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Calling Etsy Crafters to the Pillowcase Challenge

Jul 23, 2010

by Vanessa Bertozzi

Sarah Ely is 20 years old, loves horses, arcade games and rap music, and lives in Cleveland with her mom and dad. She recently learned how to sew. Her mother, Joyce, decided to start her off on a simple project and Sarah chose to make a present for her friend Kristen Kirton. Like Sarah, Kristen was born with Down’s Syndrome. She bravely battled leukemia from the age of three, and in November 2009 Kristen and her family learned that the disease had returned. Sarah seized the opportunity to send her friend a gift of comfort in the hospital: a handmade pillowcase.

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Left: Sarah at work on her project. Right: Kristen received her surprise at the hospital in February. She passed away in her home on Tuesday, July 20, peacefully.

Sarah’s gift was just one instance of a larger community effort called The One Million Pillowcase Challenge, organized by American Patchwork & Quilting and supported by quilting shops around the country. The idea is to make and donate pillowcases — tangible gifts of comfort, encouragement or inspiration — to others in need. To date, over 120,000 pillowcases have been donated and the challenge will continue through the year, so Etsy members have the chance to make a big impact. (The Quiltsy team has already sent pillowcases to Haiti.) Women’s shelters, homeless shelters, hospital patients, nursing homes or soldiers can all benefit from your participation.

To get started, search for a quilt shop hosting One Million Pillowcase Challenge events in your area. If there isn’t a shop near you participating, don’t worry — you can watch a step-by-step video and download free patterns. Creativity is certainly encouraged if you wish to use an original design. Once your pillowcases are complete, you can refer to a list of suggested charities or find a local organization that inspires you. American Patchwork & Quilting is tallying the total number of pillowcases donated, so be sure to visit their website to enter the number you contributed. You can upload pictures to their gallery as well, and mention your Etsy profile or shop.

Jill Mead of Quilts and More and Lisa Schumacher of AllPeopleQuilt.com will appear in the Virtual Labs on Monday, July 26 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the project, answer your questions and demonstrate a simple technique known as the roll-your-own “burrito” method.

And August 23, our regular Etsy Labs’ Craft Night will be devoted to pillowcase making. We’ll be donating our pillowcases to Housing Works, a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses to sustain these efforts. Housing Works will be providing the supplies we’ll use to make the pillows — donated textiles from their ten thrift shops. The finished pillowcases will be donated back to Housing Works. It’s craftivism, full circle!

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161 comments

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Wow.

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 7 years ago

    that's great. very heartwarming. thanks for the article guys.

  • norajane

    norajane said 7 years ago

    Love this! This is such a wonderful thing!

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop said 7 years ago

    This is so very sweet! Now only if I had a sewing machine...

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful idea, and a great help to the community. Can't wait to learn the roll your own burrito method.

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    I'm not really a sewer :S But I will try to make time after I'm back!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    This is a touching and wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing and giving us the opportunity to help.

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article!! Sarah is a Beautiful young lady inside and out! I am so sorry for her loss. The One million pillowcase challenge Sounds like a great cause I will be seeing what i can do. Thank You! Tammy

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    Oh wow. Such a heartwarming idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • imirisi

    imirisi said 7 years ago

    Sarah is a beautiful young lady. And smart as well. What kind of sewing machine is she using? I do want to say sorry for her loss.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful project. Good job Sarah! My son with autism works at a vacuum/ sewing store. 3 days a month they make pillow cases for different charities. He loves being part of it. Keep up the great work Sarah.xo

  • PACountryCrafts

    PACountryCrafts said 7 years ago

    Such a great story!

  • SimplyRiveting

    SimplyRiveting said 7 years ago

    This is very inspiring.

  • gumbygirl

    gumbygirl said 7 years ago

    I didn't know pillow cases could be so beautiful! Just like this story!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this heart-warming story and for giving us the links to follow through with our own donations. Sarah is such an inspiration! :)

  • aniandrose

    aniandrose said 7 years ago

    What a great project!!!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story.

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 7 years ago

    Sarah is an adorable kid!! I wish her success over the disease as well as in her crafts!!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 7 years ago

    How lovely. It takes a kind heart to give to another. I always think that everyone has more talent, more heart than what shows on the outside.

  • ZinniaSnipSnap

    ZinniaSnipSnap said 7 years ago

    What a great opportunity! Thank you!

  • FromMyAttic

    FromMyAttic said 7 years ago

    All the best!!!, what a wonderfoul idea.

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 7 years ago

    Pulls my heartstrings! Sarah is a brave girl! This is a really fabulous challenge.

  • mexiricansister

    mexiricansister said 7 years ago

    What timing!!! I am hosting a pillowcase craft session at Fancy Tiger (see their Etsy store, and thanks again for hosting us)in Denver for www.projectvalentine.org Our pillowcases will all be delivered on Valentine's Day. I loved Sarah & Kristen's story!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 7 years ago

    This is absolutely wonderful. Wow.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    thank you for this, it warmed my heart. very very inspiring.

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Sad, beautiful, and inspirational all at the same time! Amazing!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

    awww I really like this idea, might give me something to do with all my extra fabric!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    beautiful, touching story...God bless you Sarah!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Wonderful idea! Very inspiring!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    what a great idea...love the designs at the top of the page.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful & inspirational story!

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful, loving idea. Thank you for posting this!

  • mietteLove

    mietteLove said 7 years ago

    Wow. My grandmother, also named Sarah Ely, passed away, in her home, peacefully on Tuesday as well. I've never before in my life met or heard of anyone else with this name. This story has made me smile like no other I've read here. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    What gorgeous items...Wonderful work!!! XOX

  • BlessedBeeApothecary

    BlessedBeeApothecary said 7 years ago

    amazing, gorgeous items and lovely article.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful project!

  • gertiebea

    gertiebea said 7 years ago

    Beautiful, inspiring thanks for posting this. God Bless.

  • Knot2Shabby

    Knot2Shabby said 7 years ago

    What a thoughtful and loving article!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and touching story! I love the idea and thought behind it! Thank you so so very much for sharing this with the etsy community!

  • MaMagasin

    MaMagasin said 7 years ago

    Who knew pillow cases could be so pretty! My mum works for a similar charity who make and donate quilts.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    What a great project and such beautiful ladies too! Our hearts go out to Kristen's family, and we think Sarah is amazing. Great article, thanks Etsy.

  • bushels

    bushels said 7 years ago

    Awesome I am so there! I'm so excited to make some of these pillow cases! When I was in the hospital after having a baby a girl came in and gave me a nursing pillow that her volunteer group had made for the new moms. It was the simplest design (long stuffed rectangle), but is made my day! I used it the entire time I nursed and then again on the second baby. The fact that it was handmade made with caring thoughts in mind made it an extra special gift that I will have always! Thanks for putting this out there! :)

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 7 years ago

    What a great cause! Sarah has inspired me. Thank you.

  • TheFaithBoutique

    TheFaithBoutique said 7 years ago

    That is a really cool idea! I wonder if anywhere in the UK does something like that, cause I'd definetly be interested in helping, anyone know if they do?

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful gesture.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    What a special friend Kristen had in Sarah. This is a wonderful story and creative effort to learn about. Thank you for sharing and best wishes to Kristen's family.

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  • Wishfulness

    Wishfulness said 7 years ago

    I love this story. It's a really amazing cause!

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful story!! I am a disabled person as well, and have come to etsy to allow me to feel productive and worthwhile. I know there are others out there with the same situation, and it was wonderful to read this story

  • WhimbrellasAttic

    WhimbrellasAttic said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting the link to the Quiltsy blog about our pillowcase project. The pillowcases are super easy to make and so appreciated when received!

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels said 7 years ago

    What fun, how nice, as soon as I get back from the lake!! You got it!

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 7 years ago

    This story gives me the warm fuzzies - very inspiring : ) Too, seeing all those pillows makes me want to have a PILLOW FIGHT!!!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    What A wonderful story! They can definitely count me in! I'm bookmarking the link right now:)

  • BettyandRoland

    BettyandRoland said 7 years ago

    What a great project. A big idea that everyone can take part in - fantastic!

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous pillowcases and a fabulous, generous effort! I have so much fabric around.....I will dedicate some time to getting a few sewn up!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great article and product!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    very cool ideas:)

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pillowcases! We do this with afghans in my area!

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 7 years ago

    Thanks for mentioning that the Quiltsy team has already sent a bunch of pillowcases to Haiti as part of this drive. Lovely article, hope you get lots more donated pillowcases.

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    Hi there, I got pillows as well. and would love to be part of this! please feel to reach me and ask. here to help. best, carlos

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Great story....& amazing people making amazing pillows....

  • TheInspiredNest

    TheInspiredNest said 7 years ago

    I'll be passing this information along, and am motivated to look into making my own pillow. Sarah and her mom have done a beautiful thing. Thank you, and blessings.

  • Tobeyscrafts

    Tobeyscrafts said 7 years ago

    Time to uncover the sewing room and start making pillow cases!!!!!!! I am going to have my daughter help make some. Who would think such a smiple item can have that much impact?? Best wishes to everyone :) Good luck sewing

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful idea and it is inspiring me to learn how to sew so I can donate some myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    another wonderful project - this story tugs at my heart strings - thank you!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    I need to do that...there are so many worthy causes! I guess everyone just has to find their niche. Thanks for the great article!

  • QuietStorytellers

    QuietStorytellers said 7 years ago

    This article exemplifies my favorite etsy trait: kindness.

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the beautiful story and featuring my pillow case. It's so inspiring. I'll do something for the special needs children like my daughter in my local area. She is mentally and physically handicapped having Cri du chat(Crying cat) syndrome. My view of the world has changed since she was born. :) The world with her is beautiful and amazing! Thank you. Sarah and Kristen, they are so lovely!

  • CamilleMarie

    CamilleMarie said 7 years ago

    I must learn how to make pillowcases!!! Great article!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    I extend my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Kristen's family, friends and all who knew & cared about her. Sarah, you have a huge heart and know the true meaning of kindness, compassion & selfless service. And a Clevelander, too! For those who find it more meaningful helping animals, every area's no-kill animal shelter is ever in need of plain pillow cases, fleece blankets and simple cat & dog toys to ease the wait until these dear creatures find loving homes. They don't care if your stitching is wonky.

  • revolt70

    revolt70 said 7 years ago

    Lovely ~~.

  • jillmccp

    jillmccp said 7 years ago

    The younger generation will do just fine! www.jillmccp.etsy.com

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    lovely idea, I will check into this more for sure!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 7 years ago

    ooh I want to buy all these beautiful pillows! :)

  • McQphotography

    McQphotography said 7 years ago

    This is beautiful work..

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    These are all some very beautiful pillowcase. Such a wide variety of colors and designs.

  • gypsystrunk

    gypsystrunk said 7 years ago

    Looking forward to learning more on the virtual lab tomorrow @1:00 pm. Can't wait to donate a few!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 7 years ago

    Wonderful ....I will join in. Beautiful pillowcases too!

  • paperpyro

    paperpyro said 7 years ago

    great story!

  • maria99maria

    maria99maria said 7 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • mysweetstitch

    mysweetstitch said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! So wonderful!

  • muchuanlin

    muchuanlin said 7 years ago

    These are all some very beautiful pillowcase. Such a wide variety of colors and designs.www.magents-fasts.com

  • muchuanlin

    muchuanlin said 7 years ago

    www.magnets-fasts.com.Wonderful ....I will join in. Beautiful pillowcases too!

  • muchuanlin

    muchuanlin said 7 years ago

    www.magnets-fasts.com I will join in. Beautiful pillowcases too!

  • irishandmore

    irishandmore said 7 years ago

    There is a group on JoAnn.com "Reaping what you sew" that has put their members up to donating to this project. I am a member of this group, and so far, have done 12. Many others of the group have set this for their annual goal as well. I think it is a super way to "stash bust" for a good cause. They can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. Check out the ConKerr cancer site, as well: http://www.conkerrcancer.org/

  • purplerozelisa

    purplerozelisa said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Thank you for sharing this. I have many friends that sew, so I am forwarding this on to them. I'm going to make the time to get some pillowcases made, from recycled materials of course!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 7 years ago

    Those pillowcases are beautiful as is the story. I definitely want to join! I'll ask my quilt shop next time I'm in! What a great cause. :)

  • thelittlebirdtoldme

    thelittlebirdtoldme said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 7 years ago

    i simply LOVE the idea of putting creative energy into projects that will benefit others, especially those who can use a little comfort and joy! COUNT ME IN!!!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    Hope I can make it, love housing works and people getting involved for their communities :)

  • KMRhandwoven

    KMRhandwoven said 7 years ago

    this is a wonderful and touching story... how a simple, everyday object can touch others.

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 7 years ago

    this is so fantastic! I'm blogging it and hoping my friends join in. I know a few people learning to sew and I think a pillowcase is the perfect place to start--and what better reason to get started? http://www.flyingblackbird.wordpress.com

  • ATasteForVintage

    ATasteForVintage said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Love and blessings to the Kirton family, so sorry for your loss. Best of luck to Sarah in her new endeavors!

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 7 years ago

    A very touching and sad story. Its a shame anyone has to die so young.

  • CassiopiasCreations

    CassiopiasCreations said 7 years ago

    What beautiful pillowcases. The talent and time of such a sweet young lady to bring joy to others is fabulous!

  • zstilo

    zstilo said 7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful pillow cases! Keep up the good work!

  • aistheta

    aistheta said 7 years ago

    Thanks for bring this project to light. I love the idea and think I might make a few pillow cases to donate.

  • PepiRodriguez

    PepiRodriguez said 7 years ago

    This is very touching. I'm about to start sewing some pillow cases to donate.

  • mbedesign

    mbedesign said 7 years ago

    I love the wood idea!

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 7 years ago

    I love this! Off to gather more info... (thanks for the article)

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 7 years ago

    What a touching story. I never knew pillow cases could be so much fun! I'm looking at the pair on my bed now and thinking how sad they are! I'll treat myself to some new handmade ones. Thanks for a lovely feature.

  • KnuttinButYarn

    KnuttinButYarn said 7 years ago

    Awesome organization, and God bless both of these brave young women.

  • hgoncalves

    hgoncalves said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story! It really motovates me to do so much more.

  • uniqueandnovel

    uniqueandnovel said 7 years ago

    Thanks for telling the story behind the pillowcases. I too have been making some. My bookstore... Chicklet Books in Princeton, NJ is going to hold a pillowcase event in the shopping center some time in September. Watch my store's website for further info at www.chickletbooks.com

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 7 years ago

    Thank you for such a moving story. stay brave.

  • small4all

    small4all said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • aselka

    aselka said 7 years ago

    Very heartwarming and inspiring story. I would like to make and donate some pillowcases.

  • dearbitsy

    dearbitsy said 7 years ago

    Such a great idea with such humble beginnings!! I'm definetly inspired to get my sewing machine warmed up!

  • GreyDogDesigns

    GreyDogDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy, for providing us with such a moving story to inspire us to create for the greater good... Now only if I was a seamstress. I'd love to try though. Bravo.

  • NagihanDesigns

    NagihanDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is very inspiring. Thank you ..

  • ohwowforlips

    ohwowforlips said 7 years ago

    So inspiring and selfless. Nice to hear about.

  • ohwowforlips

    ohwowforlips said 7 years ago

    So wonderful, inspiring and selfless.

  • TrueImageJewellery

    TrueImageJewellery said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing this lovely story, it really warmed my heart.

  • quiltdoodledesigns

    quiltdoodledesigns said 7 years ago

    A wonderful project!

  • wingedheartART

    wingedheartART said 7 years ago

    I didn't think about looking this project up on Etsy...duh. I found out about this via BHG magazine and sent it out to a bunch of sewing/crafty friends. We've been making cases for awhile now. Need to send them in. WOOHOO. Got some cute fabric to make two the other day with owls. Get it? Night owls? hahah Great article, thanks. www.wingedheartart.com

  • GlassCube

    GlassCube said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! This is just so inspiring. I love the idea of putting creativity to use in bettering someone elses life! Great Great Great idea!

  • TummyEarthFashions

    TummyEarthFashions said 7 years ago

    Love, Love, LOVE!!! Thank you Etsy for bringing this to our attention. I do not know that I would have otherwise found out about this Challenge. I *will* be making as many pillowcases as possible! Such a wonderful donation! ~TEF

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 7 years ago

    Touching story. What a wonderful gift for someone who has to spend time in hospital. Inspiring. :)

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 7 years ago

    Not sure if this program is up here in Canada, but what a wonderful idea!

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 7 years ago

    Wow. I started embroidering a pillowcase 5 years ago, in an ICU unit as I watched over my sister. I was never able to finish and give it to her.. she died and it still sits in my sewing basket. Not sure that I can complete one now but I'm sure going to try. This is lovely. XO

  • papersweetsca

    papersweetsca said 7 years ago

    @AndisAccessories - there's a list of international stores including a bunch in Canada (I was looking for one in Toronto) http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/findashop/international.html I truly love this idea, and can already think of a few designs I'd want to play with; I'd just need to borrow someones sewing machine...

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring !! Will look into it in my area for sure !!

  • morgancreations

    morgancreations said 7 years ago

    Very wonderful story! I'd love to get involved! I'll see what I can do to work on that!

  • encantodesign

    encantodesign said 7 years ago

    THanks for the article..ISPIRING

  • HelensCorner

    HelensCorner said 7 years ago

    I heard about this project through a friend and I was so moved! I'm inspired to start making some pillowcases myself. Thanks!

  • knofje

    knofje said 7 years ago

    Oh, that's a lovely project..

  • galeriaVarte

    galeriaVarte said 7 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful,beautiful,beautiful,congratulations!

  • GarageGypsy

    GarageGypsy said 7 years ago

    This is such a great idea. Your article really touched my heart, thank you. Its inspiring to see how much of an impact an individual can man make on society and in our world :)

  • DigItDog

    DigItDog said 7 years ago

    Such a Sweet Article! I wish the best to those girls families!!

  • MadeMary

    MadeMary said 7 years ago

    I'm looking forward to contributing -- thanks for publicizing this great idea!

  • ilovemysoldier03

    ilovemysoldier03 said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story! If only more people were like that.

  • yourlifevents

    yourlifevents said 7 years ago

    Love that this is on Etsy ! We wrote about the "One Million Dollar Pillow Case Challenge on our blog, made pillow cases and told people what quilt shop they could go to in our San Diego area to make and donate one. Great feed back and so easy to do !

  • kokadots

    kokadots said 7 years ago

    Very touching....awesome!

  • LoveYouSo

    LoveYouSo said 7 years ago

    so inspiring!

  • ellaminnowpeadesigns

    ellaminnowpeadesigns said 7 years ago

    This is really wonderful! Nothing like having your very own pillow case as a comfort item. I know that was always listed on things to bring to the hospital when I gave birth to my children. I will be working on a pillow case for this challenge. I'm inspired! Thank you for writing this article ~Ella Minnow Pea Boutique

  • AlaCreations

    AlaCreations said 7 years ago

    wonderfully inspiring

  • Jodaycraf

    Jodaycraf said 7 years ago

    These are gorgeous. Wish I were handy at sewing. I'll have to check on others I know who sew pillowcases.

  • EyeShutterToThink

    EyeShutterToThink said 7 years ago

    So beautiful - I adore the teal pillowcase in the center.

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Our Quilt Guild did pillowcases this year and what a blessings to see so many others doing the same, Great work all.

  • susissatchels

    susissatchels said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful project for sewers of all skill levels!

  • vintagekraze

    vintagekraze said 7 years ago

    what a great idea!! thanks for sharing this article

  • Cardstashbyvalerie

    Cardstashbyvalerie said 7 years ago

    Good Job, Sarah. I will have to dust off my sewing machine and help out as I can. Thanks for sharing this special article.

  • Laurajason

    Laurajason said 7 years ago

    This is so great! I'm definitely going to give it a go!

  • greenappleworks

    greenappleworks said 7 years ago

    Very Touching!! What a wonderful article!!

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy said 7 years ago

    What a great article to read and such lovely colorful pilowcases to see!

  • wearbyelsy

    wearbyelsy said 7 years ago

    I'm inspired by your article to dig through my cotton and start making pillowcases!

  • TwoTinyFeathers

    TwoTinyFeathers said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story. Wonderful idea!

  • innamorataitaly

    innamorataitaly said 7 years ago

    Sarah is adorable. I love this story.

  • SWEEETLIFE

    SWEEETLIFE said 7 years ago

    gives the imagination a jolt

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing said 7 years ago

    Wow a lesson we can learn - if everyone did one kind thing a day this world would be so beautiful. And this article just made mine a lot more beautiful... Amen to Sarah she is my hero of the day... And a day is a life time for me!!

  • BettysBeautyInBeads

    BettysBeautyInBeads said 6 years ago

    I'm so touched, what a lovely idea. I'd like to be a part of this...

  • ViewPatricksArt

    ViewPatricksArt said 6 years ago

    This was a great read, I wish I could sew...

  • bysharonmarie

    bysharonmarie said 6 years ago

    what a great idea! i'm going to start spreading the word and making pillow cases right now.

  • CarefulLittleFeet

    CarefulLittleFeet said 6 years ago

    That is really cool...love to see people sewing and learning how to sew for something like this!!!

  • ommat

    ommat said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful project Sarah is part of, I am so sorry for the lost of your Friend, she is in heaven and happy now, I know she loved your gift, I had a little girl that lost the battle of Brain Cancer and she loved the gifts made by different groups. XOXO

  • ommat

    ommat said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful project Sarah is part of, I am so sorry for the lost of your Friend, she is in heaven and happy now, I know she loved your gift, I had a little girl that lost the battle of Brain Cancer and she loved the gifts made by different groups. XOXO

  • doggonepurrtty

    doggonepurrtty said 6 years ago

    God Bless You Sarah. You are a true inspiration. Thank you for all you do to add "kindness" in our lives.

  • EllaNannas

    EllaNannas said 6 years ago

    I remember when I first learned to sew in the 1960's how sewing a pillow case was special and we even embroidered on them for gifts. Those were white or you could even find the fabric that was bordered especially for the pillow cases. But these cases are magnificent. These are so creative. I think I will start up gift giving again with pillow cases. Will show this to our Hospital guild for their projects too. Thank you so much for this wonderful story.

  • jhillely

    jhillely said 6 years ago

    thank you again for writing this story. i just did a blog post about it and all the fun things i purchased from etsy creators for a display in our store.

  • FrivolousNecessity

    FrivolousNecessity said 6 years ago

    an amazing story. and it keeps on going - they aren't finished yet! off to make a pillowcase!! :)

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