This month’s Sew to Serve feature focuses on helping people in your own community through the American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.
With such a fun variety of fine cotton fabric prints available in stores these days, it’s very easy to make a simple pillowcase as a donation for anyone in need, young or old. Many organizations accept pillowcase donations in local communities, and the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is inspiring sewers and crafters to help reach a goal of donating one million pillowcases in neighborhoods across the USA. Since the launch of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge in 2010, over 941,000 pillowcases have been created and donated through the challenge!
This is a great opportunity for using your sewing skills to help others right in your own hometown, city, or state while helping the APQS 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge reach their goal! You can search the official website to find a participating shop near you to hand in your completed pillowcase donations, or donate your pillowcases locally to an organization near you.
Join us in our mission to Sew to Serve the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge and share your efforts with us!
- We invite you to share what you are making to Sew to Serve others! Share what you’re making on your social media, and be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #weallsewtoserve.
- Let the APQS 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge see what you’re creating to support the challenge by tagging @allpeoplequilt and #1millionpillowcasechallenge on Instagram, and tagging the official APQS 1 Million Pillowcase sewathon page at Facebook, @sewathon.
- Share your Sew to Serve story at our WeAllSew Community section by uploading a few pictures to the “Sew to Serve” section in the drop down menu, and add your story about how you are volunteer your sewing talents to help the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge
How to Make a Pillowcase
Learn how to make a pillowcase in support of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge with these tutorials from WeAllSew.
This simple pillowcase uses a speedy method of construction that can be finished in less than a half hour. Learn how to create a Speedy Pillowcase with this tutorial.
Learn how to make beautiful, decorative finished pillow cases with flare with the Decorative Pillow Cases tutorial here.
Create an elegant pillow by adding decorative stitching to the edge. Find out how to use the BERNINA Spanish hemstitch attachment to create these pillowcases here.
Make a plain pillowcase into something special with the addition of machine embroidery. Learn how to create the “Sweet Dreams” pillowcase along with this free embroidery design with the Embroidering a Pillowcase tutorial here.
To find even more pillowcase tutorials, tips, and patterns visit the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge website and check out the Free Patterns section!
We also invite you to share with us any organizations or volunteer opportunities that need help from the sewing community to accomplish their mission, or stories about any individuals who are going above and beyond to Sew to Serve others. Please leave a comment here if you’d like to inform us about a worthy Sew to Serve opportunity to share with the WeAllSew community!