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2019 Sewing for Charity with Sulky: Pillowcases for People in Need

2019 Sewing for Charity with Sulky

Sewing for Charity Effort Pillowcase pattern

Sulky of America is proud to launch a sewing for charity effort for 2019: Pillowcases for People in Need

The gift of a pillowcase, our 2019 sewing for charity effort, is a small gesture, but one that comforts people of all walks of life. A nice safe place to rest our head is sometimes a great respite for the trials and tribulations that hardship can bring. Many charities accept handmade pillowcases and are built around distributing them to those in need. A pillowcase also makes a great gift to comfort a friend if he/she is experiencing an illness, death in the family, or other rough patch.

Throughout 2019, we’ll highlight a different way to create and donate a pillowcase for this sewing for charity effort and we invite you to come along. Our pillowcase pattern is quick and easy and is a great project for your scrap fabric. The pattern features French seams to ensure the pillowcase looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Get your sewing bee, guild or neighborhood to join, too! This project is also a great way to introduce kids into sewing.


For January, we’re focusing our sewing for charity effort on breast cancer patients. People often focus on showing support for breast cancer patients and survivors during the month of October, as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month (which is great!). But people are diagnosed every day, and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Many cancer hospitals receive the bulk of donations during October, so the patients that come in prior to or after don’t get the same swag.

How do I know this? I am a breast cancer survivor and I received many gifts from people upon hearing of my illness, which happened to be in October. At my first chemo treatment I was presented with a goodie bag, containing a hand-knit hat, pair of soft socks, bottle of lotion, chap-stick and some drink mixes (chemo does weird things to your taste buds I would soon find out). At each treatment, I requested a blanket and pillow. It was always an afterthought to bring my own pillowcase for my eight hours in that chair, but I always wished I had one.

With that in mind, we created this Pillowcase for a Cure KitInside is all the fabric, needles, and thread you need to create this pillowcase (You’re sure to have leftover needles and thread that you can use to make more pillowcases or replenish those in your stash).


Ask your local hospital if they take donations for their breast center or chemo wing. Below are a few to reach out to (there are thousands out there and this is just a small sampling):

UCLA Breast Center

Ruth J Spear Breast Center

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

UC Health Diane O’Conner Thompson Breast Center

Atlanta Breast Care

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Center Task Force

Barbara Ann Karmanos Breast Cancer Institute

Central Florida Breast Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Evelyn H Lauder Breast Center

If you know of another resource for breast cancer patients, please comment on this post to share that knowledge with other readers!

Thank you for joining in our pledge to make a difference through our sewing for charity effort this year. Next month we’ll highlight another worthy cause and continue sharing the love!

sewing for charity breast cancer awareness pillowcase pattern

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


    • Ellen March

      Hi Sharon, The link in the post for the pattern is free. The link to the kit, which includes fabric, thread and sewing machine needles, is $19.99. Thanks for reading!

  • Judy Hildebrand

    Under FREE projects, thank you, but please where can I find the MOM sachet pillow embroidery design?

  • Margaret Drafts

    As a (retired) oncology RN, with breast cancer, may I please recommend the Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Knoxville, TN,for donations. That is where I once gave chemo to breast cancer patients, and many others!
    Thank you for reminding us all of this precious gesture of encouragement!

  • Sandy Pastor

    My daughter has spent the entire year of 2018 going through breast cancer treatments: double mastectomy, chemo, radiation, etc. She is now cancer free but last year was a very challenging year. She lives in NH and I in Florida. I could not be with her at any time due to major illness and disasters here in Florida. My daughter was treated at the Dana Farber Cancer Hospital in Boston. I am sure that they would love to receive pillow cases for their patients. I do not have the street address handy, but it is easy enough to look up. Dana Farber has long been known for it’s excellent treatment of cancer patients. They have a special unit for children and my daughter would participate annually in the “Jimmy Fund” 26.2 walk for childhood cancers. The Jimmy Fund was instituted many years ago for a young boy named “Jimmy” who had childhood cancer. It is a wonderful hospital/medical center.

    • Kelly Nagel

      Thank you for this recommendation and information. It sounds like a perfect place for people to send pillow cases! We are also extremely happy to hear that your daughter is now cancer free!