I was reading Rachel Denbow’s blog and came across her post about making pillowcase dresses for little girls in a Haitian orphanage. I loved the style she chose of the one long ribbon tie. I browsed online until I found a few great tutorials. These were all made from pillowcases I had on hand. Lots of pillow cases can be found at thrift shops for around $1-2. They couldn’t be simpler to make. You just measure the length needed based on this chart. I added 2″ to the finished listed length for account for the top seam.
You just cut off the top of the pillowcase according to the size you chose (the bottom will be the bottom hem, simple right?) and fold in half and use the provided template linked above for the arm holes. Cut the arm holes on the open end, not the folded center 🙂 I used vintage bias tape found at the thrift store, but any old bias tape will do, or you can even make your own. The ribbon is grosgrain and measures 7/8″. Once you have the arm holes completed, you fold down the top 1/4″ and then again a bit larger than the width of your ribbon. Sew it closed making a casing for the ribbon. Using a safety pin attached to the ribbon, feed it through the casing. You can have two ribbon pieces or one long one to tie on one shoulder. So easy! Literally from start to finish, under 20 minutes! I like to heat seal the ribbon ends and fold them over a few times and sew. I also tied knots at the ends so that they don’ t come unthreaded.
They are in need of all sizes, from baby up to teen. I think this is such a wonderful service project 🙂 Rachel’s friend Katy Shatto is heading this one up. Her church is the one who will be visiting the orphanage and will be delivering the dresses to the girls. The due date is June 1st to have them to her. If you would like to participate in making a few or more dresses for the orphaned girls PLEASE contact her at did2613(at)hotmail(dot)com. Her church’s website is here. The orphanage/school is called Center Of Hope.
I hope to be able to whip up a few more of these over the weekend. Have a happy Friday and a great weekend 🙂