People who sew are just “sew” special!! We look forward every year to attending the Sewing Expo in Puyallup Washington. The show is held at the Western Washington fairgrounds and the buildings are a little spread out so.. Enter the people movers!! These handsome tractors “haul” the attendees from one building to the next which is great if your feet are tired and you have “over-indulged” at the many fabric and sewing related vendor’s booths.

We sponsor the Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and the Pillow Patrol Project. Attendees sew brightly colored pillowcases and bring them to the show to donate to Mary Bridge. Mary Bridge gives every child who is a patient a pillowcase to make their hospital bed a little brighter. They use an average of 500 cases a month.

The attendees at this years show donated a grand total of 4,030 pillowcases topping last years number by over 1000!

The other amazing part of this project are the stories behind some of the pillowcases. The lady who brought these beautiful hand embroidered pillowcases told us that these were her pillowcases when she was a child. Her mother had embroidered the design. She removed the borders and sewed them to new pillowcases in hopes that they would comfort a little girl while at the hospital.

The lady who brought the pillowcase to the left, had been a patient at Mary Bridge when she was a child and wanted to give back by making a pillowcase that would comfort another child during a scary hospital stay.

We are looking forward to 2013. Can we hit 5000 cases?!?

About the Author

Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

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