A few years ago, Michelle Kim, a nurse at the University of California Davis Medical Center, learned how to make pillowcases. She’s made enough now that every child coming to the hospital for surgery gets one. Medical professionals and patients’ parents agree: The pillowcases lessen anxiety, provide comfort, and make the kids feel special. To date, Michelle has donated 2,476 pillowcases. She keeps track, she says, so she can “see how many kids have been blessed in a small way on a day that can be full of fears.
To most of us a pillowcase may not be a big deal. It’s something we barely notice as we lay down to sleep each night. But for some (such as the patients Michelle treats in the story above), they can be a great source of comfort and joy during a time of stress and uncertainty. Whether it’s a piece of home in a sterile hospital room, a little return to normalcy for those in homeless shelters or women’s shelters, or just a reminder that someone else in the world cares, a pillowcase can make a huge difference in your community.
We started our One Million Pillowcase Challenge in 2010, and in just a few years quilters and sewers all over the world have donated more than 560,000 pillowcases to those in need! That’s 560,000 smiles and sighs of relief! We’ve heard countless stories of how this Challenge has changed lives in communities across the country, as well as given many quilters a community to share a great cause with.
With the holidays coming, we wanted to challenge our community even more! We’re hosting our first 24-hour sewing event for charity! From Friday, September 19 at 3pm to Saturday, September 20 at 3pm, we’re hosting the One Million Pillowcase 24-Hour Sewathon. We have an event planned at our offices in Des Moines, Iowa. But there are 44 events in 29 states and 2 countries already scheduled! Encourage your local quilt shop to host an event or find a shop in your area here. Many people are hosting their own private events with family and friends, too! Invite your sewing buddies over for some snacks and a few hours of sewing!
Want to stay up sewing all night with American Patchwork & Quilting? Mark this date on your calendar and follow us on Facebook! We’ll be posting pictures, videos, pillowcase count updates, and have fun giveaways from our sponsors! Post photos of your own events or pillowcases you’ve made to our Facebook page or hashtag them with #APQSewathon on Instagram and Twitter!
To celebrate this fun event, we’re hosting a blog hop! See pillowcases made by our our designer friends and sponsors:
- Alison Glass
- American Patchwork & Quilting
- Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
- The Benartex Design Team: Sew in Love with Fabric
- Debby Kratovil
- Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
- Heidi Pridemore
- How To Sew
- Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom
- Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts
- Karrie Winters of Freckled Whimsy
- Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle
- Linda Carlson
- Lori Mason
- Modern Quilt Studio
- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
- Northcott: Patti’s Patchwork
- Shannon Fabrics: My Cuddle Corner
- Tammy Silvers
- Timeless Treasures: Sew Timeless
- Valori Wells
- Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
- Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring
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!