If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a small impact in this world, I suggest sewing a simple dress for a child in Africa. Nancy’s Notions has paired with Little Dresses for Africa to bring dresses to girls in remote villiages of Africa. They also send shorts for little boys, but the pattern isn’t for beginning sewers, unlike the basic pillowcase dress.
Go here to download the free dress pattern. The organization’s website has instructions and a video tutorial for those of you who are visual learners like myself. You’ll need anywhere from 5/8 to 1 1/8 yards, depending on what size you’d like to create. You can also use a new or gently used pillowcase to create the dress.
I’m in the process of putting together an afternoon of sewing these dresses with my church, Tapestry. I’ll post more information about that when we figure out the details.