Dresses for Haiti

Emily and I with the help of a few Goodwill donations of  pillow cases (thanks Nickie) We made 9 little dresses to send to haiti.
I was able to get two 6-9 mo sizes out of one pillow cases. So stinkin' cute!
I was running out of bias tape, so I just put the tape on the arm holes and used ribbon on top of the bias and cut it long enough for the ties. The green and blue are 12 mo size.
These three Emily made. 18 mo size. Nickie donated these pillow cases.... they were like new. - thanks :)
These are the last of the nine and will fit size 2T. I thought the pillow cases were boy pillow cases and was almost didn't buy them. But after finding some trims at home that matched, they made up into great little girl dresses.
Here are the directions:
1 clean and pressed pillow case.
2 yards wide bias tape.
12"-14" of 1/2" wide elastic

Cut measuring from the cuff of the pillow case up to obtain size needed.
6-9 mo: 14", 12 mo: 15.5", 18 mo: 17.5", 2T:19.5", 3T: 21", 4T 22": 5/6: 24", 7/8" 26"

The opening end of the pillowcase will be the hem of the dress, add 1" for the casing at the top. For the arm holes cut a "J" edge, along the side seams that is about 3" deep and about 3" wide. Iron down the casing at the neck 1/4" and then 3/4" fold. Sew the casing edge as close as possible. Cut the elastic into 2 pieces 6"-7" long, one for front, one for back of dress. Attach a safety pen to either end of the elastic and feed into casing. Pen ends and sew to secure.  Cut the bias tape into 2 lengths of 1 yard each. Pin the center of the bias tape over the raw arm hold center edge and them up each side. Sew in place and sew the length of bias to close the ends. Turn in the ends and sew. Add ribbons, bows, lace, rick rack as you wish. I just used up some left over trims I had on hand.

Quick and easy project for a very good cause. If you would like to make some or donate supplies to make them, contact me email and I can let you know where to mail your donations to. 

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