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« on: November 22, 2015 10:41:03 AM »

These pillowcases are for Ryan's Case for Smiles. I first heard about this organization when it was called ConKerr Cancer. They collect and donate pillowcases for kids in the hospital so they can have something to brighten their day. I'll be dropping off 9 pillowcases at a nearby quilt shop that acts as a donation center, and they'll deliver them to local hospitals (most likely in Boston). When I bought the fabrics a few years ago, I specifically tried not to get patterns that were too babyish. They need cases for older kids, too, so I tried to pick fabrics that would appeal to tweens and up.

There is a pattern on the website that uses something called the "hot dog method" which encases the seam for the accent strip.



Then, I used French seams to encase the side seams.



And, after a few years in the to-do pile, I finally have a stack of 9 completed pillowcases!



I washed them all in dye/perfume free detergent, and I just need to bag each one up and send them on the way.

Each pillowcase uses a yard of fabric (1/4 yard for the edge piece and 3/4 yard for the body), but you can also add in an extra little accent strip of fabric between those pieces. Next time, I might do that. It's definitely a good way for me to satisfy my "must buy this fun fabric" urge and put it to good use!
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015 12:46:11 PM »

Excellent use of our fabric stashes!  I love that hot dog method...it makes it fun and easy to make these.

Love the fabric combinations you did...yes, they are good for tweens and older! 

I hope that some of the recipients get a chance to take them home... Sad
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015 02:59:39 PM »

Excellent use of our fabric stashes!  I love that hot dog method...it makes it fun and easy to make these.

I actually bought a huge amount of fabric to make the pillowcases, but made sure to buy extra so I could add it to my stash Smiley I did end up using some of it to make my Bionic Gear Bag, though, so it's a win-win!

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Love the fabric combinations you did...yes, they are good for tweens and older!

Thank you! I had a lot of fun picking the fabrics out, and one of those cases is going to be hard to give away, but knowing where it's going makes it easier. I read that they needed cases for older kids, so I tried to make sure that I used that as my focus.

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I hope that some of the recipients get a chance to take them home... Sad

Me too! It is sad to think that some of them won't, but if it helps to make them happier in the meantime, then it's a good thing Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015 10:03:23 PM »

Thank you for sharing this. What a great way to stash bust for a wonderful cause. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015 03:17:16 PM »

Definitely a good stashbuster, especially for the border piece. I'm trying not to have to shop for fabric tomorrow, but if I do, I might get some fabric to make one more. That way I'll have a nice pile of 10 to donate Smiley
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