June 5, 2011

Dresses for Africa, and beyond

pillowcase dresses

Yesterday I attended a get-together that involved a big group of women eating brunch and making pillowcase dresses for friends to take on their next mission trips to kids in need. It was really a fun time, and for such a neat reason. I don't know how to sew, but I certainly had fun learning to pin hems and seams and totally was in to the embellishing part.

pillowcase dress 
made by Love 

I was thinking that it would be awesome if instead of making kids sew potholders and pin cushions in home ec at school wouldn't it be cool if they made things to give away to those in need? Do they still even have home ec in school these days? And I also think I should have more intentional parties like this with my friends, where we get together and eat quiche and make things for good causes. Have you ever done anything like this? Got any ideas?

19 comments:

  1. Home Ec is now called Family and Consumer Science. They don't sew, but they do bake cookies which I guess is important.

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  2. Do they give those cookies to their teachers or others in need at least? :)

    Steph

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  3. These are adorable!! A friend from church has been working on a bunch of these at our craft nights. So cool!!

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  4. beautiful! I would wear one! the light green pictured on the photo is just adorable!

    I'm planning my next trip to Africa in october or november (I hope) and this is such a cool idea!

    -another item that would come handy are washcloths-easy to knit/crochet - I didn't have any last time and it was hell taking bucket-showers without it - so next time lots of washcloths for me and my kiddos :)

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  5. Our women's ministry just had a baby shower where we all donated formula for the local pregnancy center. :)

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  6. Around Easter each year I like to get together a group of friends for a brunch party. We put together "Cones of Compassion." Using pages from wallpaper sample books and lots of fun ribbons we make the cones. Everyone that comes to the brunch brings tolietries in bulk (toothbrushes, lotions, razors, etc.) We load the cones full of these essentials, a chocolatey treat, and a handwritten note, quote or prayer for the recipient. When they are done we deliver them to our local Women in Transition center and they hand them out to the women who are in need.

    It is so little, but something I enjoy doing.

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  7. Have you heard of Craft Hope? Go check out their website! The kids in our FACE classes do some sewing and then there are also of course classes that focus on that....anyway - I think you will really enjoy the Craft Hope website! They have also published a book by now. Have fun checking it out!

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  8. When I was in high school (long time ago) I made baby kimonos to send over to a friend who was working in a hospital in Nepal.  They were in need of clothing for babies that came in to the hospital.  I have always loved to sew and craft so this was perfect.

    I have been thinking about doing more things like this lately. I want to teach my children to reach beyond themselves and learn to give to others.  Have you heard of Craft Hope? (Okay, I just noticed that the comment above mentioned this site too). They make lots of different things to give to others who are in need. Right now they are doing they are working on project 12. They are making bracelets to send over to orphans in Russia.  I thought it would be so fun to host a girls night and make bracelets.  The deadline for that one is June 15 though. 

    How wonderful would it be if we all used our talents and resources to give to those who in need!

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  9. Steph,

    I think that's a fantastic idea!! I remember home ec (it was in middle school though) an the stupid bag I made ended up in the trash by the end of the school year.

    Those dresses are adorable :)

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  10. Precious! Such a great idea.

    I once helped a friend sew a skirt to send to Africa, and it went so horribly hilariously wrong that we refer to it as the evening of drunk sewing.

    Worst part is, we weren't drinking.

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  11. We had to knot endless t-cosies... why can't kids knit beanies, trust me it gets cold in Africa too.

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  12. Let's try that again... We had to knit endless t-cosies in school... Why can't kids knit beanies, trust me it gets cold in Africa too.

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  13. very cute. reminds me of the summer cover-ups my mom used to make with dish towels when we were little, then beach towels (folded in 1/2)when older.

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  14. As always---Love is full of great ideas.

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  15. this was so much fun. i agree....let's do it more. need to figure out something to take with me for the boys! =)

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  16. I want those dresses in my size.

    Also, WHY can't I live closer?!

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  17. Our church just made a ton of these dresses as well to take with some of the congregation to Rwanda a few months ago. I think its a terrific idea. I really truly think this needs to be a common practice in families.

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  18. I love this Steph. Such a great idea.

    Our church has a really big humanitarian organization, and they always have things people can make to send overseas.

    We usually have get togethers a couple times a year to make things for humanitarian aid. I have made cloth diapers, school kits (chalk, chalkboard, eraser), toys, etc. many times for this. I love it.

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  19. I'm late to the game and didn't read all the comments, bu t the fraternity I used to advise (APO) used to do those tie fleece quilts (no sewing) to donate to project Linus. The craft blog Someday Crafts also just started featuring one "craft for charity" project a month....

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