A Case for Smiles

One of the most wonderful things about working at Cottonseed Glory is the people I meet.  Last week, someone came in. Karen looked familiar because she works at my grandsons’ preschool.  She asked about the boys, remembering their names and all about them. Karen had two huge shopping bags with her. In them were nearly 200 pillowcasesKaren Decoste with the hundred plus pillow cases she made for ConKerr Cancer that she’d made during the summer. The pillowcases are to be given to children who are being treated for cancer. Anita Stroud distributes them through the ConKerr Cancer

It’s hard to think of children being so sick. It tugs at your heart. The ConKerr Cancer (say it out loud to get the title pun) website says that right now there are 44,000 children battling cancer in North America alone. The website gives much more information and is easy to read.

Cottonseed Glory holds the pillowcases until another volunteer gets them and takes them to be distributed.  If you’d like to make some, they would be greatly appreciated. Here are the instructions.

Supplies: 3/4 yard of fabric for the main part of the pillowcase.

1/3 yard of fabric for the border

Sewing instructions:

1. Cut the body of the case 26 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ and the border 1 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.

2. Fold the border in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.

3 place the right side of the border on the right side of the body of the case. Stitch together using 1/2″ seam allowance.

4. Place right sides together and stitch down the side and across the bottom of the pillowcase.  Turn right side out and press.

Con Kerr Center asks that you please wash the pillow case and palce it in a quart size ziplock bag for the protection of oncology children.

If you can’t sew, but still would like to contribute, the Con Kerr website has instructions for making a no sew polar fleece pillowcase.

Can you imagine making nearly 200 pillow cases? What a labor of love. Karen said, “Well, I’m off in the summer.” She’s unassuming and dedicated with a gentle, positive attitude. She added, “It really cheers the kids up to have one of these.” Karen used bright fabric, sometimes called novelty prints, to amuse and cheer the children. Meeting someone like Karen brightened my day, too!

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