ConKerr Cancer Georgia takes pride not only in providing bright, fun pillowcases, but also in well constructed ones. Please remember, we provide special pillowcases for kids up to 20 years old. Here are some important tips to ensure our kids get just the pillowcase they have been dreaming of;
DO use fun, colorful novelty prints for the pillowcase body and coordinating solids or small fun prints for the border (dots, stripes, etc.) Keep it fun!!! The pictures on this page are a good example of what we need.
DON'T use adult looking fabrics; color or patterns. We have been receiving many outdated looking florals that aren't appropriate for the kids.
DO focus on more pillowcases for the older teens, particularly teenage boys. Great ideas for teen boys; collegiate fabrics, cars, billiards, bowling, soccer, skateboarding, skiing, football, baseball, please make sure that when choosing these it is not the more juvenile looking version of these prints. They are easy to find in every fabric or quilt store.
DO read our important washing & packaging directions below.
If you DO use straight pins while sewing, be
sure to remove them all. Yes, there have been pins found in donated
DON'T tuck any cards or advertisement for your business in your donated pillowcases. Please understand that due to hospital policy, we aren't able to accept pillowcases with any notes of a religious nature.
Please DO use 100% cotton fabric for all your pillowcases.
This is a big one, please DON'T use the following fabrics for our ConKerr Cancer Georgia pillowcases;
* Polar fleece
* Flannel; some of the common flannel issues we have seen, shrinkage problems
between border & body and when washed, fabrics tend to bleed & pill. The
narrow width of most flannels available has caused many sewers to leave
the wording in the border showing in the side seam. If you have purchased
flannel, go ahead and use it. Next time you are purchasing fabric for our
pillowcases please buy 100% cotton.
* NO glitter on fabric
* Avoid fabrics with skull & crossbones, angels, patterns with other awareness
ribbons (breast or ovarian cancer).
* Please avoid using trims & paints (ribbon, fringe, lace, buttons, iron-on transfers, etc.).
Please NEVER use the following fabrics, and yes, we have received donations of pillowcases of all of these unsuitable fabrics. Unfortunately, we aren't able to deliver these to the kids.
* home dec fabric
* window sheer
* silk or satin
* rip-stop nylon
* Sunbrella type outdoor fabric
* swiss- dot (to bumpy on sensitive skin)
Pillowcase Sewing Instructions* - Supplies for standard pillowcase - 20 in. x 31 in. (approximate size)
3/4 yard 100% cotton novelty fabric for the case (please see fabric suggestions above)
1/3 yard 100% cotton complimentary fabric for the border (solids and small prints work the best)
Pillowcase Options -
- seam allowances are 1/2"
- fold the pillowcase body fabric selvage to selvage and then cut the body of the pillowcase 20 1/4" x 26 1/2" (when opened up it will be 40 1/2 x 26 1/2)
- fold the pillowcase border fabric selvage to selvage and then cut the border of the pillowcase 20 1/4" x 10 1/2" (when opened up it will be 40 1/2 x 10 1/2)
- with wrong sides together, fold the border in half lengthwise and press,
- place folded border piece on the right side of the body of the pillowcase and stitch together. Press seam down.
- fold, right sides together, and stitch down the side and across bottom.
- please either use a serger, or another method such as zig-zag, to finish your raw edges so they don't fray!
- turn to the right side, push corners out, double check your seams, wash, press and package.
If you would like to try the hotdog/burrito method of sewing here is a link to wonderful directions. This method makes a beautiful pillowcase in which the seam for the border and body is hidden.
Hotdog method Sheet.pdf)
Laundering & Ironing
- All pillowcases must be
washed prior to delivery to CC GA using fragrance & dye free
detergent if possible. Heavy scents can sometimes unsettle sensitive
- Please iron all pillowcases before bagging. While doing so PLEASE check for seams that might have come apart during washing. We have caught hundreds that have been packaged up with holes. We would hate to miss one and a child receives a pillowcase with a hole in it
- Don't use any starch when ironing please.
- Please make sure pillowcases are completely dry before placing in bag. We recently had some that weren't, they had black mold growing in the bag with the still wet pillowcase. Those had to be thrown and the remainder with that donation had to be removed, rewashed and placed in new bags. This could make a child with a compromised immune system very sick!
- Iron, fold and please, please make sure
that when folding your pillowcase that the "fun" fabric is showing.
Often the border fabric doesn't show how exciting your
pillowcase really is. Please make sure that the main "novelty" fabric
is being seen. If it isn't we have to take out and refold before
- Place in NEW quart size zip top bag.
- Please make sure that you include an official ConKerr Cancer enclosure card with each pillowcase. This lets the patient/family know the organization
providing it and that it has been laundered. See below for a link that will open up the print at home enclosure cards.
- We've had many pillowcases donated with adhesive mailing labels placed on each individual pillowcase zip tog bag. Each of these has to be re-packaged in a new bag.
click here for print @ home enclosure slips. (this file downloads a bit slow)
email case4smilesGA@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.