Little Dresses for Africa…

Have you heard of Little Dresses for Africa?

This fantastic not for profit organization sends handmade pillowcase dresses for girls, and T Shirts and britches for boys, to children in need all over the world.  

A simple cotton pillowcase dress is all it takes to dress a child in need.  How many of those can you sew up in a few hours, with something as simple as a thrifted pillowcase?

In fact, they have had so much success with dress donations – that their bigger need is finding mission teams to bring these dresses to the children!  Know a mission team heading to Africa or other remote area in need?  Little Dresses for Africa can literally send you as many dresses as you need!

Looking for how you can help?   Check out their website found HERE.  You will find a free pattern for the pillowcase dress in all sizes, as well as a pattern for little boys britches.  

Every little bit goes so far…whether it be for the handmade clothes themselves, or helping with the funding for sending them internationally.  

There is one last thing I want to draw to your attention.  I was recently contacted by a woman with a heart for this organization named Margaret Andrade.  Her personal goal is to donate 50 dresses and to pay for the international shipping.  She is not affiliated with Little Dresses for Africa, but rather is a woman with a dream.  With the help of her local middle school’s sewing club, she is about half way to reaching her goal.  If you would like to get involved with her cause, you can contact her at:

[email protected]

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Love this organization! My friends and I have donated many dresses in the past few years. I also make it one of the projects for my students in the local sewing classes that I teach so that we have a big box of them to send at the end of each term. The students are always excited because even if they don’t have a little girl to sew for they can still make a super sweet little dress and know that there is a little girl somewhere that is going to love it. :)

  2. says

    Great organization….great plan. Having lived in West Africa, I can tell you it is so needed! Our neighborhood is crocheting soft balls and frisbees for a girl that is going in the summer, but I think I need to make a few pillowcase dresses too ;)

    Thanks Jessica!

  3. says

    I had read about them late last year and had set a personal goal to make one dress a week for a year using some of my husbands old dress shirts or thrifted shirts. However, after reading their website, I was unsure if they would accept them since they were not made with new fabric. I tried contacting them, but I never got a response. I’ll try contacting the woman you mentioned in your post, but if you personally know the answer to my question, I would really appreciate you letting me know! I think it is a great cause!

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