Pillowcase Dress Ministry

We have begun a new ministry at my church that I am so excited about! We are making dresses for needy little girls out of used or new pillowcases. I need help!! I am looking for volunteers to sew and also for donations of slightly used or new pillowcases, double fold bias tape, and 1/2″ elastic. My goal is to have over 1,000 dresses done and ready to ship out by Thanksgiving. The dresses will be going to needy little girls around the world. They are fun and easy to make – can be done in 20 minutes each!  I have packets made up with all the supplies needed to make a dress packaged together along with instructions.  All is cut and ready to assemble!  Packets can be picked up either at my shop or at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, Randall & Red Gate, St. Charles.  I am eternally grateful for all the help and support received for this project.  All completed dresses need to be in to me by November 13.  Watch for upcoming sewing marathon!  We will be doing a last minute push to get as many dresses completed as possible.  We will need non sewers as well as sewers to meet for a few hours to do a production line of dresses.  Date, time, and more information will be posted later.

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  1. If you need help next year with the dresses please contact me. P.S. Great job!!

    • Thank you Kelly! Actually, it turns out some of us are going to continue to make them all year long. We had such an overwhelming response….it has been very exciting! Someone has volunteered a warehouse to store made dresses and supplies in until we find a way of getting them somewhere. Also have a few missionaries who regularly go to Haiti who have volunteered to put them in suitcase so there won’t be red tape or shipping cost. Any that we don’t find homes for during the year will just give us a head start on the shoe box ministry for next year. Where are you located?

      Bless you!
      Ruthie

    • Kelly,
      Thank you for your willingness to help. Actually, my website needs updating dramatically! We are making the dresses all year. Currently up to 890! Thus far, 95 have gone to Haiti, 523 to India, and 10 to Africa. Over 200 are in storage waiting for someone to call me to ask if they cann have some to take somewhere. Supplies and people willing to sew continually pour in. This is so exciting to be a part of.
      Love,
      Ruthie Ratke
      630-234-4794

  2. How do I help out? Where can I get the pattern? =)


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