Students sew for youth shelter


Grade 7 students at Diamond Willow Middle School kick-started their sewing techniques into action recently, after creating more than 45 pillowcases that are being donated to the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter (YES).

By Jasmine Franklin

Grade 7 students at Diamond Willow Middle School kick-started their sewing techniques into action recently, after creating more than 45 pillowcases that are being donated to the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter (YES).

“The idea was youth giving to youth,” said Anne Marie Christopher, fashion studies teacher. “They were really good at grasping that idea.”

About 30 students worked together on the “One Million Pillowcases” project that challenges community members across North America to sew or quilt pillowcases for those in need.

This class decided YES was a perfect recipient for the cause.

“It feels good to do this because there are kids in need,” said Michaela Hemeyer, 13. “It’s a good cause and it’s a lot of fun.”

Each student made at least one pillowcase with all fabrics donated by Dots Fabrics and Crafts. Students have been working on the project for about three weeks.

Adam Rowland, 13, sewed two pillowcases and is in his first year of fashion studies. He would do a project like this again should he get the opportunity.

“It makes you feel very good inside,” Rowland said.

For more information on the cause visit www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases