For National Sewing Month, AllPeopleQuilt.com will be hosting a 24 Hour Million Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon on September 18-19. You are invited to participate either with an organized event or along with some friends or by yourself. For more details see my post, click here.
I believe in supporting our small, independent, local quilt shops. Please check in your area to see if any shops are collecting Pillowcases for Charity.
These are some pillowcases made by the Stitching for Good group that were donated to a hospital supported by a local quilt shop, Capital Quilts.
Formerly known as ConKerr Cancer, Ryan’s Case for Smiles began by making pillowcases for children battling Cancer, but now has expanded their mission. Read more about their mission, how pillowcases help children heal, and where local chapters are available.
Arrow Sewing Cabinets – Make Some Cases, Make Some Smiles – In celebration of National Sewing Month, Arrow Sewing Cabinets is having a contest to have some fun while helping to make some smiles. Pillowcase donations must be received by 9/30/2015 in order to be included in this contest. See their blog for all the details.
If you don’t have any local guilds or shops that are collecting pillowcases for charity and you don’t want to mail them to Arrow Sewing Cabinets, after checking with the organizations first, you could
- contact local hospitals’ children’s wards, children’s dialysis centers,
- family shelters – give a smile to a child that doesn’t have a home of their own.
- Foster Services/Social Services – foster children may be in & out of a number of homes and a pillowcase gives them something that is ‘theirs.’
- fire departments – something for the firemen to give to a child displaced by a fire, &
- police departments – Children involved in domestic violence cases and other situations could use a smile.
Once you have finished making your pillowcases, there are a few things that you should do to prepare them to be donated.
- Wash them in hot water with a gentle detergent (like Ivory or Dreft) and no fabric softeners (to avoid allergies).
- I iron my pillowcases to give them that crisp look, but don’t use any sprays like Mary Ellen’s Best which has fragrance.
- Fold them and store in individual quart-size zip plastic storage bags (to keep them clean).
Finally, if you can’t participate in the 24 hour Sew-A-Thon on September 18-19, pick another day and stitch up some smiles! You might find that you can’t make just one!!