Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pillows of Hope -Directions to make pillowcase                                              

Directions for a


For one pillowcase:
¨      3⁄8 yard (band)     Cut 1strip 10in x 41in
¨      7⁄8 yard (pillowcase body) Cut 1-26 ½ x 41 rectangle

Finished pillowcase: 30×20" (fits a standard-size bed pillow)

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide,
100% COTTON fabrics. Cotton or cotton flannel only NO FLEECE!

Measurements include 1⁄2" seam allowances. Sew with right sides
together otherwise specified (French seams will be required for side and bottom)

1.   Place band strip right side up on work surface. Matching up long edges, put body rectangle right side down atop band strip. Pin edges together if desired.
2.   Beginning at lower long edge, roll the body rectangle toward the band strip. Stop rolling when you reach a point about halfway up the band strip. The upper raw edges should still be aligned Wrap the band strip around the rolled body rectangle to form a tube.
3.   Pin the three raw edges together, making sure the rolled rectangle portion does not get pinned.
4.   Sew pinned edges together with a 12 " seam allowance.
5.    As if you were pulling a sleeve from a sweater, pull the body fabric from the tube, turning the pillowcase band right side out to make a pillowcase body. Unroll the body rectangle. All seam allowances should be encased within the pillowcase band.
6.    Pulling slightly on the band, press the band flat with seam
allowances going toward the band.

To complete a fray-free pillowcase, finish it with French seams. You’ll have no raw edges exposed!

1. With wrong sides together (yes...wrong sides together) and a scant  14" seam allowance, sew together the side and bottom raw edges of the  pillowcase. For greatest accuracy, begin at the band and
sew  toward the opposite end. You may wish to pin the intersection where the band meets the body to make sure it aligns properly.
2 .Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press the seam allowance flat. For best results, you may need to roll the seam between your fingers to nudge it to the edge prior to pressing.
3. With the wrong side still out and using a 14 " seam allowance, sew the side and bottom of the pillowcase again, enclosing the seam previously sewn . Now you have a pillowcase with no raw edges!

Pillows of Hope

Cozy pillows help calm children who are faced with fearful situations and can bring them comfort

My goal is to see that each child receives a cozy, comfy, fun pillowcase to have of their own during their hospital stay at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

You can help bring hope to a child by:

     · Making pillowcases, donate your sewing skills (we need a lot!)
     · Donating fabric (see requirements below)
     · Be a Sponsor (takes approx. $7.00 to make 1 pillow case)

     - 7/8 yd fabric for body, 3/8 yd contrast for band (pre -washed)
     · 100% cotton fabric for summer pillowcases 
     · 100% cotton flannel for winter pillowcases
     · NO FLEECE 
     · No embellishments, ribbons, paints, or vinyl
     · French Seams (instructions will be provided)

My Inspiration to help:

Becca was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia) in October 2008, when she was just two years old. Her two-year plus treatment protocol was grueling, but Becca's strength and the support of so many wonderful people have brought her family through it. She finished chemotherapy treatments in December 2010, was in remission, and her prognosis was great. Sadly Becca was just diagnosed with a new type of leukemia (AML) on April 3 of 2012.

Mail completed pillowcases, fabric or donations to:

Pillows of Hope – Katie Dickert
7852 Camargo Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45243
Arrangements can be made to pick up if local

Follow our progress on:

Questions? email

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pillows of Hope -My youngest daughters project

Hello every!

Yes I know it's been too long since I've had a post, but sometimes life gets in the way.

I want to share with you a wonderful project my daughter Katie is doing. It's called Pillows of Hope and she will be sewing and donating pillowcases to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center!

In studies it's been proven that a soft, cozy object, whether it be a doll, blanket or pillow, will calm a child facing a stressful situation. Katie wants each child and teen to be able to have something of their own to hold on to. Being a teen herself she knows some of the older kids might be embarrassed bringing something from home would appreciate having a soft pillowcase!

Please read the blogs I've posted relating to this project. If you know how to sew get out that machine and 100% cotton fabric and help bring comfort and hope to the children! You'll find the directions on one of the blogs. 

Katie just started a facebook page--be sure to follow her-she is hoping people all over will send her pillowcases and she will post pictures as well as thank yous from children.

This is a very exciting project and we hope you will want to join us too!