September is National Sewing Month and what better way to celebrate sewing than by using your skills to help others in need.
You may have heard of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine's One Million Pillowcase Challenge. As the name suggests, APQ is challenging quilters, sewers and crafters to donate one million pillowcases to local charities. To date, over 570,000 pillowcases have been donated!
This weekend, American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting their first One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-hour Sew-A-Thon starting tomorrow, Friday September 19th at 3:00 pm and running through Saturday, September 20th at 3:00 pm. APQ is hosting the sew-a-thon at their headquarters in Des Moines, but stitchers across the country will be participating in the sew-a-thon and donating pillowcases to this great cause.
Check out APQ's sew-a-thon website for more information. You can find a participating shop or group in your area at: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/24-hour-sew-thon-shops. You can also participate virtually in the sew-a-thon or follow along on the website or on facebook to see touching stories, pictures of events, and help count the pillowcases donated. And if you'd like to make your own pillowcase, APQ has great free patterns on their website -- my favorite is the "Roll It Up" pattern.