Half Million Pillowcase Celebration
To celebrate reaching 500,000 pillowcases donated to our One Million Pillowcase Challenge, we had some of our favorite designer friends make one of our free pillowcase patterns. See what they came up with and visit their blogs to hear more about their pillowcases.
American Patchwork & Quilting's Pillowcase
American Patchwork & Quilting staff says: "It’s no surprise that we LOVE pillowcases in the office! Not only are they such a fun way to play with fabric and color, but they are so quick to whip up! We think every head needs a creative and beautiful pillowcase to sleep on."
Fabrics are from the Sketch and Flora collections from Timeless Treasures.
Amy Barickman's Pillowcase
Designer: Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
Amy says: "We thought the classic print of the bandana was perfect for the train design, since no conductor would be caught not wearing his bandana on the job!"
Fabrics are from the SoHo Bandana collection by Amy Barickman for Red Rooster Fabrics.
Andover Fabrics' Pillowcase
Designer: Nancy Vasilchik
Andover says: "We will be donating this pillow to Amazing Grace Pillowcase, a charity that donates to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, homeless shelters, and nursing homes in Jefferson County, Ohio."
Fabrics are from the Season's Best Fall and Winter collections by Kim Schaefer, the Textured Solids collection, and the Dimples collection by Gail Kessler all for Andover Fabrics.
Benartex says: "The three middle train car appliques are open at the top, creating pockets for holiday treats (like candy canes!). This concept could also work to make a single pocket on a pillowcase for the tooth fairy to retrieve lost teeth and leave a surprise in return."
Betsy Chutchian's Pillowcase
Betsy says: "Why a Halloween theme? Smiles. Halloween makes me smile. We all need memories of happy times that are triggered by something, whether a smell, or a fabric, or a project, or a photo, whatever. Whatever the trigger may be, suddenly without thinking you will find yourself smiling."
Fabrics are from tthe Wrappers collection by Betsy Chutchian for Blue Hill Fabrics, the Bella Solid collection from Moda Fabrics, and The Boo Crew and Lucy's Crab Shack collections by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.
Coats & Clark's and FreeSpirit's Pillowcase
Coats & Clark says: "Did you know you could use multi color threads for applique? We love the cute pattern the thread creates around the train cars."
FreeSpirit says: "Of course our interpretation is more than a pillow case with a number, but a pillow case with a message. The train will keep chugging along to reach 1 Million Pillowcases . . . 1 million smiles, 1 million bits of love, 1 million stitched of your hands and from your hearts!"
Fabrics are from the Beechwood Park collection by Jenean Morrison, the Shelbourne Falls collection by Denyse Schmidt, the World Tour collection by Parson Gray, the Notting Hill collection by Joel Dewberry, and Designer Essential Solids all from FreeSpirit Fabric.
Thread is Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP General Purpose Multi colors: 9325 Bowl of Cherries and 9343 Blue Clouds for Applique, Solids: 4310 Icy Blue, 5280 Parrot Blue.
Crazy Old Ladies' Pillowcase
Designer: Emily Herrick from Crazy Old Ladies
Emily says: "I shrunk the pattern down to 75%. I wanted it a little bit smaller so that it would all fit into the cuff and not get lost in the main print. Since I was using these bright, fun fabrics I wanted the cuff to be white so you could see each fabric."
Fabric is from the Technicolor collection by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics.
Handi Quilter's Pillowcase
Handi Quilter says: "We stitched the green hill fabric onto the yellow pillowcase fabric. Then HQ studio educator Cheryl Duncan created the wording with her embroidery machine and she stitched out, 'I think I can, I think I can,' as if it is the smoke coming out of the train’s smoke stack. Love it!"
Fabrics are from the Crazy for Dots and Stripes and the Pin Dots collections for RJR Fabrics.
How to Sew's Pillowcase
How To Sew says: "We used the train pillowcase pattern. It may look complicated, but don't worry! It only takes three stitches, a little creative cutting, and an iron."
Fabrics are from the Barcelona collection by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic by Moda Fabrics.
Jeni Baker's Pillowcase
Jeni Baker of In Color Order says: "I decided to use only one of the applique pieces included in the pattern, a square piece."
Julie Herman's Pillowcase
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts says: "I learned about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge when it started, but it really had an impact on me when my nephew Elijah was in the hospital. It was very difficult for him to be away from all the simple things at home he loved. His clothes, his bed, and his pillows."
Fabrics are from the Pure Organic Solids collection and the Ready, Set, Go! collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.
Michael Miller Fabrics' Pillowcase
Michael Miller says: "Michael Miller Fabrics is a proud sponsor of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge and we are also participants!"
Fabrics are from the Cotton Couture collection and the Norwegian Woods Too collection from Michael Miller Fabrics.
Read more in their blog here.
Get free pillowcase patterns here.
Donate a pillowcase here.
Moda Bake Shop's Pillowcase
Designer: Angela Yosten
Angela says: "I chose to blow the train template up 200% so the Flats dolls could ride in one of the cars of the train."
Fabrics are from the Flats collection by Angela Yosten for Moda Fabrics.
Moda Fabrics' Pillowcase
Designer: Lissa Alexander
Lissa says: "I have taken the liberty to give this pattern a new name, the little engine that could. That's perfect, right? APQ's little engine has made it up the hill to the half million mark. Now is the time for everyone to throw some coal in the engine and help."
Fabrics are from the Little Things Organic collection by Arrin Turnmire for Moda Fabrics.
Designer: Patti Carey
Patti says: "These shelters provide a critical step in stopping the cycle and getting these moms and kids back on track. I clicked on the website’s wish list, and saw that school supplies top the list of items urgently needed, so I will pick some up and include them with the pillowcase when I drop it off. It will help lessen the burden of a struggling mom, and the pillowcase will hopefully be a constant reminder to a child that someone cares enough to make him or her something special."
Fabrics are from the Noah's Jungle collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.
Pat Sloan's Pillowcase
Pat says: "The POWER of fussy cutting...don't these look like PERFECT train wheels?"
Fabrics are from the Sherbet Pips collection by Aneela Hoey, Hometown collection by Sweetwater, and Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan all for Moda Fabrics.
Patty Young's Pillowcase
Patty Young of ModKid Boutique says: "We had such a great time sewing up this sweet pillowcase and knowing that it will go to a great cause!"
Fabrics are from the Just My Type collection by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.
Roseann Kermes' Pillowcase
Roseann of Rosebud's Cottage says: "I carefully cut out a little elf from the selvage and hid him in the window. And I made packages from scraps and added itty bitty rickrack for embellishments. It was hard to stop adding lots of extra details!"
Fabrics are from the Elf on a Shelf collection by Quilting Treasures.
Shannon Fabrics' Pillowcase
Shannon Fabrics says: "We will be donating our pillowcase to a local charity for children in Utah. Won’t you help by making and donating some pillowcases?"
Fabrics are from the Chevrons and ZigZags collection and the Kozy Cuddle Solids collection by Shannon Fabrics.
Swirly Girls Design's Pillowcase
Swirly Girls say: "It’s wonderful to see the way our quilting and sewing community comes together. We hope that our new pillowcase puts a smile on a child’s face and brightens their day a bit."
Fabrics are from Delightful collection by Swirly Girls for Michael Miller Fabrics.
Terry Atkinson's Pillowcase
Terry Atkinson says: "My train was inspired by my fabric. I used the engine and caboose from the Train Pillowcase pattern, and added some alphabet train cars in between."
Fabrics are from the Summersville collection by Lucie Summers for Moda Fabrics.
Designer: Jennifer Heynen
Thermoweb says: " I increased the size of the band by 3 inches to fit all of the applique on."
Fabrics are from the Jolly Holiday collection by Jennifer Heynen for In the Beginning Fabrics.