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I Got a Little Carried Away

I Got a Little Carried Away

A couple of week’s ago after reading Thread Riding Hood’s post about sewing pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, I had only intended to make two pillowcases to donate as an Act of Gratitude for a close family member being declared one year cancer free.   But they are so quick and easy to make that I got a little carried away making them.

When I started cutting this fun bug fabric, I realized that I had enough of it to make two pillowcases.

Cute bug fabric

So I searched through my fabric dresser to find coordinating fabric for the pillowcase bands.

2 Cute bug pillowcases for Case for Smiles

While I was searching, I came across some fun Mardi Gras fabric that was leftover from making this travel set for our middle daughter for Christmas 2011.  I figured there was no sense in it just sitting in the dresser when it could bring a smile to a child in hospital for treatment… so out it came.

There was enough of it plus the matching fabric I’d used to line her travel set to sew three pillowcases.

3 Mardi Gras pillowcases for Case for Smiles

Here’s a close up of the Mardi Gras fabric:

Mardi Gras fabric

These five plus the one I made that started this whole fun couple of weeks of sewing pillowcases are now ready to be dropped off.

Pillowcases for Case for Smiles

Did I say that I kind of got carried away?  The three pillowcases pictured below only need to have the final princess seam sewn and they’ll be ready to donate as well.

Three more pillowcases for Case for Smiles

And I’m not done yet.  Not only are they a quick, satisfying make but they are also proving to be a great stash buster.

Each case takes 26 1/2″ WOF for the body and 10 1/2″ WOF for the band.  If you’ve got an hour or two and some yardage to spare, I’d encourage you to make a pillowcase or two or three or four!

It’s fun and you’ll feel great knowing you’ll brighten the life of a child.



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  • Sheryl
    October 14, 2015 7:08 am

    These are lovely Susan, you make me realise that I should make a couple of pillowcases with the stash I have and am trying to use up this year.

  • Mary Anne
    October 10, 2015 6:21 pm

    This is a good sort of carried away – it’s a win/win if you can combine stash busting with doing good. Blessings on you!

  • Rachel
    October 10, 2015 7:09 am

    Goodness, you really did get carried away! I’m sure there will be several happy kids examining their pillowcases…

  • Maria
    October 9, 2015 7:45 pm

    WOW sew many lovely pillowcases for the kids… I am sure you will put smiles on their faces….

  • Mary
    October 9, 2015 6:21 pm

    Those look so pretty. It’s great to get carried away.

  • Linda
    October 9, 2015 4:44 pm

    I need to make these pillowcases too – some for me and some to donate again. I learned with a 4-H sewing project I lead a few years ago. We had the members make and donate pillowcases to a mission trip. After that we made pillowcases to be donated to Conquer Cancer. They are easy and fun – even for 10 year olds!

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