As a small business, every new Facebook like, Instagram follower, and online order brings us excitement and gratitude! With the start of a new year, we wanted to take a moment to reintroduce ourselves, and hopefully learn about you, too!
What is PillowGrace?
PillowGrace is a line of luxurious, custom pillows and pillowcases adorned with scripture and personalization so you can ‘Rest Assured, Arise Restored’ on God’s word. We believe the word of God is alive and active, and sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). PillowGrace was created to remind those resting of Biblical truths from dusk until dawn bringing comfort, encouragement, hope, peace, and joy. What started as a single pillowcase for a little boy undergoing cancer treatment has evolved into a collection of home décor and gifts for countless occasions.
How did you get started?
In 2014, our founder Julie sat in Bible study as Kay Arthur talked about resting in the word of God. She demonstrated by laying her head on her Bible. Julie thought about this and considered how when we lay down to sleep at night is usually when we need God’s word the most. She said to herself “Sleeping on my Bible wouldn’t be very comfortable, but I can put His word on a pillowcase.” The Bible study went on and before ending, prayer requests were taken from the group. One of the women asked everyone to pray for her friend’s son, Luke, who had recently been diagnosed with leukemia. He would be going to treatment soon and his mother was very anxious and scared. Without missing a beat, Julie blurted out “I’m going to make him a pillowcase.” She didn’t know how, but she was determined to make Luke a pillowcase covered with God’s word to comfort him and his family throughout his fight against cancer.
Encouraged by her friends, Julie made the very first PillowGrace just for Luke. Inspired by his favorite team (LSU), it had purple and gold writing with his name in tiger stripes. It was by his side as he underwent treatment, and he has now been in remission for 3 years.
How are PillowGraces made?
Finding the right printing method and ink was very important to us. Screen printing wouldn’t work because you can feel the ink on the fabric, which doesn’t make it very comfortable to sleep on. Many of our pillowcases are gifted to individuals in the hospital or with skin sensitivities, so we needed non-toxic ink safe for those with compromised immune systems, as well as babies and children. We use a digital printing method where the ink is sublimated into the fabric making it flat and permanent. You can’t feel the ink on the fabric, which makes it perfect for sleeping on! It is perfectly safe for washing and meets excellent color steadfastness standards. Our ink is water-based, non-hazardous, non-toxic and 100% biodegradable. Every PillowGrace is printed in our warehouse on St. Simons Island, GA.
Where is PillowGrace based and who makes up your team?
The original PillowGrace headquarters was Julie’s home. As the business grew, so did our need for a workroom, warehouse, and retail space. We now have a wonderful space on St. Simons Island, GA that accommodates all of those needs! We are truly a small business, made up of just four team members. Julie Rowland, our founder, runs the business and everything creative. She designs and prints EVERY PillowGrace. Bonnie Allen is our seamstress who has been with Julie from the very beginning. She puts “a prayer in every stitch” when she’s sewing. Heather Burrell joined the team in July 2016 to handle a little bit of everything, including our website and marketing. JaneAnne Purser came on in September 2017 to handle our retail, shipping, Googling all the things.
Now that you know a little more about us and how we got here, tell us about you! Getting to know you better will help us make PillowGrace better for you. Leave a comment telling us where you’re from, how you learned about PillowGrace, and anything else fun you want to share!