Come to “Pillowcases for a Cause”- Friday, August 3, 2018- FREE Event with Instruction Provided

Several times in the past, Mission Hospital’s Volunteer Engagement Team has hosted an event in support of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, Miles of Pillowcase Smiles campaign. One of our very own volunteers, Wendy Klemann, is very active in this organization. All of the pillowcases from our Western North Carolina Chapter of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, bring smiles all year long, to pediatric patients fighting serious illnesses and their siblings at Mission Children’s Hospital. On August 3rd, we will be sewing even more miles of smiles as we will be hosting a summer pillowcase sewing day!

You are invited for a drop-in sewing event:

When?: Friday, August 3, 2018, from 9:00am to 6:00pm (drop-in; 1 case takes less than 1 hour to produce)

Where?: Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC: St. Joseph’s Campus, 2nd Floor in the Quality Room (just outside the cafeteria)

Doing What?: Sewing brightly colored, child-friendly pillowcases for PEDS patients and their siblings.

Instruction: This pattern is very simple to make, and no sewing experience is required, just a desire to bring a smile to a child! Several experienced sewers will be around to help teach. Nancy Critcher-White will be presenting a brief tutorial that will be recorded for any home sewers that would like to contribute to the cause on an ongoing basis.

Multiple sewing machines will be available and ongoing assistance will be provided. If you would like to bring your own sewing machine you are more than welcome to do so.

We will have some fabric available, but if you would like to bring your own or pick out your own fabric, you will need a kid-friendly fabric, 100% cotton. Each pillowcase requires ¾ yard for the body of the case and 1/3 yard for a coordinating band at the top. Walmart and JoAnn have so many cute children’s fabrics, reasonably priced. Holiday prints, (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) are all perfectly fine.

ryan's case for smiles

To learn more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, check out their website at  Not only does this organization provide pillowcases for children, but it provides resources and support for parents, caregivers and healthcare workers as well.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is one of the few nonprofits helping children cope with the treatment of cancer and serious illnesses. Donate and learn how to help now!

Author: blueridgemtntwinmama

Blue Ridge Mtn native. Trying to live my best life and achieve "good person" status. Wife to a freelance/self-publishing author, A.D. White, and mama to my cute, funny, and mischievous b/g twin babies. I also have a day job as an HR, OD, Engagement, and Leadership professional in the hospital & health care industry. I have an associate's degree in Art, a bachelor's degree in Ethics and Social Institutions, and a masters' degree in Entrepreneurship. I write about my gorgeous life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC, raising twins, strengths-based leadership, and I even write about business and the entrepreneurial spirit sometimes. Dang, I love a good side hustle!

3 thoughts on “Come to “Pillowcases for a Cause”- Friday, August 3, 2018- FREE Event with Instruction Provided”

  1. Nancy,
    This is such a sweet event. I didn’t know there was a program like this at Mission. I’ve heard of the Linus Project, but not Ryan’s Case for Smiles. I cannot imagine how hard it would be for a child and parents to have to stay in the hospital, but I can imagine a simple thing like a colorful pillowcase could make a small difference to a sick child or their siblings. I am going to try to make it to your event. I’m not great at sewing, but your description makes me believe I can do it!

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    1. No worries if you can’t make it. But….if you can come for a little while, it’s pretty much an all day event and I guarantee I can teach you to sew a pillowcase. 🙂

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  2. I love this idea , it is no nice for children and adults. It’s very caring and thoughtful. People love to have a keep sake item from an event . Especially one you can cuddle up with. And most people want to learn how to sew. Little girls would love this event so they could learn to patch up their dolls and teddy bears. Awesome idea, good luck with future events!

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