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Following the simple steps below, any size new or gently used pillow case can be quickly turned into a prized possession for a grateful little girl in Africa. Pillow case patterns are only a suggestion, so feel free to use your own simple pattern and material if you’d rather.
Cut off the sewn end of the pillowcase.
Fold pillowcase in half and cut armholes. Cut through all thicknesses, about 4 inches down and 2 inches in.
Fold down the top about 3/8” at the front and the back. Edgestitch to make a casing. Slide 6 inches of 1/4” elastic through to cause it to gather in the front and repeat for the back.
Cut two 38-inch lengths of double-fold bias tape for armfoles. Fold each in half and stitch along armholes, leaving extra at the top to tie dress at the shoulders. Trim is optional.
  • •  Please group small, mediums, large sizes before sending.
  • •  Exact sizing is not necessary.
  • •  Feel free to add pockets or lace.
  • •  All styles and patterns will be appreciated by the little girls.
  • •  Avoid buttons and zippers.
  • •  No need to size boys shorts.
  • •  Any size is welcome.
  • •  Elastic or drawstring waist works well for boys shorts.
  • •  Any pattern or material is acceptable.
    We size them by length from the shoulder to the hem.
  • •  Small = 2, 3, and 4 (16-22 inches long)
  • •  Medium = 5, 6, and 7 (24-28 inches long)
  • •  Large = 8,9, and 10 (30-34 inches long)
  • •  X-Large - size 11 and above (anything over 35 inches long)
Be sure to size your dresses before sending! Please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you’d like to be notified that your dresses are received.
Thank you so much for your help. Feel free to use your own simple pattern. Tax deductible donations for shipping costs are also accepted through this site.

Little Dresses for Africa
24614 Curtis Drive, Brownstown, MI 48134
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like to be notified when they are received.