Noa Pogany, 11, who learned how to sew last year, made 100 pillowcases to donate. She and her mother, Allison, delivered the pillowcases to the pediatric intensive care unit of a local hospital. “These pillowcases were going to be the only things to brighten up these kids’ rooms,” Allison says, “and show the kids and their parents that people outside of the hospital were thinking about them.”
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 kids in the intensive care unit 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 689,000 pillowcases to those in need! That’s 689,000 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 third annual 24-hour sewing event for charity! From Friday, September 16 at 3pm to Saturday, September 17 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 24 events in 15 states 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:
- American Patchwork & Quilting
- Celine Perkins
- Coats & Clark
- Fabri-Quilt/Paintbrush Studios
- Handi Quilter
- How To Sew
- Jacquelynne Steves
- Make It Yourself
- Melissa Corry
- Michele Foster
- Moda Fabrics
- Pat Sloan
- Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J
- Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt
- Timeless Treasures
- The Splendid Sampler
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!