Please join us in the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham, NC, to sew Pillowcase Dresses for the Philippines. We’re inviting community members to come and sew with us on Saturday, February 8, from 1-4pm, to support the efforts of a friend who is currently working to open an orphanage in in Tacloban City, Leyte, one of the areas of the Philippines hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. We’ll be sewing “pillowcase” sundresses to stock this emerging orphanage with lovingly sewn handmade clothes for little girls.

With hands-on instruction from expert seamstress (and friend to those working on establishing this new facility) Carmen Baugh and pre-cut dress kits, we’ll provide everything you need to create a perfectly finished pillowcase dress for a little girl in the Philippines.

We’ll be using the “sausage roll” technique for creating the perfect edge to a pillowcase with no exposed seams, so you’ll even learn a new versatile sewing skill while constructing these precious dresses.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome to attend, so feel free to bring your kids and your friends! There is plenty of cutting, ironing and pinning to be done in addition to simple sewing, so you can help this effort in any way you like. 

This is a floating event, so please come whenever you can, stay as long as you like, and bring along your sewing machine if you have one. We’ll provide all materials needed to make these dresses, but feel free to bring any fabric you have that would make a cute dress, too! These come together very quickly, so you might have time to whip up several while you’re here– we’d love to send as many dresses as possible!

We can’t wait to see you here to sew for a great cause!

Thanks so much–