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Thread: Pillowcase Dresses for Haiti orphans

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    Hey! I haven't been around in a long time, but I told this woman, Jami Sutter, that I would help spread the word about this project.

    The link she sent me for the tutorial is here http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html

    and her email address, if you want more information, is [email protected]

    I read about her donation drive for Haiti orphans on her blog here http://jamiinaction.blogspot.com/200...e-dresses.html

    She said feel free to contact her if you are interested in participating.

    Thanks!

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    what a wonderful idea...I would love to help...:)

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    Thank you so much for the blessing of this message. We are a small faith group that does service projects and this is so perfect for us. An answer to "how can we help"

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    I went to Goodwill yesterday to look for colorful pillowcases. I found a bunch of them! I already made up one dress, so if anyone is confused by the tutorial, please PM me and I can clarify it.

    I made a little matching purse and a pocket on the dress with the trimmed off parts.

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    Jami Sutter has been an advocate for the children of Haiti for many years. Her efforts are even more important now. We can help by making pillowcase dresses.

    Here is where to send them:
    Princess Project
    c/o Jami Sutter
    P.O. Box 244
    Gold Beach, OR 97444

    Here is the tutorial again:
    http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html

    Here are some pics:
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    Please let her know that the word has been sent to many church service organizations and quilt guilds. My faith group donates 50-75 pillowcases to inner city camps each year....we will turn our attention to this wonderful project and contact our local stores to call attention to this worth while project. One of our focuses is to teach women to do projects to help themselves too-its our experience that they love to participate.
    A needle and some thread creates magic in them.

    Much appreciation for giving us a tangible way to help with love.

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    we have a guy locally who travels to haiti twice a year and guilds make the dresses so he can take them with him. Our guild make 225 dress for the orphanage he goes to. The little girls can't attend church or school if they have only a t-shirt to wear....such a good project.

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    I put a link on my Facebook page. I know lots of seamstresses, and maybe I can get busy too.

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    I need help understanding the size to cut the elastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evelynquilts
    I need help understanding the size to cut the elastic?
    I can't remember what we did but it was either 6/8"...we ended up making some bigger ones out of a yard of fabric for the bigger girls....can you measure across and then kinda estimate???

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    Made my first dress...used 6" elastic....much easier than I thought...thanks for your help... :D

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    I've made seven of them and am going to mail them off the beginning of next week. Havn't made little girl dresses since my granddaughters were little, they are now teenagers.

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    I don`t have daughters so this so much fun for me....

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    Thank you all so much for your responses.

    There is need in many places for many reasons. I hadn't understood girls were considered 2nd class citizens and boys needs tend to be met before the girls. They also have a program called Britches for boys which are shorts but I don't feel ready to take that on yet. But that blue and white striped sheet make a darling group of shorts on those toothpick legged children.

    What a group of wonderful gals you all are. I am the lucky one. Thank you.

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    our church did the britchesforboys too....we used just about everything in the way of fabric...

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    I received an email from Jami this week:

    Starting today, I will have all of you busy sewers send dresses directly to Jon Obermeyer, the founder of Haiti Care Mission and The Princess Project. My storage space has reached capacity (yahoo!) and I will be focusing my time more on preparing our family space, schedule, and hearts for our adoptive (Haitian) daughter. We don't know yet when she will come home, but anticipate quite an adjustment on that blessed day!

    Keep sewing! I will be taking some dresses with me to Haiti in June, and will try to post photos of precious girls wearing them! They are so ADORABLE! If you have boxes on the way to me ~ GREAT! I'm not cutting myself off from the project! They will still get to the right place. I have dresses arriving at least twice a week, so I anticipate they will keep trickling in. This is just a notice for future shipments to be stored with Mr. Obermeyer.

    Here is his contact information:
    Jon Obermeyer, Director

    HAITI CARE MISSION
    307 Bridge Street

    East Tawas, MI 48740
    (989) 362 - 3540

    [email protected]

    If you'd like to be on his mailing list for newsletters from that organization, pop him an email and he'll add you!

    Have a blessed day!
    Jami Sutter

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    Hi, I'm making the dresses for Africa and my church is partnering this year with a church in the Dominican Republic so we may make dressed for this area also. Nancy Zieman has excellent directions on her web page for the dresses--it is "nancy's notions" just goggle it and you can get the info there for all sizes. Six inches of elastic for the smallest sizes, then more for the larger sizes. She also has a template for the armhole which is helpful.
    Happy sewing!

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    I saw this as "Little Dresses for Africa" project on Nancy's Notions e-mail ad. She has a downloadable pattern w/instructions that allow you to use fabric from the bolt as well as pillowcases. I have raided my stash and can make about 15 to start. I bought double-fold bias tape by the roll at Home-Sew- so much cheaper than JoAnn or Hobby Lobby

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    When I saw the "Little Dresses for Africa" project I started sewing. I have made three dresses from my linen closet and I'm heading to thrift shops and garage sales looking for more. They are super quick. I picked up a shorts pattern to make britches for boys too.

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