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The One Million Pillowcase Challenge

 ​Capital Quilters “Give Back” with donations to community charities


In 2010, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine challenged communities to “make a pillowcase, make a difference” by setting a goal of donating a national total of one million pillowcases to local charities in individual communities.  Capital Quilters took on this challenge by adopting the Million Pillowcase Project as a Service project.  

As of November 2020, communities across the country have contributed 996,410 cases!  And Capital Quilters have donated over 3,200 pillowcases to charities in our community!

The guild dedicates a monthly workshop, usually April, to work on charity projects.  Just at this annual guild event alone, Capital Quilters has made 700 pillowcases over the past 10 years!  The guild supplies fabric for pillowcases and members supply the sewing talent. In addition all through the year our guild members sew and contribute pillowcases for the project. Other gracious sewers in our community participate too.

Our local quilt shops, Sewing Machines Plus! in Mandan, and Bismarck Sewing and Quilting are both local drop off points for completed pillowcases.  The shops generously collect pillowcases made by members of the community.  The shops contact Capital Quilters to distribute these cases along with those made by our members to 25 charity organizations in the Bismarck/Mandan area. ​

The organizations are:  


  • CHI St. Alexis Pediatric
  • Amber's Dream (Sanford Pediatric)
  • AARC Pam's House
  • AARC Diane Zainhofsky's Hope House
  • AARC Bonnie's Apartments
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • PATH (foster care)
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Tracy's Sanctuary
  • Carrie's Kids
  • Salvation Army
  • Pride Manchester House and Hope Home
  • AID Incorporated
  • Welcome House
  • BECEP
  • Community Action
  • Dakota Children's Advocacy Center
  • ND Teen Challenge
  • Ministries on the Margin
  • Families in Transition (Mandan Public Schools)
  • Hope Manor (Sober Living-Home for Women)
  • Heart River Bridges of Hope (YCC-Mandan)
  • Youthworks
  • CHI Hospice (Health at Home Project)
  • Porter Place


Join us in this worthwhile mission.  Deliver your completed pillowcases to Jean Wolf or Shelly Doyle at a guild meeting, or to one of the drop-off quilt shops.  It's a great and worthy use of that fabric in your stash you are no longer in love with!

The “Roll It Up” pattern is free and available at www.allpeoplequilt.com along with other pillowcase tutorials.  The Magic Pillowcase tutorials are also great. Here are a few of our favorites:


Shabby Fabrics with Jennifer Bosworth


Sew Very Easy - border print