By Hadas Kuznits

GLEN MILLS, Pa. (CBS) – Some residents of a Glen Mills (Delaware County) retirement home are using their sewing skills to create dresses out of pillowcases, to be donated to children in need.

Judy Baldwin (at left in photo) is the organizer of the Maris Grove Retirement Home chapter of the group that makes dresses out of pillowcases.

“It’s a nationwide organization, it’s called ‘Little Dresses For Africa,’ and I just heard about it and I decided I thought this was something we could do here at Maris Grove,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

Why pillowcases?

“Because it’s very easy to do,” Baldwin says.  “You use the hem of the pillowcase for the hem of the dress.  You cut out armholes, you cut a little bit off the top of the pillowcase, you use binding to go around the armhole, and it makes little ties on the top — and you’re done!”

She says each dress takes about an hour to sew.  And, Baldwin adds, these days the dresses are not sent only to Africa.

“We just sent dresses to West Virginia — to Appalachia,” she said.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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