Presentation: How to sew a fun pillowcase for PEDs patients.

On Friday 8/3/18, my team and I held a special event to sew pillowcases for PEDS patients at Mission Children’s Hospital, part of Mission Health, in Asheville, NC. As part of this sewing day, we also recorded a couple of “how to” videos with the hopes of engaging home sewers and volunteers who want to join us for our first Friday of the month sewing events. We ended up teaching several folks to sew, six more seasoned sewers attended, and we had dozens of folks who wandered into our conference room just to see what the “buzz” was all about.

sewing day 1

I’m no stranger to presentations. I teach some sort of class almost every week at work. I’ve spoken at regional, national, and international conferences on topics from: “Engaging Gig Workers” to “Overhauling Performance Management with a Strengths-Based Approach” but I’ve never taught sewing, until now. Here’s my professional presentation video:

I hope you will consider sewing pillowcases at home for our littlest patients or dropping by for our September sewing day:

  • 9/7/18 9am-4pm,
  • Mission Hospital, St. Joe Campus, 2nd Floor, Quality Room (just outside the cafeteria).

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!