jesus, that they are worthy.  We plant the seeds; God sends the harvest.
It’s more than just a dress! 
Although clothing is needed, these  little dresses are so much more.  They go as little Ambassadors into the homes and villages where we are able to teach simple lessons clean water, and sanitation and to promote good  health and family skills knowledge. As relationships are formed we are able to identify other needs that can be met through your generosity.
Who Is Making the Difference?
Simply stated… you are! We believe that most people want to help others less fortunate than themselves. They just need to know how!  Lives are changed here and across the ocean as we join together to help others.  Whether you sew or not, this ministry has something for you!  You can sew independently or form a group to sew.
    After reading more about the organization AND seeing all the beautiful photos of the children , I knew it was something I had to participate in. In 2013 I made my first 10 little pillowcase dresses. I so enjoyed making those little dresses. It is a great Charity project and now I really enjoy hosting a linky party every year with prizes to encourage people to make a few dresses and link up! Below are photos of some of the previous Dresses I have made. I am very excited to announce I am once again hosting a Little Dresses for Africa Linky Party for 2017!!.

I love using decorative stitching on the bias tape ties.
  Boy shorts and Sanitary pads are also desperately needed.
 Did you know that the girls cannot attend school during their monthly periods because they do not have sanitary pads!!!  

 Below are the patterns for :
1. Pillowcase Dresses from yardage- Please make sure fabric is good quality and not see through. This is the pattern I use. I also pre-washed my fabrics. These dresses have to last and hold up to alot of wearing and washing.Please make sure that all inside raw edges are finished. You can also do a French Seam and enclose raw edges.

2.. Pillow case Dresses from Pillow cases.
4. Boy Shorts - made from T Shirts ( or any drawstring type of shorts will work) 
      Will you sew along with me?  You can make one or ten or more! Any help is greatly appreciated!!
   AND once again the generous folks at Fat Quarter Shop and Aurifil Threads are sponsoring the LDFA Sew Along with prizes for linking up! 
Woohoo!  A $50.00 Gift Certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop for one lucky participant! Someone will have a great time spending that!! 
  I haven't received the threads yet from Aurifil but I will post a photo once I receive their contribution! 
I will also be offering a Gift Certificate to my ETSY shop!
  Please help spread the word through your blog, facebook, twitter, instagram and with your sewing friends and groups. 
Feel free to copy this image to help spread the word!

I am so excited about getting started on this years Dresses. A new to me online fabric store sent me a few yards of my favorite "Carousel" fabric in 2 colorways to use for dresses: Thank you so much to Tonia and the great folks at Fashionable Fabrics in Alta Loma, Ca for their generous donation. They have a large selection of adorable and up to date fabric collections! Tonia also works with her church group on making little dresses! 

  I mentioned above that I like using the decorative stitches on my machine with  Aurifil thread on the bias tape. I think it looks really cute and maybe all the extra stitching will help the bias tape ties endure many, many washings! 

Please let me know if you have any questions! I can't wait to see the paradof Little dresses and Shorts . 

   The sew along begins now and will run until the link up party July 1st through July 3rd, 2017. The winners will be announced on or after July 4th, 2017!! So gather your friends and fabrics and have a great time stitching! Please note to be eligible for the drawings your entries must be made between April 30th 2017 and July 3rd 2017. 

  There may be another missionary group going to Africa this fall so you may have the opportunity to send your items to go with this missionary group or you may be sending directly to LDFA headquarters. More on that later. 

  I love the Little Dresses for Africas' motto: "

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

Thank you for stopping by everyone! I hope to see ya'll linking up those adorable dresses, pads and shorts in July! Watch this blog for more information!

Happy Stitching!
Thank you for stopping by!
xo Jan

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