Sewing and Fiber Arts

woman sewing pillowcase at the Library

Library Patrons Give Back, One Pillowcase at a Time

Spirits soared in the Community Room this past June as residents of Glenview came together for a charitable cause—the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The challenge, from American Patchwork & Quilting, called for volunteers to craft pillowcases in hopes of donating a collective total of one million pillowcases to charities across the country. With that goal in mind, novice and experienced crafters alike gathered to partake in the challenge.

Eve Michelini of Reader Services was the visionary behind bringing the challenge to the Library. Though she and her volunteer instructor Marsha Gordon teach a variety of sewing classes at the Library, Eve thought that this program would be a special opportunity for both teens and adults to learn a life skill while also helping people in need. “It’s a service to yourself and a service to your community,” she said.

She expressed that a gift as small as a handmade pillowcase can show kindness and great care. A firm believer that working towards a shared goal can bring people together, Eve believes that the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge helped foster a sense of community in Glenview.

Patterns Used in Classes

Sewing and Fiber Arts Programs

Note: Adults must have a one-time liability waiver signed and on file before participating in all sewing classes. Teens must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

thread and buttons on a wood tableSew With a Friend

Thursday, January 31, 6-8 PM • Multipurpose Room • Adults & High School Teens

Learn the basics of operating a sewing machine and use your new skills to make a lined gift bag. You bring two coordinating fat quarters of fabric; we provide the rest. Registration and Glenview Library card required for each participant. Limit 8.

colorful threadOpen Sewing Studio

February 12, 2-4 PM • Community Room East • Ages 18+

Use the Library’s sewing machines and sergers to work on your own project or choose one of ours. Staff is available to provide basic instruction on projects and equipment, limited to beginning sewing topics. No online registration. Visit or call the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600 for questions and to register for a one- or two-hour session.