Pillow magic

This is what you can do with a pillowcase: (From left to right) Smithton Guides Francesca Backhouse, 11, Olivia Gunningham, 8 and Maddison Charles 9.

Fun. Smithton Guides are helping girls around the world, one pillowcase at a time.

Through international guides initiative Ready For Action, the local girls have the opportunity to support humanitarian projects across the globe.

Units can help by fundraising or sending goods, all in the hope of making the world a better place.

To lend a hand, the Smithton girls first thought they would knit teddy bears, but found the knitting caper to be harder than it looks.

They were not deterred however, and chose the second option: to take a pillowcase and turn it into a dress.

With the help of a pattern, the girls cut a strip off the closed end of the pillowcase, cut armholes and hemmed and gathered the top with elastic.

Unit leader Rosie Waite helped to sew ribbon around the armholes so that the ends could be extended to make shoulder straps.

Finally, the dresses were adorned with flower shapes and buttons used as flower centres.

Most of the finished garments will be sent to less fortunate girls across the globe, through ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ charity, while others will be popped into shoeboxes – all for a good cause.

The unit is now working to put together three shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse, with the Christmas ‘hamper’ including clothing, teddybears knitted by family members of the guides, and handmade hair-clips and games.

Girls Guides meet on Tuesdays (4.30-6pm) during school terms at the Guide Hall, off the swimming pool car park.

To join in the fun or for more information, phone Smithton Guides unit leader Kate Wainwright on 0428 834 482.

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