Ryan’s Case For Smiles

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Case for Smiles, makes pillowcases to put a smile on the faces of children awaiting chemotherapy in area cancer hospitals.  We continue to support this incredible project and in September we again contributed hundreds of pillowcases. Instructions are listed below.  (use Print Friendly Button to print only what you need).

This is a great opportunity to team up and create a pile of pillowcases – and is a great stash buster.  Provides that excuse to go out and buy more fabric!  Not that we usually need an excuse.  For more information on the Case For Smiles Project go to  www.caseforsmiles.org/

Pillow Case Instructions

• Use cheery fabrics for kids – colorful and fun as possible
• Remember many patients are adolescent boys and girls, we always need  pillowcases appropriate to teenagers


• 3/4 yard of fabric for pillowcase
• 1/3 yard of fabric for border of pillowcase

Sewing Instructions:

• Cut the body of the case 26 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ and the border 10 1/2″ x
40 1/2″.
• Fold the border in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together,
and press.
• Place the right side of the border on the right side of the body of
the case. Stitch together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
• Place right sides of the pillowcase together. Stitch down the side
and across the bottom. Turn to the right side and press.

NOTE: Make sure to wash the fabric for the protection of the children with
suppressed immunity. In addition, please place each pillowcase in its own
ziplock bag.

Formerly, ConKerr Cancer, the organization is now named Ryan’s Case for Smiles (Case for Smiles for a short name).

Special Event – For the second year Calico Cutters Guild members have helped with the West Chester University ConKerr Pillow Case Sewing event.  The students were very thankful for our help.

We even made splash on the cover of the University newspaper!   Our President-elect is now famous!

Lynne Laino and Ronnie Connors at the WCU ConKerr event. Sharon Sharp and Chris Qaddoumi also attended.

Lynne Laino and Ronnie Connors at the WCU ConKerr event. Sharon Sharp and Chris Qaddoumi also attended.





Linda Duguay Wood also sent us a charming story about her granddaughter Bridget:

Bridghet Conkerr Pillowcases

Last year, Cindy Kerr, came to a Calico Cutters guild meeting with bolts of fabric to make pillow cases. I spied the fabric with hearts on it and some coordinating solid pink fabric for the borders. My daughter’s birthday is Valentine’s Day so I thought, “Perfect fabric! A charity project with some straight seams on heart fabric so Bridget can practice her sewing skills!” Bridget sewed ten pillowcases for children with cancer and donated them. She made the pillowcases to learn about charity, the importance of reaching out to others in their time of need, and also to strengthen her sewing skills.  She practiced her sewing skills and learned a lot. A wonderful learning project for her and a terrific bonding time for us both. Thanks Conkerr.org!