Saturday, February 18, 2012

ConKerr Cancer

Here is a super easy way to give back with crafting. ConKerr Cancer is an organization that collects bright, cheery, handmade pillowcases to children's hospitals. What a great way to brighten up a hospital room! I figured this would be a pretty easy cause to donate to as I have quite a bit of scrap fabric laying around. And since finding out about ConKerr Cancer, I've been making sure to stop at the bargain bin whenever I go to the fabric store to see what I might be able to use. ConKerr Cancer's website has a tutorial on how to make pillowcases, but it doesn't have pictures. I love picture tutorials so I decided to make one myself.

You will need:
3/4 yard of fabric for the pillowcase
1/3 yard of fabric for the border

Cut the body of the case 26 1/2" by 40 1/2" and the border 10 1/2" by 40 1/2".  

Fold the border in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Place the right side of the border to the right side of the pillowcase. Pin it together and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Pin right sides of the pillowcase together and sew along the side and bottom with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Finish the seams so they don't fray. Flip it right side out and press.

Sunshiney goodness!!

** Please wash the fabric for the protection of the children with suppressed immunity. Please check with your local chapter for specific hospital washing instructions. In addition place each pillowcase in a ziplock bag. Pillowcases must be dropped off at a drop off site or mailed to the coordinator. Do not deliver directly to the hospitals. 

You can find your region's pillowcase drop off locations here. If you decide to make a pillowcase for ConKerr Cancer, please make a tutorial and leave me a comment! The more people who are making pillowcases and getting the word out there, the better! 

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  1. That certainly is bright and cheerful! I'm still learning how to sew, but I think this cause is certainly worth the extra effort. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Shirley said:
    You must have a big heart! This is great idea. Thanks for posting.