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Ryan’s Case for Smiles Guidelines

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Donations are now closed. Thank you for your generous sewing donations! Please visit Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ main website to see if there is a late drop off location near you.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at our partner hospitals, at this time, we are asking for pillowcase donations to not be laundered and bagged when donated to our chapters.

How To Sew A Pillowcase Directions (click here)

***It is important to wash the fabric before sewing pillowcases and please do not use scented detergent or dryer sheets. *** Fabricana will be washing the pillowcases a second time to guarantee cleanliness, but all fabrics should be pre-washed before donation to avoid seam ripping, fraying, colour bleeding, or tears.

What kind of fabric can I use to sew pillowcases?

  • Fabric needs to be 100% cotton. Please do not use fabric with glitter or metallics.
  • Remember to use fun, colourful novelty prints! (Holiday themed, winter themed, and child prints! These pillowcases can be used year round too! Pillowcases for teenage boys and girls are always needed)
  • We do not accept ‘No-sew pillowcases’. 
  • Please avoid accessory pieces like buttons, or appliques that may come loose and pose a choking hazard for smaller children

Wash pillowcases in unscented detergent, iron and place in a quart or gallon ziplock bag. Please make sure all pins are removed and the pillowcases are sewn properly. Fabricana is accepting Flannel pillowcases at this time. Please note, lower quality Flannels do not always last multiple washes, especially in industrial hospital washing machines, be sure to select high quality flannel if you are sewing your pillowcases from flannel.

Drop off locations will be at Fabricana Richmond (110 – 4591 Garden City Rd Richmond, BC V6X 2K4, Canada) and Fabricana Coquitlam (1348 United Blvd Coquitlam, BC V3K 6Y2, Canada) during store hours. We will be accepting drop-offs from November 5th 2021- November 26th 2021. This guarantees our volunteers enough time to re-wash all pillowcases and distribute them to the participating hospitals during December. Drop-off bins will be located by the front entrance.

Thank you for your generosity! And happy sewing!

Ryan Case for Smiles’ Website.


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