Our new sewing project for charity: Pillowcase Dresses for Dress a Girl Around The World

16 Jan

Our involvement with the ‘Big Knit’ campaign last August/ September went so well that when Victoria suggested that we should get involved with making pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around The World charity we thought it would be a perfect follow up for our next big community charity project.


“It believes that every little girl should own a pretty dress”

The ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ charity, which was founded in America and is part of Hope 4 Women International, encourages people that can sew to make simple ‘pillowcase’ dresses which are then distributed to girls living in poverty in developing countries like India, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya etc.  It believes that every little girl should own at least one pretty dress. They have more recently started making shorts for boys too.

Ghana2 dress a girl around the world


Louise Horler from ‘Sew Scrumptious’ is the UK Co-ordinator and has now collected over 3,000 dresses from all over the UK and Ireland. Louise joined up after reading about the charity in Sewing Magazine last year. If you haven’t heard of this project, then check out the US website here, and Louise’s page on her blog about it here or on her facebook page here.

Uganda3 dress a girl around the world

So what are the details?

Monday 28th January 2013            7.30pm – 9.30pm

in the Main Hall of the Brighton Road Baptist Church, entrance is in New Street

Cost: FREE, however we would really appreciate a donation of at least £3 to cover basic costs such as bias binding/ thread/ elastic/ postage etc.

Please tell all your friends about it, share this on facebook, let’s see how many dresses we can make in one evening, the more the merrier!

But I can’t sew?

No problem, there are plenty of jobs to get involved with just come along and chose which part you’d like to get involved with. Plenty of tea making skills are needed as well as ironing, cutting  out the patterns, making fabric flowers to go onto the dresses, cutting lengths of elastic and bias binding.

Want to get involved?

Just follow these simple steps….

  1. Mark the date in your diary
  2. Let us know that you are thinking of coming in the comments section or via email (makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk), just so we can make sure we have room for everyone.
  3. Find an old pillowcase (or more) that is clean, without marks or stains and not too see-through. If you haven’t got any some charity shops still sell them I know that Horsham Matters sell lots in their upstairs section. Alternatively please bring some fabric, 1m plus.
  4. Please bring your own sewing machine and fabric scissors if you have them.

You can also look at it this way……. why not come and learn how to make a simple dress for your daughter or shorts for you son whilst doing something good for our community? And all for only £3 plus free tea or coffee and plenty of cake not to mention fabulous company!


11 Responses to “Our new sewing project for charity: Pillowcase Dresses for Dress a Girl Around The World”

  1. yourfriendkate January 16, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Yes please!!! But is it possible you will have a couple of pillowcases spare? I don’t get into town very often and it’s not fair to ask my mum!!!

    • makehorsham January 16, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      no problem Kate, I’ll have some extra on the night x

  2. Rachel Chambers January 16, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Hi can I come to this please? :0)



    • makehorsham January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Rachel, of course you can, the more the merrier, looking forward to meeting you on 28th Jan 🙂 Magdalen PS can you let us know if you are bringing a sewing machine so that we can make sure we have enough work space?

  3. Emily hills January 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I would like to come to the pillowcase dress workshop.
    Many thanks

    • makehorsham January 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Of course, will be great to meet you! can you let us know if you are bringing a sewing machine? Magdalen

  4. Gemma January 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi there

    My friend Nicky and I would like to come. We both have pillowcases, and Nicky has a sewing machine. Gemma

    • makehorsham January 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Hi Gemma, Great news, it will be lovely to meet both of you on Monday x

  5. Katie & Tricia Burke January 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi. We would both love to come, I’ll bring my sewing machine and Tricia will do ironing, tea making etc. looking forward to it!

    • makehorsham January 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Katie and Tricia, Looking forward to meeting you both tomorrow! x

  6. annelymakes January 28, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Can’t wait to learn how to make some pretty dresses tonight! It’s such a great cause too!! x

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