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Boating club members sew pillowcases for children’s hospital

By Staff | May 1, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED All the seamstresses gathered around their work.

In late March, 13 women were seen carrying sewing machines, irons and ironing boards into the Harbour House at the St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers.

A community sewing project was being set up with one goal in mind: to make as many pillowcases as possible from pre-prepped fabric kits over the next few hours.

With fabric donated by Vicki Ross, support and encouragement by Joanne Heroy-Giller, and volunteers recruited from the SCYC and the America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva, roughly five dozen French-seamed, bright, cheerful and somewhat funky pillowcases were created.

For five hours, six experienced seamstresses kept their machines working steadily, while the other women “burrito-ed” the kits, kept fabric flowing around the room from one stage to another, and manned the ironing boards pressing seams.

The women also enjoyed a luncheon on the screened lanai midway through the day, with cookies by Chef Justin providing just the right dose of energy to see them through the rest of the afternoon.

PHOTO PROVIDED Rows of pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

The approximately five dozen pillowcases will be donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as part of the Ryan’s Case for Smiles project.

Another Pillow Case Project is tentatively set for the fall.

To donate fabric, funds to purchase more fabric or to volunteer, contact Commander@SanibelCaptivaSPS.org.

For more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, visit caseforsmiles.org.