Thursday, May 18, 2017

One Million Pillowcases

On Tuesday, as part of Voya's National Day of Service, my co-workers and I made 38 pillowcases that will be donated to Boston Children's Hospital as well as nine pet pillows that will be donated to a local animal shelter.
My friend Sue came to my office and helped me run the event! We had over 15 volunteers and used two conference rooms so there was a lot of running back and forth!
Here are some of my intrepid volunteers.
Showing off our finished work!
At the end of the day, Julia and I are tired but very proud of all of the finished pillowcases!
Before the big day, I had pre-cut 38 pillowcases and my friend Carol had cut another 20. This way, when people showed up, we could hand them something ready to sew. What surprised me the most was how many non-sewers wanted to participate in our event. We gave them some pinning and pressing lessons and they prepped as we sewed. Overall we had seven sewers and an army of pinners. I'm sorry I didn't get any photos of my pinning crew, they were really great!

Scenes from the workroom. From front, Jodi, Kathy, Julia and Lauren
From left (clockwise), Sue, Lauren, Lorraine, Carol, Jodi, Kathy and Julia
This is my sweet co-worker Lauren. We sit next to each other at the office. She is 26. We have a lot of fun together.
Here are our finished pet pillows. My Brown Bagger quilting buddies save all their fabric scraps for me and my garage was overflowing with their donations. My army of volunteers stuffed them in about half an hour and asked for more!
Everyone had a good time participating and they are already talking about signing up for next year! Guess I better start cutting some more fabric!

Linking up with:
Midweek Makers
Wednesday Weight Loss
Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
Finished or Not Friday
Quilting is more fun than housework hosting for TGIFF

Thanks for visiting!

Pugs and kisses,


  1. Such a great turnout. How wonderful to see people doing for others! Human and furry.

    1. Thanks! It was a win-win situation. Who doesn't love kids and pets?

  2. Such worthy causes! Pillow cases are a fun and fast item to make for charity! Our guild did the same thing last year with pillow cases. I've never thought about pet beds, but what a smart idea!!

  3. Nice job! What a great turnout, and I'm sure both human kids and fur kids will be appreciative! Have a good weekend!

  4. Looks like all of you had a good time and completed a big stack of items to donate. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  5. This is so cool that you got to do this at work. It looks like everyone is having a good time.

  6. Wow! What a fantastic group of volunteers stitching up those donations! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

  7. Wow, how wonderful to have gotten such participation! You should feel proud. You taught people to sew, and they made so many things for charity. what a great job! Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. I love this!! How is it I've never made a pillowcase!!