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DIY Bed Pillow Cases: 3 sizes and 3 different styles (including the “burrito” method)

DIY Bed Pillow Cases: 3 sizes and 3 different styles (including the “burrito” method)

Some of you have reading this blog for years and years (or maybe it’s only been my mom for that long…hi mom!) — but some of you may remember years ago, when the sweet little face of Ruby Jane first graced the internet with her big beautiful eyes……and has since made a big impact on this world.  In short, little baby Ruby left this world after 7 months of life, due to liver failure.  My heart is still drawn to baby Ruby, even after all these years.

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Ruby’s mom, Ani, contacted me several weeks ago about a project that she and her older daughter Kate started recently, called Project Serve Together.  (instagram: @servetogether)  She said that any time they have felt sad since losing Ruby, they would think of some sort of service to do, and do it RIGHT THEN….and have found so much joy in doing so.  They started Project Serve Together on Ruby’s 3rd Angel Day (or 3 years since her passing) and decided to invite others to join them.  Each week, they pick a service to do, and ask everyone to join them in completing the service with their own family.  On her site, Ani mentions that “[serving] has helped us in our journey of grief, in bringing us joy and happiness as we lose ourselves in others.”

After scrolling down a bit on her site, my eyes fell upon a quote on her sidebar… “the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. — Gordon B Hinckley” 

Right at that very moment, I immediately recalled how many times in my own life that any sorrow/frustration/discouragement in my life, has always been lightened when I have forgotten myself, and reached outward.  There is so much truth in that one single statement.

The reason for Ani contacting me recently, was to tell me about her most recent project that she and her daughter have been wanting to do and asking a quick favor.  They met a family while Ruby was sick, who also ended up losing their son Collin, or “Bubba”.  Each year, Bubba’s mom Julie, collects pillowcases and donates them to the Children’s Hospital.  She remembers Bubba receiving a pillowcase in the hospital and was so impressed by the warmth that this one little pillowcase brought her son, so she wanted to continue doing the same for other sick children.

This is where I come in.  But my part is the easy part.  I’m just going to show you how quick and simple it is to make a basic little pillowcase (3 different ways), so that you can consider possibly sending a few off to help lift the spirits of struggling little kiddos, by donating to Bubba’s Pillow Case Drive.  Yes, maybe you need a few new pillowcase in your own house (I do too!), or want to make a few sets as gifts (that sounds like fun, I’ll probably do that too!), but while you’re at it, cut out a few extras and join in on the incredible joy you’ll find in serving kiddos who could sure use some love.  A simple gift that will give right back to your own heart, ten fold. :)

Pillow cases are a really fast project and can be made in so many fun colors and pattern combinations.  And if something so simple brings big smiles to kiddos’ faces, I’m in!  So I made 3 in a little more than an hour. :)

Adding the little trim piece and a coordinating cuff piece does take a little longer….but what’s 10 more minutes when it adds such a cute pop of color!

I decided to show you how to create a really polished pillow case on the inside, using french seams.  Don’t fret, these take 2 more seconds to do…..but are so much more clean and professional looking.

You don’t have to worry about stray thread or any sort of fraying.  So pretty, inside and out!

Not only will you want to make a few of these to brighten up the hospital rooms of children who are struggling to get better…..but why not do an overhaul of all your old pillowcases and make new ones for all the beds in your house?  I will share the exact dimensions to make all 3 styles in the standard, queen, and king size…down below.  No guessing. :)

Are you a beginner on the sewing machine?  Well, this is PERFECT for you!

Cute little pillow cases for so many purposes…that don’t take much time at all to make.

And because I thought it was important to share a little more about Julie and her son “Bubba”…I’m going to include a few thoughts of hers (plus more info on the pillowcases) that was sent to me:

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I remember countless nights and days spent in a sterile white hospital room with my sweet little boy. Imagine how scary and overwhelming it was to him… to me (and his father)… and to his little sister when she would visit. One day Bubba received a birthday present from Child Life wrapped in a pillowcase and that simple gesture has forever changed my heart. That fun pillowcase brightened and changed a scary hospital room. That little toy piano brought laughter and smiles to our faces. Such a simple act of kindness changed our world. After fighting a long and hard battle our sweet little boy Collin “Bubba” Presley returned home to Heaven in the arms of loving angels just after his 12th birthday.

My grief was overwhelming and it was only fitting that I found the best outlet for my grief in the form of service. I decided to turn my pain into purpose. We started Team Bubba shortly after his passing on August 9, 2012.

Team Bubba has managed to sew and donate over 2,000 pillowcases to local children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald houses, orphanages, and special home deliveries over the past two years. Would you consider helping Team Bubba change a child’s little world with one small act of kindness? What we are asking from you is simple.

We need you to put your talents to use and sew standard size (20×26 inches) pillowcases with new child friendly fabric (please no weapons or aggressive prints) and donate them to Team Bubba.

You can’t sew?? No problem!!! Put your great shopping skills to use and purchase a new child friendly pillowcase from a local store and donate it to Team Bubba. You could also donate fabric, or a gift card so we can make more pillowcases!

Thank you so much and remember that by doing small acts of kindness we can do great things!!!

Julie Presley

What a beautiful story.  And such a big heart you have Julie!  Thank you for loving others with the same love you have for your sweet Bubba!  (You can read more about Team Bubba here.)

“Standard size” pillow cases to be donated to “Bubba’s Pillow Case Drive”, can be sent here (and are needed by 12/19/14)

Team Bubba 
PO BOX 505
Trabuco Canyon, Ca 92678

***UPDATE (2/19/15):  The PO Box listed above is still open and accepting pillow case donations.  The original due date above was just a date for that particular drive they were hosting so that they could get the cases in before Christmas.  But donations are ALWAYS welcome and will still go straight to children’s hospitals!!  -Ashley


Now, onto the 3 different ways you can make a pillow case:

Also, I’ll share how to make these styles in 3 different sizes……but just keep in mind, any pillow cases that are donated, need to be the standard 20×26 inch size.

The finished dimensions —

Standard: 20×26 inches

Queen: 20×30 inches (which I realized is the size we have the most of in our house…so check your pillows before sewing)

King: 20×36 inches

1. First up, the “Basic” pillow case:

***This pillow case has a 4 inch hem along the opening, so plenty of the “right” side of the fabric shows if it flaps open.

This is how much fabric you’ll need to make the “Basic” pillow case in 3 different sizes:

 ***And remember to use the dimensions up above to decide what size pillow case to make.  Without even knowing, most of our pillows fit the Queen size best.  But the donated pillows for this project need to be standard size. 

Now, cut your fabric as follows:

Place your piece of fabric down in front of you, with the print side face down, with the two 41 inch sides along the top and bottom.
Fold the top edge down 1/2 inch and iron flat.  Then fold the top edge over another 4 inches and iron in place.

Now, sew that flap down, about 1/4 inch away from the bottom fold.

Now, with the fold still at the top, fold the entire thing in half by folding the left side over onto the right side, with “wrong” sides together.  (Don’t worry, I didn’t lose my marbles and forget to fold “right” sides together….we’re creating the french seam here.)  Sew along the right edges and along the bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Now you should have a pillow case shape….but with raw edges along the right side and along the bottom.

Clip the corner off the very bottom right hand corner…..but don’t clip through the threads.

Then trim about 1/8 of an inch off the right raw edge and the bottom raw edge.

Then turn the entire thing inside out and press flat, poking out the bottom corners and making the edges as flat and even as possible.  Then sew along the right edge and the bottom edge (making sure that those are the same edges that were sewn in the last steps), using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Now, turn the entire thing right side out and again, poke your corners out, and iron flat.

Now you should have beautifully encased seams, AKA “French Seams”.

And that’s it.  See?  Quickest project on your list! :)

2. Next, let’s make the “Tri-Color Cuff” pillow case:

(this is also known as the “burrito” method)

This is how much fabric you’ll need to make the “Tri-Color Cuff” pillow case in 3 different sizes:

 ***And remember to use the dimensions up above to decide what size pillow case to make.  Without even knowing, most of our pillows fit the Queen size best.  But the donated pillows for this project need to be standard size. 

Now, cut your fabric as follows:

Begin by folding your trim piece in half lengthwise, with “wrong” sides together.  Iron flat.

Next, place your “cuff” piece down in front of you, with the “right” side of the fabric facing up.  Place the raw edges of the folded trim piece along the top edge of the cuff piece and pin them together.

Next, place the “main” piece of fabric on the to of the first 2 pieces, but the main piece needs to be facing down.  Re-pin along the top, to include all 3 pieces of fabric.

Continue pinning until the entire main piece is pinned together with the other pieces.

Now, begin rolling up the main fabric, to get it out of the way.  (This is the beginnings of making your “burrito”.)

Then fold up the bottom edge of the “cuff” fabric up and over the rolled up “main” piece of fabric.  Line up the edges and re-pin again.

If you look from the side, you’ll see that the “cuff” fabric completely surrounds the “main” fabric.

Just be sure that you have the first edge of the “cuff” fabric along the bottom, the two edges of the “trim” fabric (since it was folded in half), the edge of the “main” fabric, and then the other edge of the “cuff” fabric on top.

Sew all of those edges together, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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Now, from one end, begin pulling out the “main” fabric out, from the inside of the “burrito”.

Keep pulling until the cuff begins to turn itself right side out as you pull.

Once it’s completely out, it should look like this:

Iron the cuff flat.

Now, this is optional, but I decided to add a little seam along the trim piece, to keep it flat and in place.  I decided later on that it probably wasn’t necessary…..but I kinda like the look of the stitch, so it’s a keeper for me! :)

Now, refer to the instructions above and fold the pillow case in half and sew the two sides and bottom edges together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Continue using the instructions above, until your case is complete!

3. Next, let’s make the “Same-Color Cuff” pillow case:

(This also uses the “burrito” method….but is made with all the same fabric.  It looks a lot like the “Basic” style up above but is a little more fancy and adds just a faint trim detail.)

This is how much fabric you’ll need to make the “Tri-Color Cuff” pillow case in 3 different sizes:

 ***And remember to use the dimensions up above to decide what size pillow case to make.  Without even knowing, most of our pillows fit the Queen size best.  But the donated pillows for this project need to be standard size. 

Now, cut your fabric as follows:

This method is exactly the same as the “Tri-Color Cuff” method up above… refer to that as you put this pillow case together.

And that’s it!  Not much to it at all!

Best of luck…..and I truly hope you’ll consider making a few extras to donate.  I’m dropping mine in the mail this weekend but will probably make a few more because, good grief, we always run out of clean pillow cases around here! :)

Thanks again Ani and Julie!  Both of you have such loving hearts


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  1. Carol Anne Bell says:

    You did the most beautiful tutorial. It is so easy to read. I love it. I have made many pillowcases, and these instructions are about the best.
    I also love, love, love, the quote by Gordon B. Hinckley. He also said: ‘The smallest gesture can mean to much to those who may need a little lift in their lives. Gordon B. Hinckley. Pillowcases, although a small gesture, have meant so much to those people who have received them from me.

    Thank you for sharing your tutorials.

  2. Norris says:

    Another blustery day here in Seattle. Required a few pillowcases, yet thought “Why not sew a few?!” Found your guidelines then went to the sewing store, Stitches, which is just two squares from my loft, and got some fabric. It was a breeze! I simply made one, yet am retreating to get business as usual fabric to make two more.

  3. Nicole Alves says:

    I have been making pillowcases for years. I make them particularly at Christmas or for birthdays and I put their presents inside them. I never knew about a french seam, that is a wonderful way to finish, especially if you don’t have a serger. Thank you!

  4. Artemis Auralei says:

    Really, thanks so much for this. I’m new and never sewed anything. Just got my machine. If these turn out I’ll make one for the cause as a “thank you”! I think I can actually do one of each. I’m super excited to try! ???

  5. healthy meal plans says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial! Your website has so many inspiring projects and is always my go-to for sewing tips and ideas. I just finished a tri-colour pillowcase for my little guy’s 2th birthday (featuring fabric with his favourite robot superheroes) and it turned out beautifully.

  6. JJcuties says:

    Thank you for the instruction. After reading your article, i think im going to make some pillow cases for my sons.

  7. Stephen says:

    Another rainy day here in Seattle. Needed some pillowcases, but thought “Why not sew some?!” Found your instructions then went to the sewing store, Stitches, which is only two blocks from my apartment, and got some fabric. It was a breeze! I just made one, but am going back to get more of the same fabric to make two more.

  8. Victoria Hardcastle says:

    Hi there! I love your tutorial but am running into some bumps. I am trying to make the dimensions fit for the Ikea crib pillow

    and I cannot seem to figure out how to change my fabric allotment. I did run myself into a corner by choosing directional fabric, but here’s what has happened so far.

    Finished dimensions should be 14″x22″. I’ve ended up with a perfectly fitting pillow, but the opening was at the top of the pillow (long side instead of short). And I’ve also ended up with a correctly fitting pillow, but fabric going the wrong direction and the opening STILL at the top!

    Can you please help? How can I get the opening on the side like a normal pillow? I know this is just some standard math, but I’m not a seasoned seamstress and obviously screwing up somewhere! Thank you!

  9. Betty M says:

    I just made the tri-color cuff pillowcase for my grandson. Your tutorial was excellent and so easy to follow. The best I have seen. I love that you gave the measurements/instructions for each style of pillowcase. I will definitely be making more of these pillowcases. PS – I also stitched down the trim and I thought it added the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for taking the time to write and share this tutorial with us. Now onto making one for my other grandson. :)

  10. Regina says:

    I came across this site. I saw the picture of your son before I read the story. I was having a bad day, at least what I think is a bad day. His smile made me smile. It mad me feel so warm inside.

  11. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial! Your website has so many inspiring projects and is always my go-to for sewing tips and ideas. I just finished a tri-colour pillowcase for my little guy’s 4th birthday (featuring fabric with his favourite robot superheroes) and it turned out beautifully.

  12. Brittany says:

    The lengths appear a bit short. I adore the directions, however I was baffled when the standard size pillowcase guidelines marginally secured the pad and I had pad looking out the end. It would be pleasant if the directions either called attention to out, or were changed in accordance with completely cover the cushion. I figure I ought to have looked all the more carefully at the photos.

    1. Ashley says:

      So sorry about that Brittany! I included all the standard dimensions but I think most people use a larger size pillow case, even though they may think they’re using a standard size. I actually noted that I use the Queen size up in the directions and mentioned in a couple places to be sure to measure, because you may need a different size than you think. I am going to go highlight those words in red, to make it even more clear….because maybe there are others who aren’t noticing it either.

      Thanks and again, so sorry for the confusion!

  13. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I used it to make the top sheet for my waterbed sheets. It’s so easy to follow.

    1. Susan says:

      I’ll also be making matching pillow cases

  14. Kerri says:

    thank you so much for sharing your tips and inspirations. One question – how can I use the “burrito” method to include an envelope at the back? I have made some tri-colour pillowcases but I much prefer the pillow hidden in the envelope.

  15. Lina says:

    This is so awesome. Cute idea to make for my family and home, but also looking forward to donating some!! My mom loves to sew so I am sure she can add to the donation as well!!!

  16. Allison says:

    What a great tutorial! I manage a foster closet and we’re doing a pillowcase drive and this is perfect! The foster kids choose a pillowcase and fill it with clothes, hygiene products, books and toys from our free closet; it then becomes their special pillow case that they can take with them when they leave their placement.
    Thanks again!

  17. AzAly says:

    I spent my morning making 2 of the cases with cuffs out of pure curiosity of the burrito method. I never knew a pillowcase could have such a slick finished look. Made 2 for my daughters bed and now I hate all pillow cases in my house! Time for more fabric!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yay…….I loved reading this! Old pillowcase, BEWARE!!! ;)

  18. Keturah says:

    I love that floral fabric. Can you help me by telling me where I could find fabric like that? Thank you!

    1. Wendy says:

      They have it at Missouri star. It is moda. Regent st Lawn. I am absolutely crazy for it too

  19. Emily says:

    This tutorial was so easy to follow. Thank you!

  20. Sami says:

    Could you use minky fabric to make the tri color pillow case? I think that would be super comfy!

  21. Shelby says:

    Love your tutorial. Just finished making a set of tri color pillow cases for my guest room. So much fun to make. My daughter loved them too and wants to make some. This will be a great mother daughter project. Would love to donate also. Is the address still good?

  22. Cyndi says:

    i was recently gifted a lot of fabric from a friend. This will be a good way to pay it forward.

  23. Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing this ashley
    I hope many people read this and donate

    And do you know how to send it from Asia? Will it arrive?

  24. Kristina says:

    Yes, I don’t know how I missed this post until now, but my ward at church is specifically looking for service opportunities. Is it too late to donate? I looked at her blog with the link you posted, but I couldn’t find any guidelines.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hey Kristina,

      I just emailed Ani and she said the PO Box is still open and available. She let me know that any and all pillow cases would be appreciated and still delivered to children’s hospitals. A ward project would be perfect for this…..and a quick sew for the people who attend. Great idea! :)


    2. Kristina says:

      Thanks, Ashley!

  25. Jeanmarie says:

    Nice tutorial. I would like to help Bubba’s cause, but it’s obviously too late this year. Will they take cases for next year? It’s been hard to volunteer (let alone sew) with a toddler and a new baby, but this seems doable!

    1. Ashley says:

      I just talked to Ani and the same PO Box is open and you can still send donations there. The pillows will still be sent to children’s hospitals. I’m sure they would love to receive whatever pillow cases you make! :)

  26. Tasha says:

    Hi there!

    Just made a pillow case for my daughter – it’s super cute, and she’s thrilled! I think there’s a mistake in the tutorial though. I was making the basic pillow case, and when you’re making the cuff for the opening, the instructions state to have the 41″ sides on the left and right, and to hem the top. But this will make a pillowcase that is too long and narrow. You need to have the 41″ sides at the top and bottom, and then hem the top to make the pillow case opening. Once I ripped my first attempt and re-oriented the fabric, everything else was perfect. :)

    1. Pam says:

      Thank you for making this clarification. I thought I was going crazy! (: Although the tutorial is done exceptionally well for us beginners, the orientation of the fabric definitely makes the difference!

    2. Carolin says:

      I noticed this mistake too. You need to fold over the 41″ side and have the 31″ sides on the left and right.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Ugh. This just happened to me. So mad.

    4. Anonymous says:

      This needs to be corrected in you tutorial. I also just sewed the 4 inch flap down on the 31 inch side. I now have to rip my seam and start over.

    5. Ashley says:

      Tasha, thanks so much for catching that! That’s exactly what you are supposed to do and I mixed up the verbiage…..ack!

      And to the rest of you who had to un-pick seams………I am SO sorry! Nothing is more frustrating than un-picking seams. Especially when you were so precise with following directions. Really, I am so sorry about that. I have fixed the wording and read through the other pillow case styles to be sure the same mistake wasn’t there as well.

      Hope you are still able to enjoy some new pillow cases!


    6. Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon says:

      I followed the tutorial not once, but twice, thinking that I did something wrong. So I’m glad to see that the issue wasn’t me. But I’m pretty peaved that I now have two “pillow cases” that I can’t use for their intended purposes. The first one I salvaged as a travel laundry bag for undergarments. But the second time, seeing how incredibly long the finished piece was going to be, I lopped 6″ off…again thinking I must have done something wrong after reading and rereading and rereading the tutorial. So no amount of seam picking is going to save that one.

    7. Janel says:

      You can’t really complain when you’re getting a free tutorial, though! Thank you, Ashley, for a great tutorial, with beautiful pictures!

  27. Chelsea says:

    Just stumbled upon this post…does anyone know if the project is still going on? I know the post is over a year old so I wanted to check before I mailed off a few pillow cases. This is such a wonderful thing to do. Thanks!

    1. Chelsea says:

      Never mind, I read the date wrong! I mistake 2014 for 2013! The change of the year always confuses me :)

  28. Steven Jame says:

    Thanks Ashley for sharing this.I hope many people will get in to this.We can make better world with such initiatives.

  29. Joy says:

    The lengths seem a little short. I love the instructions, but I was disappointed when the standard size pillowcase instructions just barely covered the pillow and I had pillow peeking out the end. It would be nice if the instructions either pointed that out, or were adjusted to fully cover the pillow. I guess I should have looked more closely at the pictures.

  30. Sarah says:

    As I was laying here putting my sons to bed I started thinking about sewing projects. I remembered that I had pinned this tutorial not long ago but had not read it yet. I actually went straight to my Pinterest looking specifically for this with the thought of making pillowcases for hospitalized children! When I started reading I was blown away! I have never experienced the loss of a child, but my middle son was hospitalized for about a week last year. This little comfort would have meant so much to us, and I can only imagine the encouragement it would bring to those who endure much longer stays. I am so thankful the Lord led me to your site and confirmed a desire in my heart to reach a special group of families and children. Thank you!

  31. Jeanne says:

    I have been making plllowcases for years for my kids and grandkids names and favorite things on them. They still ask for them.

  32. Priscilla says:

    I really like your step by step instructions, thank You

  33. Sue says:

    Oh my goodness. I have been doing this for years for a friend of mine who works at a children’s hospital. I love doing this project!

  34. Susan Kannan says:

    Love this Story. Sorry I found This late aBe missed the deadline

  35. Kate says:

    This is a splendid idea. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Anne says:

    I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

  37. beckykim says:

    where do we mail these once they’re made? Sorry if I missed the details somewhere, but I can’t see it or a link to an address.

  38. cucicucicoo says:

    What heart-breaking stories. I’m awed by how these strong women turned their pain into strength, helping others. What a wonderful cause. <3 Lisa

  39. Katie says:

    What a wonderful cause! One of my local fabric stores did a charity night where people donated fabric and/or their time making pillowcases for donating to the children’s hospital, and I loved participating. I will need to whip up a couple to send to Team Bubba, thank you for sharing :)

  40. Debbie C says:

    Ashley, thanks again for such a clear, through tutorial! And all those measurements for each size…awesome!

  41. Anne says:

    I have yards of spiderman fabric I got on sale at joann’s. These pillow cases are the perfect use for the fabric!

  42. Diane says:

    This really warmed my heart at this wonderful, and busy time of year. I was planning to make a couple of minky pillow cases next week when my grand princesses come to visit. Now I might as well make extras and ship them off. What a wonderful project to do when we are being thankful.
    Thank you!

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome! And I kinda feel the same…’s the perfect time of year for this! Thanks for supporting these sweet children! :)

  43. Gwenyth says:

    I live in UK and we have Linus quilts which are made for poorly children,especially those in a hospice. I think this happens in USA too…I would live to do these pillow cases here but I suspect our laundry facilities would not be able to cope with it as they are out sourced and the children would not get their pillow case back. I will, with your permission enquire, though, purely on a local level at first.. It is such a great idea. I will reference your site if that is okay.
    Love to you for your kindness.

  44. Jacqui says:

    What an absolutely heartwarming Idea and a great way to show the true meaning of Christmas. Go team bubba :) hope a lot of pillows get donated to the cause!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Jacqui……and I agree!!!

  45. Andrea Nezan says:

    What a wonderful way to brighten the surroundings for the children and their families. I have 8 grandchildren and am always looking for other ways of giving back to our local Children’s Hospital and Ronald MacDonald House. I am going to add this to my list and start sewing up some pillow cases I have lots of flannel too, so I look forward to knowing if flannel and cotton are ok.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, that’s great…..your local children would love this, I’m sure!! And I’ll ask about the flannel for you! :)

    2. Lisa says:

      I wrote above bit will write here, also, in case it gets buried. I know that for children with cancer they do not want flannel it’s too hot for the kids. I know cotton is fine. I’m not sure the hospital takes them and washes them. I don’t think they would make it back to the right child.

  46. Jo Weston says:

    What a fabulous idea and so kind of you to share you know,edge so we can all help.
    I have recently lost my dear mum and was feeling very sad today so I read your page at just the right time.
    I help out once a month at our local Ronald McDonald house so I will get sewing and donate to them.
    Thank you again for your love and caring toward others and helping so many people that you don’t even know. You are truly a very special person.
    Love from JO in New Zealand.

    1. Ashley says:

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Such sad news to carry, I’m sure. But I’m glad the stories of these moms and their babes was a little helpful today. Best wishes and enjoy the rest of your day, Jo!


  47. Skyler says:

    Thanks so much for supporting such a sweet cause. I’ve been looking for to use up some leftover fabrics I have. Do you know if flannel is ok, or would they just prefer cotton?

    1. Lisa says:

      I know if it’s for children with cancer they do not want flannel. It’s too hot for the kids.

  48. Lisa says:

    Do you know when Team Bubba needs the pillowcases by? The reason they need to be unwashed is so they can be sterilized appropriately for the people in the hospital I think…they have to use special detergents, etc.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, I forgot to add that….thanks for noticing. December 19th is the deadline!

  49. Judy Wood Dickson says:

    I love this idea!!!! Thank you so much for giving such detailed instructions which I always need in projects. I LOVE your site and appreciate everything you do to help so many people in so many ways. Now, keep on keeping on which encourages us to keep on keeping on :-)

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome Judy! And thanks so much! :)

  50. Amanda says:

    What a great project! Do you know what the purpose is of leaving them unwashed? I usually wash my fabric immediately after purchasing it… will that be a problem? Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      Lisa made a good point about it below….but I’ll also ask Julie and get back to you. Thanks Amanda!

    2. Amy says:

      Maybe because of potential detergent allergies or sensitivities for the kids who receive them?

    3. Ashley says:

      I was thinking that too Amy……but I guess it’s okay to have pre-washed it afterall! I contacted Ani and she called a Child Life Specialist at a hospital nearby and they said it was fine. I’m assuming they’ll just wash them once they receive them. :)

    4. joyce says:

      I know this is way late. I was looking over other pillowcase projects while making my own. Sorry I missed this opportunity to contribute!

      I just wanted to mention that it is probably much safer to wash the fabric initially with some ind of non allergen or low allergen detergent. All of the fabrics we by have been ;sized’ or finished with some kind of compound- usually chemical, for commercial presentation, preservation and sale. If they are manufactured and finished in China, or some other countries, you don’t know if there is a control or standard on that process or not. This will also explain the sometimes drastic change in a fabric labeled as washable! :-) I work with fabric daily, and it can definitely be toxic. We always wash before we build anything, whether for dancers or singers.
      I hope this project went as well as you hoped. the stories are beautiful.


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