|Swap Coordinator:||freespirit66 (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Clothing Sewing Email|
|Number of people in swap:||7|
|Location:||Regional - U.S. only|
|Type:||Type 3: Package or craft|
|Last day to signup/drop:||March 8, 2010|
|Date items must be sent by:||April 12, 2010|
|Number of swap partners:||2|
For this swap, you will make a pillowcase dress for Little Dresses for Africa - a non-profit organization that distributes dresses to orphan girls in the remote villages in Africa.
Because of the widespread AIDS pandemic, little girls are often left to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. Little Dresses for Africa hopes that in delivering dresses to these young girls, that a seed will be planted in their hearts that they are worthy.
When creating the pillowcase dress, please refer to the instructions provided on LDA's website:
Remember not to use buttons or zippers because these can be difficult to repair or replace in Africa. Instead, sew on decorative trims, ribbons, and other embellishments to make the dress pretty.
Also, pockets are both useful and fun for little girls. Perhaps adding 1 or 2 pockets on the dress would be a nice touch.
When you have completed your pillowcase dress, take a picture of it before measuring it and placing it in a plastic gallon ziplock bag. The instructions for doing this are here:
You will mail the dress directly to:
Little Dresses for Africa 24614 Curtis Drive Brownstown, MI 48134
Little Dresses for Africa will then distribute the dresses to the girls in Africa.
Then, to each of your 2 partners, please E-MAIL the following (note: if you are not able to take digital pictures and attach them to an email, sending a photograph and letter via snail-mail is fine):
This is a closing thought that I read on another website about a group of women who made dresses for Little Dresses for Africa:
[In doing this project we are] "honoring a special group of moms... who can no longer hold their daughters or provide them clothes. Most died from AIDS or other illnesses and their children were left as orphans.
"We honor those precious moms by putting our hands to work and creating beautiful dresses for their little girls. We may not have changed the world, but for those little girls when they pull those dresses over their tiny heads â€“ their worlds will change."
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