looking for a stash buster?

Pillowcases, lots of them (eleven to be exact).  A few for gifts and the rest for donating.

I figured I needed to seriously move some fabric the other day.  Natalie had been bugging me about a certain tiny flower print that had been sitting on the shelf forever – not knowing what I was ever planning on doing with it.  Well, we found a way to use it, and we did it together.  Yep, the girls both took turns helping me with the first few pillowcases. 

It was especially fun to show Natalie all the little things you need to know when you first start sewing, and she really liked it.  Up until about the third pillowcase, but you know how that goes. 
We followed Dana‘s handy pillowcase tutorial and we’ll hopefully be able to deliver them to the hospital this week for donation.  It feels really good to use up some of the old stack and to help kids in need at the same time. 

45 thoughts on “looking for a stash buster?

  1. SublimeHues says:

    I collect Fabric too, LOL! You have a Great collection!

  2. You have very beautiful fabrics!

  3. Liz Varley says:

    They are fabulouse and so colourful, thank goodness made with love from a little help from your little helper! Great to that you are donating to hospital and they should brighten anyone’s day!

  4. They turned out great!

  5. That’s a lot of pillowcases! They’re awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Beeshebags says:

    Hi Anna, great work as usual. hugs Naomi

  7. Rachael says:

    Ooh, they are gorgeous! I especially love the apple and raspberry colours together, yum! I’ll definately be having a go at some of these, thanks.

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  8. What a great idea! They look very happy.

  9. Dawn says:

    thanks for letting us know about this tutorial-i need to make some pillowcases to match my daughters’ new room

  10. These are great!!! What perfect destash project!

  11. Jess says:

    super cute and so thoughtful! how fun to sew with your girls too. 🙂

  12. Dawn says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial link, I think I’ll have to make some to donate to Seattle Children’s hospital! 🙂

  13. Love love these! Such a classy idea!

  14. Mary says:

    What a great idea! I really do need to use up some of my stash . . . might need to try this!

  15. Laura says:

    Your pillowcases are so colorful. I bet the kids will love them! It’s very sweet of you to dontate them.

  16. JuneBug says:

    Awesome! I love your fabric choices, and warms my heart to hear you sewing with your girl(s). I look forward to the day I start doing that with Lili (soon!)

  17. Marilyn says:

    What wonderful colors!!! I made pillowcases for Xmas Presents. If you want to see a really fun way to make them here a link Happy sewing!!

  18. Erin says:

    Your stash ROCKS! Haha! What a great idea and what a wonderful example you are setting for your daughter. Kudos!

  19. Amanda says:

    That’s a wonderful idea to donate them!!! I wish I had a stash as beautiful as yours. Your fabric is just so pretty!

  20. Tabitha says:

    What a great idea! I have to move some fabric out before I go shopping again, too and we can always use pillowcases.

  21. Great fabrics and your sewing is meticulous! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Emily says:

    So pretty! I love the fabric combos! I love that your girls helped too!

  23. Pam says:

    What a sweet thing to do and to include your daughters was especially special.

  24. What a wonderful thing to do with them! Kids would love something colourful in hospital with them. I do love them a lot. I wouldn’t mind making some myself. Golly I wish I had fabric that needed shifting!

  25. Mrs Bent says:

    I love the pillowcases and its so generous of you to donate them

  26. I love making these – such a quick, satisfying project. I donate mine to the children’s hospital and they are so appreciative!

  27. Angela says:

    I love these. What a great way to use up fabrics that are just sitting around taking up space!

  28. Katie says:

    These are great! 🙂

    Also, I just have to say, your stash is so stylish!

  29. con-tain-it says:

    Great job and great cause as well. I just finished 12 more Little Dresses for Africa if you are looking for another scrap-buster challenge…your fabrics are georgous and would be lovely Little Dresses.
    Fondly, Roberta

  30. Maxabella says:

    LOVE! Any chance you want to sell me some? You could give the funds to charity if you like? x

  31. QuiltyGirl says:

    I did the same thing last fall! I wanted to trim down my stash so I sewed up a ton of pillowcases for charity. 🙂

  32. Kristin says:

    Such cute fabric combinations and such a sweet gesture!!

  33. dana says:

    oh wow! you made so many! I love the colors you chose 🙂

  34. ayumills says:

    Aww you are so nice to use up your fabric by making cute pillows for donation. I’m so sure kids would love them – I would!

  35. Cindy says:

    These are adorable Anna and such a great idea to donate them!:)

  36. Robin says:

    Adorable! i love the colors!

  37. erica says:

    warms my heart. Good for you for being so generous with your time and resources! You are a great momma for teaching your kids about the importance of giving to those in need or those struggling with difficult times. You ROCK!

  38. Merry says:

    Your pillowcases are gorgeous! You really have a knack for putting colors and patterns together.

  39. so many pretty colors! Yesterday we unexpectedly put our youngest son in a toddler bed because he learned how to climb out of his crib. So of course I came back here to get the link to make him a new pillowcase for his big boy pillow. (which is an awful thomas the train fabric, but he went nuts over it so that’s all that matters!)

  40. hvanrow says:

    Thanks so much for this idea and tutorial. My 8 year old son has a friend in his class who has leukemia. She was able to return to school this year, but just received heart breaking news that she cannot return to school for the rest of the year. We were trying to think about something special we could do for her and this idea is perfect. When I asked my son what he thought he said, “great idea Mom, and let’s make it lime green because that’s her favorite color.”

  41. Jeni says:

    These are awesome! I really need to do a few stash-busting projects like these! 🙂

  42. Lea says:

    Gosh these are just beautiful. Fun fabrics and as a mama of a little one in and out of hospital, I know they will be well received. They will just pop against those hospital whites:)

  43. jayayceeblog says:

    Simply gorgeous … love the way you mix prints! I’m going to have to try this.

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