About Ina’s Girls
Ina loved to sew. And she always wanted to sew for a little girl. In her honor, a mission of love was formed: Ina’s Girls.
Ina’s Girls is a project dedicated to lovingly creating “pillowcase” dresses for little girls who need them. This style dress was chosen because those with all levels of sewing experience and expertise can contribute. It was also chosen because it is lightweight and packs easily for distribution abroad.
Centered at Salem United Methodist Church (Ina’s church for 86 years) in Conway, Arkansas, the Ina’s Girls project is open to all who would like to participate.
The goal is to honor Ina Fulmer by sewing dresses for little girls in need. The dresses are being distributed by those who are participating in mission travels.
Ina’s Girls was formed in the summer of 2013. To date (spring 2014), nearly 100 dresses have been sent to little girls in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Peru, and soon, Guatemala! Dresses have been distributed by members of the Missionary Baptist Association of America, the United Methodist Church, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Originally begun as a group which met once a month to sew together, the sewing team members now typically sew at home and bring the dresses to church already completed. The seamstresses range in age from their twenties to their nineties!
Though any simple dress pattern will work, the “pillowcase” dress pattern that is typically used for the dresses is found on this website: http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf.
If you would like to start your own “Ina’s Girls” group, simply gather people together who want to share with those in need through the use of their sewing talents. Share the pattern. Begin sewing! Ask around to find groups who are going on mission trips and share God’s love through this gift of little dresses.