Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pillowcases for Africa {the details}

How the pillowcase party came together:

Handmade invites.
I found a few ideas on pinterest & made something that worked for me.

LOTS of pins.
There was another full pin cushion & a whole container too.
Good thing I happened to have hundreds of them around...
Why? Jury's still out on that one.

Everyone who attended the party was asked to bring 2 pillowcases & 2 packages of bias tape.

And I supplied anything they might want to use to decorate their pillowcase...rick rack, ribbon, fabric scraps, you get the idea.
Of course I really only had a few packages of rick rack & a couple things of ribbon.
But fabric scraps?
Um. Yeah. Plenty.

Blurry sign for the work station.

Long table for prep work...cutting, pinning, measuring...

and plenty of 1/2 inch elastic.
I went ahead & supplied that too.
Cheap & easier on the girls coming.
I also had an ironing board & 2 irons set up behind that table.
It was needed for ironing down elastic encasings.
Needed another one...

Blurry sign for the sewing machine table.
We had 3. And then Sheri showed up with hers.
Lifesaver. 4 was perfect.
Or maybe 5 would've been better.
Hindsight. It's 20/20...

The directions for making pillowcase dresses.
Straight out of the Craft Hope book.

Friendly sunflowers (or, ahem, weeds....).

And super, enthusiastic friends...

that made this party a lot of fun.
I really appreciated that everyone seemed so happy...

& so willing to slave all night...

to bring little girls some joy. And love.
And the best part??
Drum roll please....

We're doing it again!
We have time for another party before the Africa team heads out, so... plans are underway!
I hope you guys are up for another night of hard work, but all the dresses we'll be able to send will be SO worth it.
Let me know if you're up for it....yay!

1 comment:

The Johnson's said...

Yay!!!:) I'm totally up for it! Let me know if you need any help planning it!:)