HOT SPRINGS -- Making "Hot Dog" pillowcases was among the outstanding record book projects recognized during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 7.
The Busy Bees Extension Homemakers Club of Carroll County was among the 75 local clubs and county councils honored during the awards ceremony held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The 5,000-member state Council is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. During 2011, the members contributed 478,846 hours of volunteer service statewide for an estimated value of more than $10 million.
The state Council is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Extension Homemakers/Home Demonstration work in Arkansas.
The Busy Bees Extension Homemakers Club members had three workshops making pillowcases using the "Hot Dog" method.
In the fall, they set up a booth at the Carroll County Fair with examples and instructions on how to use the "Hot Dog" method.
Forty-nine copies of instructions were distributed. Twenty-four pairs of pillowcases and one quilt were delivered to Hospice of the Hills in Harrison.
Eighteen pillowcases were given to the Carroll County Department of Human Services for children. The colorful material was cut, sewn, ironed and turned inside out by seven volunteers with 115 volunteer hours and a cost of $200.
Information about Extension Homemakers is available by visiting the website at arextensionhomemakers.org or calling a county Extension office.