Using your sewing skills for a good cause

operationSlumberParty outlined 231x300 Using your sewing skills for a good causeNot that sewing those yoga pants isn’t for a good cause but, if you are looking for ways to put your sewing skills to a more charitable use Operation Slumber Party & Light Up The Night Campaign are looking for seamstresses and sewists of all types to help make their goal of making 1000 pillowcases.

This event is inspired by Josh Weil who lost his battle with cancer, the family does something special in his name every year.  Josh died when he was 3 and 2013 is the tenth anniversary of his passing.  The family wanted to do something big and helpful to other sick children and families.  An idea was born to make pillowcases for the Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis, Minnesota In Memory of Josh Weil.

Josh’s sister Grace who is in the 2nd grade is helping spearhead this campaign of getting 1000 pillowcases made.  And, this is where all the lovely and awesome seamstresses and sewists out there come in!

Here is what you can do.

SEW A  PILLOWCASE Standard Sized 21 x 32 finished.   Clean 100% cotton, 100% cotton flannel.  No fleece and no buttons or anything that could be a choking hazard, please. 

Next, go to their website where all the details, specifications and other information is.  If you are in their area they have local drop boxes and sew-alongs too!

Not in the area, here is the address where you can send your completed pillowcase. (Please mail in pillowcases by May 15th 2013 to the address below.)

Operation Slumber Party
6117 Heritage Circle
Golden Valley, MN  55422

Want to do more? On their website there is a list of things you can do or donate.They are always in need of thread and fabric.  Also, Josh loved playing at night with flashlights while in the hospital.  They are taking donations of new flashlights or fun night lights to help Light Up The Night!

Please visit their Facebook page for updates, photos and more!

Check in again, we’ll post photos from the event and see if they got to their goal.  I’m betting they’re going to surpass it!

 Using your sewing skills for a good cause

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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One Response to Using your sewing skills for a good cause

  1. Birdie Cade says:

    So many ways you can make this dress be great for work or for dinner out!