Pillowcase Project: Dresses for Jordan, Costa Rica, & Tanzania

It is with much excitement that I blog about Craft Hope’s 23rd project:  Pillowcase Dresses!!!  These dresses will be for girls at a school in Jordan, an orphanage in Costa Rica, and in Tanzania.  Craft Hope’s founder, Jade Sims, says that it all started 4 years ago with 29 handmade pillowcase dresses headed to an orphanage in Mexico.  Her idea of crafting for a cause, crafting for hope quickly caught on!  And since then, Craft Hope has connected crafters worldwide to hand-make items from baby bibs to sock monkeys, birthing kits to blankets, bracelets to flip flops and so much more.  These items are hand crafted with love and then donated to communities in need.  Handmade items collected to date:  149,645!!!!

This month gave us a chance to revisit the project that started it all – the Pillowcase Dress!

This project was short and sweet with a hurried deadline, so I was unable to get a blog post written in time to rally the local crafting troops…  However, we did form a small, mighty, spur-of-the-moment crafting group at church and finished 26 dresses!!!


We made:

DSC_5816Dresses out of actual pillowcases, so that most of the sewing was already complete; simply had to make a couple of cuts and sew a few seams.

DSC_6096We made some dresses from scratch with two coordinating fabrics.  In essence, we were making a pillowcase first and then turning it into a dress.

DSC_5788The “ribbon sleeves” which tie together and hold the dress on the shoulders were made with a single tie….

DSC_6105and some with double ties.

DSC_5829We even made a couple of the ties out of fabric!  I love this look!

And just once, I got fancy with a ruffle along the bottom, for as you know, I adore ruffles….  ahem….  hence my crafty persona, Ruffled Rose…!  But the pillowcase fabric (polyester) was fraying and messy, so that was a one time venture for this project…  but “Long Live the Ruffles” anyway!

DSC_6113This project was fun, simple, and so darn cute!  I wish I had more time to crank out even more dresses.  I just want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the ladies who participated in this project!!!!

Unfortunately, there were other ladies who wanted to participate, but didn’t get a chance to this time around.  Rest assured, there will be more crafting projects, and I try to announce them here on my blog, as well as on Facebook, on my Ruffled Rose Homemade Accessories page, which is linked to on the right side of this blog page.  To keep track of my blog, please subscribe with your email address and receive emails each time a post is published.  To keep track of my Facebook page, please go to Ruffled Rose Homemade Accessories page and click “Like” to receive notifications on your own wall.

Happy to make dresses out of pillowcases for the girls in developing countries!   Happy to craft with the lovely ladies at Tyler Road!  Happy to be so blessed by an Awesome God – May these projects go to glorify Him!


About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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One Response to Pillowcase Project: Dresses for Jordan, Costa Rica, & Tanzania

  1. abbie berning says:

    NICE!!! Way to go. Awesome is OUR LORD………….

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