Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child? It is a great organization that provides shoe boxes full of toys and small items of need to under privileged children all over the world. I'm on the committee at my church and we wanted to extend this opportunity beyond Christmas time.
So we came up with Christmas in July and a Sew Day!
Our campaign was to make dresses out of pillowcases to be ready to put into shoeboxes in November. We asked for pillowcase donations and supplies needed to make the simple dresses.
Last Wednesday was our Sew Day! Being the only sewist on the committee, I was in charge of demos and teaching how to make the dresses. There were refreshments...thankfully I was not in charge of that...my friend is much better qualified for presenting a beautiful table. We were ready but had no idea how much interest there was or how many would attend...it was an open house...come when you can and stay as long as you can.
Here are some pictures of our event.
About 50 women attended the event...a bit overwhelmed at how many ladies wanted to learn how to make the dresses and support OCC (Operation Christmas Child). We had women of all ages...mothers and daughters, aunts, friends...sewist and non~sewist...it was amazing!
We completed about 50 dresses! Each one as cute as the next!
The women that didn't sew but wanted to help, made labels to be attached to each dress. The excitement was infectious!
Can you see some of the dresses hanging from the blinds? Aren't they just adorable? The picture with the ladies in front of the dresses are the committee.
As in all 1st time events, we learned a lot! Our next Sew Day will be in October and although this was a fabulous, FUN event...we will be even better prepared. What a blessing!