Saturday, March 6, 2010

Little Dresses For Africa

As you know I'm obsessed with Swapbot.  But today I came across something different - its not simply a fun way for crafty sewers to use their skills, but it also help little girls in need and I wanted to share.

Little Dresses For Africa is a non-profit organization that sends handmade dresses to young girls in Africa who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.  This provides much needed clothing, and also a sense of self worth by having something of their own made just for them by people who care.

The website features an easy pattern here, made using a pillowcase, but any simple handmade dress is welcome.  (I am going to try this cute free sundress pattern!)  You can also make "britches for boys" if you would like to put together some simple elastic waist shorts.

Simple dresses without buttons or zippers are requested, as they can be hard to repair or replace. 

If you're a swapbot member and want to join the swap to see what others are making, go for it!  The signup deadline is Monday 3/8, and dresses need to be completed by April 12 in order to share pictures with your swap partners. 

If you would like to make something/donate on your own, visit the website

What a great way to use your craftiness for a greater good!


  1. I have never made a dress, and have never had the desire to try, but will be attempting one (or ten lol) some time in April after this big tutu order is out of the way.


  2. Awesome! I've only made a couple (very basic) ones myself. I'd love to see what you come up with - email me when you finish them! Good luck with your tutu order :)

  3. wow this bought a tear to my eye, how amazing I will love to do this I have heaps of lovely fabrics to spare, thank you for showing me this,love glendas sb

  4. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for the link, I will definitely make a dress or two.

    Yoshi (libertunity from Swapbot)