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Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon for Operation Christmas Child

Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide organization (run by Samaritan’s Purse) delivering shoebox gifts to children in need all over the world.

From May 1 to June 2, is making it our mission to collect 1,000 homemade pillow cases to donate to Operation Christmas Child. Welcome to our Sew-A-Thon!

Why 1,000 pillowcases? Our local OCC here in Illinois is hosting a Sew-A-Thon for homemade pillowcases this summer, and we'd love to be able to match their goal of sewing 1,000 pillowcases for kids worldwide.

A pillowcase in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift can be so much more than just a pillowcase. It can be a bag, blanket, or security item to a child in need.

How can you help? Make a pillowcase and mail it in to us and help us reach our goal! If you donate, you'll get an extra entry to win the Operation Christmas Child Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon Grand Prize Giveaway donated by Plaid!

More about Operation Christmas Child:

Betsy Burnett, Operation Christmas Child’s Area Coordinator for Three Rivers, IL, said “The goal is to not only bless a child in need with school supplies, personal care items, small toys and more, but to show God’s love in a tangible way to those hurting.”

“As a crafter, there are so many things you can make to put into a shoebox. Washcloths, jump ropes, toys, clothing, and more! When you create or make something, I believe you are sharing a part of your heart. What better place to share that part of your heart than with a child in need?” – Betsy Burnett

Read our full interview with Betsy Burnett!


Operation Christmas Child Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon Grand Prize Giveaway

Operation Christmas Child Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon Grand Prize GiveawayOperation Christmas Child Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon Grand Prize Giveaway

This giveaway is no longer active.
To celebrate our Sew-A-Thon, we're giving away a Plaid Christmas Sewing Kit Bundle valued $108.95! No donation is required to enter.

You can earn an extra entry by donating a pillowcase to our Sew-A-Thon! More details below.

Easy DIY Pillowcase Tutorial

Easy DIY Pillowcase Tutorial

Learn how to make a pillowcase with this step-by-step tutorial straight from our craft studio! This beginner sewing tutorial is perfect if you're just learning how to sew, because pillowcases are simple and easy sewing projects that you can make in no time. These DIY pillowcases are great for a quick upgrade to your bedroom, as a starter project that your teen or tween can make, or of course, for our charity drive!

Super Easy DIY Pillow Case

Super Easy DIY Pillow Case

More of a visual learner? Then you're in luck because we've got a handy sewing video that shows you each step of the sewing process. From how to sew your fabric together to simple French seams, this sewing video tutorial is exactly what beginner sewists need. You don't have to worry about any guesswork with our video on how to make an easy pillowcase.

How to Donate

To donate to our Sew-A-Thon, please mail your homemade pillowcases to:

c/o Prime Publishing LLC
3400 North Dundee Road
Suite 220
Northbrook, IL 60062

For an extra giveaway entry, please include a slip of paper inside your package with your full name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. You will recieve an extra entry per pillowcase donated.

To create your donation, we recommend using the free easy pillowcase tutorial provided on this page! (You aren't required to use this pattern, though.) Multiple pillowcase donations are welcome. Please send homemade, clean, unscented pillowcases in good condition - these are going to be given to little kids who need them!


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I am having some trouble understanding how a pillow case helps someone in need. To illustrate this, let me recall a type of "Sub for Santa" event in our area about 30 years ago. I volunteered to interview mothers who didn't speak English, since I could speak Spanish passably well, to find out their family needs wants for Christmas. However, I had forgotten the word for blankets, and this mother didn't seem to understand my word for sheets, so I asked if they needed things for their beds. She replied, "Oh, but we don't have any beds.." That was a big revelation about poverty to me, to realize the whole family was sleeping on the floor because they didn't have furniture! So my point is, maybe a pillow case isn't the best help if the person has no pillow----

I am a beginner sewer other than quilts. I am looking forward to making up pillowcases and then donating them to your Christmas program. These look super easy and what can be easier than when you offer a video along with a pattern. My mind is whirling with all the colors and patterns I can come up with. I think I will also be making these up for friends. I also have a group I like to support for homeless teens in our area. I think I will be doing a lot of sewing haha

I agree with you that the video makes these so easy to do and I love that you can design the pillowcase the way you like. I need to make some to donate too. A big thumbsup for your support for homeless teens. What a worth while thing to do there is so many in today society. Bless you. If everyone would just donate one just think how many we can come up with. I need to get my sewing machine going and look through my stash pile.

I want to know what the measurements are the pillow cases does anyone know?Thank you if you do

I just finished making a pillowcase to donate. Will be sending soon. The child doesn't need to know who gave it, he/she can feel the love in which it is given.

My favorite quick project is making an apron. I think this Pillowcase Sew-a-Thon is a great idea. Even children need a pillowcase and the ones donated will probably make their pillow special to them. Some people have so little that the smallest gift can make them feel special.

this is a good idea but right now so many are hungry and dying.....we need to feed them first!

What a super great idea! I am going to bookmark this page and I hope to donate a pillowcase and will let my sewing friends know as well... I have seen school bags for charity in the past and this is such a worthy thing and an honor to be a part of too... Thank you for the information and the opportunity! )


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