Love and stitches - Catholic Courier

Love and stitches

I have a passing acquaintance with my sewing machine.

I pass it, and it reminds me we haven’t been acquainted in a while.

But recently I hauled it out of its spot of neglect, wiped away some of the dust and mending detritus, and took it on the road.

A good friend had invited me to a Dress a Girl Around the World sewing party at a local church. During the three-hour sewing session, my friend and I plodded our way through our simple fabric dresses that will be given to girls in developing countries. Once finished, each dress is equipped with a fabric doll or Beanie Baby and a Dress A Girl label sewn prominently on the outside to tell both the girl and would-be human traffickers that she is being cared for by someone.

Locally, the effort is being led by Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha parishioner Mary Jo Culligan, who runs the charity Angels of Mercy, which in the past two years has produced more than 33,000 dresses. The clothes are given to missionaries who pick out items for each recipient.

For our dressmaking stint, I brought my almost-4-year-old along with me. After the allure of an iPod wore off, he kept his crafty companions in stitches as they showed him how to make a fabric doll.

I wasn’t sure how much he understood about the operation until a couple days later when he asked me, "Mom, where’s the doll?"

"What doll?"

"The doll I made for the girl who doesn’t have one."

"It’s upstairs with the dress I have to finish."


He spurred my conscience to finish what I had started. He also reminded me of the power of a simple dress to tell a girl that she is loved by me, by him and by Christ.

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