Another Pillowcase Dress workshop for Charity

21 Apr

As our first workshop we did for charity this year on 28th January went so well we are doing it again on 29th April! We had over 26 people who gathered to make  pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around The World charity and we sent over 30 dresses to Louise of Sew Scrumptious (who is the UK Co-ordinator). Lets see if we can get even more people and make even more dresses to send to them this time? Here is the review of our last charity workshop.


“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 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 29th April 2013            7pm – 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/ hall hire/ tea & cake/ 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. However at our workshop in January everyone (the majority hadn’t been near a sewing machine before) had a go and everyone ended up making a dress. Victoria from Cuddle Monsters and myself will be on hand to guide you through the simple steps.


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 (, just so we can make sure we have room for everyone and more importantly that we have enough cake and tea 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. We also have some spare pillowcases that you can use if you wish.
  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!

Also if you’ve been watching The Great British Sewing Bee and feel inspired to start sewing then this is the perfect start.



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