Pillowcase for Charity - Standard Pillowcase Instructions

Required Yardage             

Main Piece                            7/8 yard
Border/Cuff                          1/3 yard

 Cut as Follows

Main Piece                            27” x 40-41”               Determine which piece is the longest
Border/Cuff                          11-10” x 40-41”         and cut both pieces that length


 Step 1            Lay border piece right side up.
                        Lay main piece of pillowcase right side up on top of border piece
                             - line up raw edges at top.  Stick a few pins to keep together.

Step 2             Roll up the main fabric from the bottom up to keep it out of the way.
                        Bring the bottom edge of the border piece to the top edge, matching
                        and pinning all the raw edges together.

 Step 3            Stitch a ¼” seam along the pinned edge.  You now have a tube of fabric.
                        Turn the tube inside out and press the border so it lays nice and flat.
Sewing the final seams:

  This can be done either with a serger or French seams.  The following instructions are for French seams.

Step 4             Put the wrong sides together and sew a ¼” seam.  Clip the corners,
                        turn wrong side out and press.

Step 5             With right sides together, sew a ½” seam, enclosing the seams.
                        DO NOT CLIP CORNERS!
                        Turn pillowcase right side out and you have yourself a pillowcase!

To donate to charity:

Wash the pillowcase in unscented, clear detergent and dry using an unscented dryer sheet.  Iron the pillowcase and fold it so it fits into a new, clean quart size baggie.

The Allatoona Quilt Guild pillowcases will be donated to “Ryan’s Case for Smiles”.  In 2017, the Guild donated 500 pillowcases to the Georgia Chapter.

​​2019 Community Service Information 


The Guild makes comfort quilts for children of all ages and for adults in distress. The quilts are given to the Acworth Police Dept. who share quilts with other agencies (Ex. Safepath Child Advocacy & GA State Patrol).  An example of how they use our quilts: if a child is taken out of a home or has been in an accident, Acworth PD will try to comfort that child with a quilt.  The quilt is theirs to keep. 


A comfort quilt doesn’t have to be fancy or spectacular; it needs to be colorful, warm and provide security.  This year I am asking members to “pledge” to make one (1) comfort quilt; this is not a challenge.  It is a “promise” you are making to the children and adults of Acworth and surrounding communities.

Please try to keep the maximum size of the quilt to a twin size (around 54” x 75” – this is just a guide). Quilts larger than a twin we find are too big and too heavy for use by a child or an adult who maybe in assisted living or nursing home (those beds are usually twin size).

 Make sure the quilt has a label that is sewn on to the back of the quilt. Pin a paper label with your name to the quilt – it will be removed before donation.

The Guild will continue to donate pillowcases to “Ryan’s Cases for Smiles.”

 Pillowcases must be:

            1. Made of 100% cotton fabric*

*Quilt Shop Quality Flannel may be used; however, both the body of the pillowcase and the cuff must be flannel (no non-flannel fabric).

2. Should be bright, cheery and colorful

3. Must not have skulls, guns or glitter

4. Must be laundered using fragrance-free detergent and dryer sheets

5. Must be ironed, folded and place in a new quart size zip lock bag


We have five Community Service days in 2019:

            January 29      October 29
            April 30            December 19 (Third Thursday)
            July 30
Time:  10 AM – 3:30 PM

Lunch:  Will be provided; you will need to bring your beverage and a snack or dessert to share.


 One annual charm for a comfort quilt or 5 pillowcases will be awarded.

1.  First time donating a quilt or 5 pillowcases (you have not donated in 2016 thru 2018)

 – you will receive a pin with a charm

2.  When you make a donation in 2019; you will receive a charm to add to your pin.

3.  If you make subsequent donations during 2019

 – regular awards are given through the Awards chairperson at Show & Tell

4.  For pillowcases, if you are donating 5 or more, it will help if you put them in a bag with your name. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME IN/ON THE QUART BAG.

 With you name on your donation, I will be able to keep track of awards given in 2019.

Any questions please contact Carolyn Shea, 20189 Community Service Chair

​​Allatoona Quilters' Guild

Number of Quilts made in 2018:  163

Number of Pillowcases made in 2018:  568