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What’s What: Would you like to help kids fighting illnesses and injuries feel better so they can heal better? We thought so. 

Amava Take: A hospital experience can be terrifying and traumatic for children and their families. Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of childhood illness and injury. Their whimsical pillowcases, created by energetic and generous volunteers, give children an emotional boost and help them cope with the experience. To learn more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, watch their inspiring video. Ready to take action?

Question and Answers:

How do I get connected and start making pillowcases?

Your best bet is to find your local chapter. They’ll have information about drop offs, mail-ins and specific needs near you. Let them know you’re an Amava Member.

Are there directions available for sewing pillowcases?

Yes! Here they are.

How long does it take to sew a pillowcase?

Sewing a pillowcase takes a few minutes. 

What kind of fabric can I use to sew pillowcases?

The fabric needs to be 100% cotton. Please do not use fabric with glitter. Remember to use fun, colorful novelty prints! Check with the closest local coordinator for local hospitals specific requirements. For example: some hospitals do not allow flannel, and red fabrics tend to bleed. Some hospitals also do not accept holiday themed pillowcases. It is important to wash the fabric before sewing pillowcases and please do not use scented detergent or dryer sheets. 

Anything else I need to know?

When you send in or drop off your work please provide your name and address and tell them you’re an Amava Member. Send us a picture of what you sent to editor@amava.com too! 

Special Requirements: A sewing machine, some fabric and some basic sewing skills. 

Setting it Up: Find your local chapter and get in touch. If you have any questions, write to us at editor@amava.com and we’ll help you out.