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CQQG Community Service Directions for Creating Smiles


How to make:   

   Pillowcases To Cheer Patients

  • We are making pillowcases in association with Ryan's Case for Smiles for children and teens at area hospitals.
  • These pillowcases bring smiles to many faces.

    • Finished size: Standard Pillowcase: 20" x 31"
    • Note: Please pre-wash fabric before stitching and then wash completed project in HOT water with fragrance free soap.
    • Supplies: 3/4 yard fabric for body - cut 27" x WOF (Width of Fabric).- Border - 10 " x WOF; 1/2 yard fabric for border - cut 10" x WOF.
Sewing Instructions:
    1. With the border of the pillowcase laying right side up on the surface in front of you, take the body of the pillowcase and place it right side down on top of the border.
    2. Match up the corners of the short 27” end of the body to the 40 1/2” end of the border, so that you can no longer see the border in front of you. Make sure to keep the two edges of the fabrics together for the next few steps.
    3. Roll up the other short end of the body until you are about an inch or two away from the other end.
    4. You should see the other end of the border peeking out from underneath the body. Take that edge of the border and fold it over the rolled-up body aligning its corners with the other two pieces of fabric on the other side.
    5. Pin these three layers of fabric together and sew a 1/2” seam along that edge taking out the pins as you go along.
    6. You will begin to see the "hot dog" and "bun" analogy, with the body rolled up as a "hot dog" inside the border which is acting as the "bun."
    7. On either end of this "bun" piece, you will see the rolled-up body inside the sewed-up border. 
    8. Roll back the border while simultaneously pulling out the body from within.
    9. Your pillowcase is almost complete! All that's left is two more seams, which are done by folding the pillowcase in-half with the wrong side facing out and sewing along the bottom and side of the pillowcase.  Make a perfect smile by finishing your seams by using a French seam or a Serger seam.
    10. Turn the pillowcase inside-out, and you finally have your finished pillowcase!
                Check out the site that includes directions for French Seam finishing pillowcase and various other pillow cases -
                Thanks to All Peoples Quilt providing video and directions on line for your convenience - otherwise enjoy the site!
Smile knowing you have brought a smile to a sick child!  THANK YOU!!!

   Preemie Quilts for Local Hospital Intensive Care Unit:
  • Finished size: 18 x 22 inches (can be a bit bigger but no smaller)
  • One side must be flannel (flannel on both sides is ok, too).
  • No batting.
  • They can be machine or hand quilted.

   Breast Cancer Pillows
  • Cut two pieces of fabric, 7 1/2" x 11 1/2".
  • One side can be pieced but one side must be solid.
  • Sew both pieces right sides together leaving an opening for turning right side out.
  • After turnihg, stuff firmly and sew opening together.
  • Finished size: 7 x 11 inches.

   Meals on Wheels Placemats
  • Placemats can be 16 to 18 inches long and 11 1/2 to 13 inches wide.
  • They can be rectangular, octoganal or oval.
  • They can be pieced or appliqued.
  • Please do not use any 3-D embellishments.
  • Placemats should be quilted.
  • Plain basic placemats or those with a special holiday theme are a wonderful way to say "we care!" to those served by Meals on Wheels.

   Lap Robes:
  • Simple lap robes 45 by 60 inches are wonderful for patients at Cedarbrook and the Phoebe home.
  • They may be pieced, quilted or tied.
  • Using a thin batting, they may be backed with flannel.

   Hospital Donation Teddy Bears

   Camp Erin Quilts
  • Healing For Kids and Teens Bereavement Camp - 50 x 70 inches quilt


   Veterans' Quilt of Valor
  • Use of military-branch-specific fabrics (Army, Navy, etc.) or non-“patriotic” fabric (overly floral),  unless the recipient is known in advance, may create difficulty in identifying a recipient.
  • A Quilt of Valor is to be large enough to cover an average-sized adult, with an ideal size approximately 60” x 80.”
  • Finished size can be no smaller than 55” x 65” and no larger than 72” x 90.”
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  • Click HERE for directions for the QOV 2023 National Block Drive - Split Back Star Block


  • Thank you in advance.
   Medical Protection Masks
  • Click on this link to get to the directions page.

  Cutting Tips For Improv Piecing with Sarah Goer

    These instructions were used to make mug mats.  Click on this LINK to go to the Instruction Page

     The fabric dimensions are: 
  • Three 5" squares in a variety of solid colors or prints
  • Three 5 1/2" squares coordinating with the fabrics chosen for the 5" squares
  • Three 4 1/2" squares of batting. 

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