Handmade pillow cases bring colour to sick kids

Debra Palmer and fellow sewers have donated 1,000 handmade colourful pillow cases to BC Children's Hospital.

Sharon Adrian makes a pillow case during a group sewing get-together at Countryfolk Fabrics on Saturday.

Sharon Adrian makes a pillow case during a group sewing get-together at Countryfolk Fabrics on Saturday.

Above, Sharon Adrian makes a pillow case during a group sewing get-together at Countryfolk Fabrics on Saturday. About 15 people gathered that day to make 32 pillow cases to donate to BC Children’s Hospital.

The project was started six years ago by Debra Palmer whose granddaughter was born with a heart condition and admitted to Children’s. Palmer noticed there was very little colour in the hospital and decided to make bright-coloured pillow cases for the patients.

Over the years, about 1,000 pillow cases have been donated to the hospital, and about 600 of them have been made by Palmer. Her granddaughter, now seven years old, has even made four herself.

Those wishing to donate hand-sewn, standard-size pillows cases for kids at BC Children’s can drop them off at Countryfolk Fabrics at 5-45802 Luckakuck Way.