I use a sewing machine to make the dresses, but if you do not have a sewing machine, or don't feel comfortable using one, HERE is a wonderful sequence of short videos that will teach you basic hand sewing techniques. These little dresses are a wonderful thing to take along in a work basket wherever you go, so that if you have to sit and wait somewhere, you can take out your project and stitch! That is also an excellent way to spread the word to others about this project that blesses the lives of little girls.
1. Gather your materials. For this size 3 dress, you will need
1 piece of cotton or cotton/blend fabric that is 22 inches long by 42 inches wide
Another piece of fabric, either matching or contrasting, 5 inches by 10 inches
2 pieces of 1/4 inch elastic, 6 inches long each
2 yards of double fold bias tape (you can purchase this, OR, make you own if you really get into this
and want to save money. Here is a good video on just how to do that.)
Thread and if you are stitching by hand, you will also need a hand sewing needle and a thimble
1 small safety pin
Clothes iron and ironing surface
10. Place the pattern on the two sides that are together, pin it in place.
11. And then cut along the edge of the pattern.
14. Insert the pin with elastic into the end of the little tube you just sewed.
15. Thread the elastic on into the tube, carefully, until only the bare end of the other end of the elastic is showing.
16. Pin the elastic in place at the end.
17. Continue pushing the elastic through, using the safety pin, until it goes all the way to the other end.
18. Carefully remove the safety pin and pin the end of the elastic in place.
19. Sew back and forth twice over both ends of the elastic to secure it in place.
NOW, package up all the dresses you make in plastic food bags, marked with the sizes. Send them to:
Little Dresses for Africa, c/o Nancy’s Notions
333 Beichl Avenue
Beaver Dam, WI 53916-0683
This post is linked to The Creative Homemaker Hop!