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.
That’s where our cause comes in. We started the One Million Pillowcase Challenge in 2010. We’d been teaching quilters techniques and giving patterns through our magazines for years, but knew there was a component we were missing–charity. Quilters and sewers are some of the kindest people we know and we wanted to challenge them to use their talents to help others! Now, because of the generosity of quilters and sewers around the nation, more than 500,000 pillowcases have been created and donated to local charities to give those in need hope, encouragement, or comfort.
Just how much is half a million pillowcases? It takes 625,000 yards of fabric to create 500,000 pillowcases. That’s 5,208 football field lengths of fabric! That much fabric would stretch 355 miles and weigh approximately 104 tons. You could place four pillowcases on every seat in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, (the largest stadium in North America) and still have enough left over to also place one pillowcase on nearly every seat in Soldier Field in Chicago. That’s a lot of pillowcases!
To celebrate reaching this amazing milestone, we hosted a Pinterest voting event, where readers could vote for their favorite of our free pillowcase patterns. The winning pillowcase was a cute one with a train applique. We asked some of our favorite designers and our sponsors to participate in a blog hop featuring this winning pillowcase (or a variation of the shapes). We were lucky enough to have the AccuQuilt die cut in our office, which made quick work of the train shapes, but the free pattern has the pattern pieces included! Our pillowcase, above, uses the Sketch and Flora collections from Timeless Treasures. We love how fresh the lime and pink colors looks together. The elegant floral designs help this train pattern become more sophisticated.
See what our designer friends and sponsors did with this pillowcase pattern:
Thanks to everyone who has donated over the years and our wonderful sponsors for helping us spread the word about this cause. And we can’t forget to thank the quilt shops across the nation that have collected pillowcases in the community and held pillowcase-making events in their stores. No matter how big or small your donation is it really does make a huge difference in another person’s life!
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