Saturday, May 21, 2011

Using it Up


 If you've been to a quilt shop, or a quilt guild meeting, or read a sewing or quilting magazine in the last few months, then you might have heard about the American Patchwork and Quilting drive to collect one million pillowcases for charity.  It's an appealing idea: corralling quilters and seamstresses to make a simple item that can be useful to lots of people, and encouraging them to donate them to their local charities.  My local group provides pillowcases to a camp for children whose lives have been touched by cancer -- each kid gets his or her own pillowcase and then takes it home with them.  It's sort of hokey -- and yet, it's a lovely, cheery way to touch someone's life.

Last week, I had another burst of energy in the get-stuff-out-of-the-closet kick I'm on, and I pulled a stack of fabric down from the top shelf to get it out of there.  I had a big stack of bright flannels -- I think I bought them years ago thinking I'd make a few of those rag quilts... or maybe it was for those make-your-own-chenille throws... I don't even remember.  But as I was setting them into a bag to give away, it struck me that they'd make a good bunch of pillowcases.

Using a "roll it up" pattern my friend Pat had given me that makes for a really quick and fun pillowcase (and you can see it demonstrated with instructions here) I started cutting hunks of flannel and next thing you know, I had 11 pillowcases.  AND an empty shelf in my closet.  It felt great.

By the way, is this a middle-aged thing?  That it feels better to get stuff out of the house then it does to go shopping for new stuff and bring it home?!

9 comments:

Tine said...

Wow! 11 pillowcases?! Your picture looks wonderful. I am sure your pillowcases will make someone very happy!

Deborah Boschert said...

Claire had a slumber party last night... they would have loved fun, new, flannel pillow cases! You should send them off to all the young (or older) teen girls you know!

Angie said...

Your pillowcase fabrics and colors are great! I never thought of making some out of flannel. Very cozy!

Diane said...

Deborah, you're right -- these would make a great birthday slumber party gift, for boys or girls. And they are very easy to make (in fact, now that I think about it, for older girls you could have them cut and girls could sew their own as part of the party activities).

Kristin L said...

I don;t know if it's a middle aged thing or not, but it sure feels great to accomplish stuff and this is just teh right kind of win-win project.

Gari said...

I think there comes a time when we tire of dusting and or cleaning up stuff and are ready to pare down. That's how I feel about my house but not the studio, yet.

Laura said...

I think the relief of using things up is definitely a "life stage" thing. Welcome to the club!

Vicki said...

Yes, pillowcases would make a great first project for a group of girls at a slumber party. What a great idea, diane.

QuiltingFitzy said...

GREAT link, thank you. I'd already saved 3 others for this idea, but this one takes the cake! I have several people I'd love to send pillowcase sets to, you know-those people who don't "need" a gift!