APQ’s 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon is on the way!

APQ's One Million Pillowcase ChallengeAre you ready to sew for a good cause? Gather some colorful fabric and mark your calendar because it’s almost time for American Patchwork & Quilting’s third annual 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon!

APQ’s heartwarming mission to donate one million pillowcases to communities around the country is going strong. Last year, during sew-a-thon events held around the United States, 10,763 pillowcases were made and donated by generous sewists like you who put their skills to good use.

Want to help APQ reach their goal?


This year’s 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon runs Friday, September 16, through Saturday, September 17. You can find a shop near you that’s planning to hold a sew-a-thon by clicking here. Or host your own sew-a-thon at home. Invite friends to sew, socialize, and play with fabric!

If you happen to live near Des Moines, Iowa, you’re invited to stop by the Meredith Corporation from 3:00 p.m. on September 16, through 3:00 p.m. on September 17, to sew pillowcases for your local charities. Meet the APQ staff and get help making your pillowcase. Free supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Need a pattern? Simple—and 100% free—designs are available to download from APQ right now.

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Don’t forget to add all your completed pillowcases to APQ’s online pillowcase counter. You can donate pillowcases to these participating shops any time, so keep on sewing!

Have you made a pillowcase for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!








7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I’ve made the burrito pillowcases for Sweet Sleep. They serve foster children and children abroad providing beds and bedding for those without. Also…..

    Made cute pillowcases for an emergency shelter during the hurricane Katrina evacuation. We had these guests in Tennessee for several months.

    —Marianne on August 24, 2016
  • Trying to find a particularly paying store within 10 miles of Hazelwood, mo. Why is this so hard?

    —Martha on August 24, 2016
  • Recently, my friend and I donated 24 pillowcases to the IWK Children’s
    Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    K. Stevens

    —Kay Stevens on August 24, 2016
  • Can Canadian sewers enter and if s send the finished n where?

    Yes, Canadian sewers can donate as well! Just click on the link (it’s in the post) and you’ll be able to type in your town and province for a list of participating shops.
    Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Janet on August 24, 2016
  • Our guild goes to a bereaved-children’s camp every summer and helps them sew pillow cases to remember their lost loved one. Sometimes they bring articles of clothing or something that reminds them of the family member who died. They vary from wanting them plain (just dad’s plaid shirt, or an animal print) to very fussy with lace, and buttons, and applique, etc. Very touching!

    —JanG on August 25, 2016
  • I have been making them for several years and for several different organizations. They are a quick break from larger projects and I know they are appreciated.

    —Billie Fellers on August 26, 2016
  • Two friends & I got together Sept 25th & made a baker’s dozen of happy pillowcases; they have been handed off to The Bag Ladies of Springfield/Republic, MO (non-profit) to be given to kids & teens in abuse & homeless shelters in our area. Thank you! pj stitches!

    —Paulette J Bergman on October 9, 2016

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