Monday, September 8, 2014

27 Pillowcases closer to One Million

I'm in charge of a monthly Women's group (Relief Society) activity at our local LDS Church. We have scads of fabric in our closet that people have donated for quilts and such. When I heard about the American Patchwork and Quilting's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge I knew just what we'd do with  all that fabric. Make pillowcases of course! They are a little quicker to sew than quilts and just as useful. We used a simple free Roll-it-up method pattern from the APQ website. There are lots of fancier patterns to choose from too. This one has french seams on the sides and bottom so there are no raw edges.

I wish I had taken pictures of the ladies in action but we sewed up a whopping 27 pillowcases. Now each pillowcase takes 1 yard of fabric to make so that is 27 yards of fabric sitting there folks.

 We chose to donate them to two local women and children's centers. They were so happy to receive them. It was so fun to see the look of surprise on their faces when I handed them a stack of new freshly washed pillowcases that they could distribute to those in need. It makes me want to make more things to donate. We actually have about 4 quilt tops in our closet that are waiting to be put together so that is next on the list.

If you want to learn more about the One Million Pillowcase challenge go HERE. When I uploaded our contribution to the tally they were around 500 K. They are actually hosting a 24 hour sewathon coming up on September 19. You can look in your area to see if you live near a quilt shop who is hosting one or just sew along at home. If you need fabric, consider checking at your local Goodwill or thrift store, You would be amazed at how much fabric they have there for cheap. 
Get Sewing!

1 comment:

  1. What a worthy project to work on! They look like a lot of fun.