Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Little Dresses for Africa 2018 Sew-Along!

Welcome to the 4th Annual Little Dresses for Africa Sew -along! 

Every summer I like to choose a project to make for Charity. In 2013, I came across an organization that makes and collects simple little pillowcase style dresses to help clothe children around the world, Little Dresses for AfricaAfter 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 (sometimes with prizes, more info on that later) 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 2018!

And Boy shorts

And 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) 
These patterns are just suggestions. You may use any pattern of your choice. Please remember that these items will get worn and washed ALOT so they need to be well made! If you use ribbon instead of sewn in bias tape, please tack the ribbon sew that it will not pull thru and get lost. The LDFA website has lots of suggestions and helpful hints! 
      Will you sew along with me?  You can make one or ten or more! Any help is greatly appreciated!!
  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 me or LDFA headquarters. More on that later. 
Please join me on my new FACEBOOK page, Sew fun with Featherweight Quilt Company,  and share your Dresses and shorts & pads! ! 

  I love the Little Dresses for Africas' motto: "

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

I wrote a simple tutorial here:

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

xo Jan


  1. Blogger has made some changes to where we can't see all comments. If you leave a comment I will try to reply. xo jan

  2. Hi.....I would love to make some dresses from yardage. The link to Nancy’s tutorial does not work. I searched her website, but all I was unable to find the pattern.....and I am the first to admit that I am computer challenged! Any help would be appreciated! ��

    1. Hi Jill, I think they took the Free pattern down after Nancy passed away. I do have a tutorial on this blog here: http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2016/03/sew-simple-saturday-link-up-party.html
      Hope that helps.
      xo jan

  3. How do you do the "link up" part? I have dresses made but unsure how to join and post, etc.


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