Little Dresses for Africa
Since 2008, Nancy's Notions has received over 163,571 donated dresses from sewing friends all over the world. Volunteers from St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam carefully sort the dresses by size and package them. Then, they're shipped to the Little Dresses for Africa organization in Michigan. You, too, can help change the lives of these bright-hearted children, with a simple project that whips up in an afternoon.
Use your own fabric to make the dresses. There are now two Free patterns. The original pattern had bias ties. Download original pattern
. Lillian's Little Dress Pattern is new. Download Lillian's Little Dress Pattern
. You're welcome to add personal touches, such as pockets, rickrack trims, etc., to both styles of dresses.Shop cotton novelty fabricsShop trims
Two kits are available to purchase.Three Little Dresses for Africa Kit
Make three of the original designed dresses with ties. Kit includes instructions with pattern pieces for armholes, over 3 yards of fabric to make 3 dresses in any size (prints and colors vary), plus coordinating bias tape.Lillian Little Dresses for Africa Kit
Make three of Lillian's dresses with sleeves, an elastic neckline, and ruffled hem. Kit includes instructions, over 3 yards of fabric to make 3 dresses (prints and colors vary), double fold bias tape, and braid elastic.