Little Dresses for Africa

white pillowcase dress

In September of 2012, Bethel began sewing little pillowcase dresses for the organization, Little Dresses for Africa. To date, we have sent over 400 dresses to children in diverse places all over the world from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Uganda and places in-between. What do the children in these places have in common? The same as children everywhere: the need to experience modesty, pride of ownership, and the joy of knowing that someone cares.

Bethel mission team delivers pillowcase dresses to ReMember at Pine Ridge, SD



If you would like to learn to make a pillowcase
dress or t-shirt shorts, there will be a
Little Dresses Workshop at the church on


Pastor Bucholtz with Oglala Lakota girls at Pine   Ridge, SD

Pastor Bucholtz with Oglala Lakota girls at Pine Ridge, SD

Bring a sewing machine if you can. All
materials and step-by-step instructions will be
provided for you. A light lunch will be provided as well.



Little Dresses for Africa
This link is for the parent organization that handles the shipping of the dresses we sew to girls all over the world. Our mission team donates $2 per dress for shipping and handling. The motto for the Little Dresses for Africa is “Changing lives one little dress at a time.”


Dress Pattern and Sewing Handbook

This link is for a sewing handbook produced by another organization that sends pillowcase dresses throughout the world. Their motto is, “Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one dress.”

Shorts Patterns (link coming soon)

Little girls are not the only ones who benefit from having clothes that are sturdy, attractive, and allow modesty and school attendance. Follow this link to find two patterns for boys’ shorts developed by Bethel member, Patty Lambarth. One of the pattern uses a t-shirt; the other can be made from any material, including a pillowcase.

Bethel United Church of Christ
10425 Bethel Church Road
Manchester, MI 48158
(734) 429-8530