Pillowcases for Rwanda: An Update Plus a Dye Idea

I am so overwhelmed by and supremely grateful for the wonderful response my sister Hannah and I have gotten to our project to outfit the pediatrics ward in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda with lots of cheerful pillowcases.  Every time I get another email, I do a little cheer for the children in the ward.  Thank you for joining in and giving your time and energy and particularly for sharing the project with your friends and family.

I want to give a special thanks to Bonnie over at Wonderfully Awkward, who has been quite the cheerleader for us, sending me encouraging emails and tweets while she shared my project not only with her facebook and twitter followers but also with Craft Gossip, leading to the project getting its own post on that site.  So a special thank you also to Anne from Craft Gossip.  I've gotten a number of emails just since the post went up last night!

I can't wait until all those pillowcases start arriving!

And yesterday, I got a little package of fabric in the mail from Hawthorne Threads that is going to make one fabulous pillowcase!


I saw the fabric (Marrakech in Artisian by Valori Wells) used in a project online, and I knew I had to have it.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I got a shipment notice basically seconds after I ordered it, and my package came the very next day.  I was quite impressed with the service at Hawthorne Threads.  I'll definitely be using them in the future, and they have a great selection if anyone is looking for fabric.  I still want to pick up some ribbon and accent fabrics for mine.

And for those of you who aren't big into sewing but are interested in dying some pillowcases, I came across this really cool tutorial the other day.  If you haven't made yours yet, this might be a fun idea.

The Art Girl Jackie has a project for dying t-shirts (or pillowcases!) with sharpies and rubbing alcohol, two things you might already have at home.  She completed the project with her daughter, and I'd say the results are pretty cheerful!


Thank you again to all of those who are making pillowcases.  I can't wait to share them with the children at the pediatrics ward!