Monday, June 15, 2015

A Pillowcase Party!

Sewing pillowcases is ALWAYS a party! 

And when those pillowcases benefit a charity as part of's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, it's even better. 

Last week the lovely ladies of the Miriam Circle at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan transformed some of our favorite prints into 15 pillowcases to donate. 

For some of the group, this was their first experience with rotary cutters and rulers; others already knew how to sew. Regardless, they were all hooked on the simple burrito method of pillowcase making by the end of the evening! 
First, a demonstration of cutting fabric using a rotary cutter and ruler

Getting right to work!

One of the fabric groupings--from the Briarcliff collection.

Pressing the flange
Pinning the "burritos."
(If you aren't familiar with the burrito (or "roll it up" method of making pillowcases, check it out here--it's so quick and easy--just 2 seams!)

Time to stitch!
One seam done--flange and cuff added (with no exposed seams!) All that's left is to press it and sew it into the pillowcase shape.
Pressing the cuff

A finished pillowcase! Ta da!

The pillowcases will be donated to the Gospel Mission, serving the homeless in the Kalamazoo area.
Thank you, ladies, for using our fabric and for helping the Pillowcase Challenge get 15 cases closer to 1 million!

Have you sewn a pillowcase for the Challenge? Let us know!

Find out more about how you can get involved in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge here.
See the fabric lines used in these pillowcases:

1 comment:

  1. Way to go ladies!

    I love making pillowcases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I'm disabled and on a limited income but where there is a will there is a way and anytime I run across 100 % cotton fabric at a really good price I buy what I can. I also have friends that donate fabric when they can and I enter as many fabric contest as I run across to win fabric.

    So far I have donated over 250 to different charities. Last month I took 40 to Children's Mercy South in Overland Park and sent 30 to a women's shelter. They are so much fun to make and so fast and easy that it's kind of like trying to eat just one potato chip. I can't just stop at one pillowcase!.

    I get rewarded by knowing that one of my pillowcases may just be the bright spot of someones day and put a smile on their face.