We were bought up to be kind, crafty and never wasteful. Our Mum was always very thrifty and a dab hand with a sewing machine. She was always making our clothes when we were little, and still does for our children now.

When we started the Secret Linen Store, Harriet had this crazy idea about making something great out of our old pillowcases. We loved the idea, but we were so busy getting our bedtime business going, that we didn't find much time to think about it... until now.

We stumbled upon Little Dresses for Africa earlier this year and knew we had to get involved. The charity was a perfect fit for us, making clothes for vulnerable children from the modest pillowcase.

Between the two of us, we're a little rusty on the sewing machine, so we teamed up with the wonderful Clothkits to make our own little dresses. Together we created some beautiful dresses and some easy to follow instructions, so you too can help the Little Dresses charity.

All About Little Dresses for Africa

Founded in 2008, Little Dresses for Africa is a not for profit charity that strives to send beautiful clothes for vulnerable children across Africa.

The charity was founded in the US, but we work with the wonderful Sarah who is the charities UK ambassador. She's lovely and once your little dresses arrive here with us, we send them on to her and she works to make sure they're sent to worthy communities across Africa.

The pillowcase dresses are hugely appreciated by the communities as items of clothing, however the charity works closely with the communities too. All the dresses are delivered to small and remote villages by groups of volunteers. The charity delivers the dresses to the children and spend time with the residents, building relationships to focus on educating about clean water, assisting with primary education and helping to build community.

The little dresses are always delivered to small villages and distributed alongside a local church or orphanage. The charity always ensures that the villages that are receiving dresses do not have easy access to clothing items, therefore do not negatively affect the local economy or compete will a local business.

You can keep updated with where our little dresses are being sent by following the Little Dresses for Africa - UK facebook page.


How To Get Involved

The Little Dresses charity works entirely on donations of homemade dresses.

We send you beautiful new pillowcases, so we want to encourage you to do something really great with your old ones. All you need is a sewing machine and a spare afternoon, the instructions are made to be simple so whether you're a sewing expert or a complete newbie, everyone can get involved.

Find our instructions for how to make your own dress from a pillowcase here.

Want some inspiration? See our gallery with a selection of some of the 2000 dresses we've been sent so far!

Share your own photos with us on social media too, always tagging in #mylittleslsdress.

Happy sewing!