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DIY No-Sew Pillows for Our Elderly!


30-60 Minutes


At home.


Throughout the year




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 seniors feel just a little bit and often a lot better!


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 senior 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 elderly! 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 DIY CTC® Challenge to track your efforts and for your chance to join our end-of-week wrap party full of surprises!


  • 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


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


  1. Gather your supplies from the required items list.
  2. Watch this Youtube video as a suggested way to make a DIY no-sew pillow!
  3. See the step-by-step guide in VIEW INSTRUCTIONS below!
  4. Have fun!


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
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  1. Organize your supplies
  2. Watch this YouTube video
  3. 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!
  4. Follow the instructions below
  5. Mail your donation to:  San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living | ATTN: Volunteer Services at 302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
  6. Be sure to let us know that you found this volunteer activity through PGK by including a packaging slip!
  7. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity.

Old Cushion Method:

  1. Take an old t-shirt
  2. One cushion
  3. One pair of scissors
  4. Lay out the t-shirt and place the cushion on top of the shirt
  5. Cut the shirt around the cushion leaving at least a 1 in margin
  6. Cut a right angle cut on each corner
  7. Cut small strips on all 4 sides of the t-shirt
  8. Remove the top layer of the t-shirt
  9. Place the cushion on the bottom layer shirt
  10. Take the upper layer of the t-shirt and place over the cushion
  11. At the corner, take one strip from each side of the t-shirt and make a knot. Repeat the same knot on each corner
  12. 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!