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DIY No-Sew Pillows for Our older adults!


1 - 2 hrs


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How Often Is This Offered?


Age Range

  • 3rd - 5th
  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required



At the SF Campus for Jewish Living, our mission is to enrich the quality of life of older adults. Our vision is to become a regional resource as an integral part of a continuum of care throughout the Bay Area that provides older adult adults with a variety of life enriching programs and services that are accessible, promote individual dignity, encourage independence, connect them to their community, and reflect the social, cultural, and spiritual values of Jewish tradition.   Join us in making DIY pillows for our older adults! Pillows, made with your compassion, will be used as cushions to sit on at the dinner table!   Doing this activity for Create the Change® ® ® ®? Don't forget to register for the" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl=" CTC® Challenge to track your efforts and for your chance to join our end-of-week wrap party full of surprises!

What's Needed To Complete

old t-shirts (you can cut) scissors fleece or other fabric pillow stuffing - you can use shirts to stuff your pillow, purchase pillow stuffing or use an old pillow/cushion

Special Requirements

**please ensure all materials for the pillows are washed and clean**

How It Makes A Difference

Aging requires courage, stamina, love, and COMFORT! As we age, aches and pains develop; some little, some not so little. Have you ever sat in a hard wooden or plastic chair for more than a half hour? Imagine doing so if your bones hurt, if your muscles were tender! A little cushion comfort goes a long way toward helping our older adults feel just a little bit and often a lot better!

Where to Serve

From Home/Anywhere*


Gather your supplies from the required items list. Watch this Youtube video as a suggested way to make a DIY no-sew pillow! Have fun! Organize your supplies this YouTube video Decide what stuffing you want to use.  You can choose to stuff your pillow with an old cushion, cut up old t-shirts or use pillow stuffing! Follow the instructions below Mail your donation to:  San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living | ATTN: Volunteer Services at 302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 Old Cushion Method: Take an old t-shirt One cushion One pair of scissors Lay out the t-shirt and place the cushion on top of the shirt Cut the shirt around the cushion leaving at least a 1 in margin Cut a right angle cut on each corner Cut small strips on all 4 sides of the t-shirt Remove the top layer of the t-shirt Place the cushion on the bottom layer shirt Take the upper layer of the t-shirt and place over the cushion At the corner, take one strip from each side of the t-shirt and make a knot. Repeat the same knot on each corner Make similar knots on all sides of the cushion after you've tied a knot at each of the 4 corners! Stuffing Method: *If you're using stuffing or old t-shirts to stuff your pillow, follow the same steps above, but tie the four corners and 3 edges. Stuff and then tie the last 4th edge!

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