Sewing for Haiti workshop at Batavia church March 15

On Thursday, March 15, from 6-9 p.m., members and friends of the Congregational Church of Batavia will once again gather for a workshop to make pillowcase dresses and to recycle T-shirts into shorts for Haitian children. The Workshop will be held in Paxton Hall, the large room on the south end of the church building.

Many dresses assembled the last workshop now await the sewing machine. Seamstresses, bring your machines—and invite your friends who sew! However, even those who don’t sew are important: the process of transforming pillowcases into dresses and T-shirts into shorts takes all kinds of skills. Children are as welcome as adults, and males as well as females. Whatever your skill or interest level, organizer Doris Frame will find a job for you: tracing a pattern, ironing or cutting cloth or elastic or trim, using a sewing machine—or just putting together the various parts into complete dress or shorts “kits” for others to sew.

If you can’t attend but would like to donate, supplies are also welcome: 3/8" elastic, 1" elastic, 1/2" double-fold bias tape (any color), and, of course, pillowcases.

The new creations will be delivered to Haiti by Doris Frame and distributed to boys and girls in Jakmel-area orphanages and in the Bwa Vital tent city later this spring or summer.

All are welcome, but an RSVP is requested, simply to help with the pre-event organization of work stations. To reserve your spot or for more details, email Doris Frame at or call 630-879-1999. As previous workshop participants can attest, you’ll have an evening of fun with the added bonus of knowing you work for a good cause.

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