Published on September 5th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Join the Homemade Dress Drive for Haitian Girls

sundresses sewn for Haitian girls

Wouldn’t it be nice to sew just one last sundress, here at the tail-end of summer?

How about just a couple more?

How about 30 more? Thirty dresses is the goal of the Homemade Dress Drive for Haiti going on right now over at Art Projects for Kids, where Project HOPE Art is looking to collect a homemade dress for every single child in one orphanage in Port Au Prince.

Since it’s always warm (to put it mildly) in Haiti, sundresses are the preferred style. And to make the project even simpler, Oliver + S has given permission for the group to use their free downloadable sundress pattern. The pattern prints on ordinary computer paper in your home printer, and any of the sizes in the pattern are appropriate to sew for the orphanage.

If you’re not done sewing when you’ve made a sundress, the little girls would also like some underwear.

sewing sundresses for Haitian girlsI don’t always have extra money for all the charitable donations that I’d like to give, but I do like to craft for charity. Whether you crochet tiny hats for for NICU babies or, like my girls and I, spend a couple of homeschool days sewing a thrifted sheet into sundresses in exactly their sizes for little girls in Haiti, or do something even more amazing on your own, crafting for a charitable cause is a helpful, hopeful activity to do.

To sew a dress for a little Haitian girl, please check out the Homemade Dress Drive for Haiti.


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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Join the Homemade Dress Drive for Haitian Girls

  1. Bean William says:

    That is so wonderful to share with everybody including Haitian girl. I really agree with this program and hope it could continue for next years.

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