Group to sew dresses for Appalachian girls

North Volney United Methodist Church has set the date of Aug. 15 for the sewing bee to make pillowcase dresses.

Sewing will commence at 6 p.m. at the church, county Routes 4 and 6.  The finished dresses will be sent to Hope 4 Women International, based in Tempe, Ariz. From there, the dresses will be sent to Appalachia, where there is a large number of people on limited incomes.

If you are not familiar with this project, you take an ordinary pillowcase and follow the pattern to turn it into a dress. Depending on the size of the pillowcase, you can make a dress to fit a toddler or an older child. For even teenage girls, it can be used as a top to go with pants or shorts.

Everyone who plans to sew must bring his or her own sewing machine. If you have pillowcases, either new or gently used, you can donate them. Once the dress is made and given, it may be the only dress that girl a has, so it needs to last for a while. Leftover fabric can be used ,as it only takes a yard or two to make a garment.

The Rev. Tammie Nipper has promised pizza for all in attendance. If you would like more information or want to donate pillowcases to this project, contact Beverly at 593-6825 or Rosalie at 598-3906.

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