Friday, May 3, 2013

Pillowcase Dresses for Project Yesu

Pillowcase Dresses for Little Girls in Uganda

Mallory's Project Yesu is Inspirational!  

"Everything happens for a reason." We hear this all the time, and I like to believe it's true, but sometimes that's harder than others. In this case, I do believe it! This week one of my projects was featured at Someday Crafts, and while I was there checking out their site, I noticed the "Crafting for a Cause" link, and I was intrigued. Project Yesu, and organization started by a remarkable young woman named Mallory, is looking for handmade pillowcase dresses to bring with them on their upcoming trip to Uganda (this is their second time going). They're looking for lots and lots of dresses to bring to the little girls over there, and how can anyone say no to that?

I had enough of this fabric on hand to make two dresses, probably around sizes 6 & 7. Maybe they'll go to sisters! In any case, I was happy to be able to help in some way. I often feel like I want to be doing more to help those in need, but with my (and my kids') current schedule, I haven't been able to commit to too much. And when all was said and done, it took me about an hour and a half to complete these (and that was with many kiddo interruptions). I'm glad to be able to help in some way.

I urge you to visit the Project Yesu site to find out more about the cause, because I fear I won't do it justice. But what I can say is that I am so impressed with Mallory and all she has done with Project Yesu, especially at such a young age. 

So I felt like this was a good week--a cool feature at Someday Crafts leading to lending a hand to an amazing cause. If you can carve out a little time to make one of these pillowcase dresses for a girls in Uganda, I know Mallory would be grateful. 

Incidentally, I just noticed the new front cover of the spring Hanna Andersson catalog. You guessed it, pillowcase dresses!

They're collecting dresses until May 31, 2013, so you still have time. The tutorial I used (from Sew Like My Mom) was the one they recommended on their site, but there are plenty of patterns out there!


  1. Gorgeous dresses and an inspiring idea!

  2. Thanks, Jan! I can't believe how quick they were, too!

  3. Wow! What an awesome idea for a great cause! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    We love these dresses and we are sewing several to donate! Can't wait to post them for all to see.

    Sharon and Denise

  5. That's great, Sharon and Denise. So glad you liked them! Even happier you're making some, too!

  6. Wow, I have many sheet sets where the sheets are no longer good but the pillow cases are. this is so worth a try

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net


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