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Ready to Aid The Elderly?

DIY Pillows for our Elderly!

DURATION

30-60 Minutes

WHERE

at home

WHEN

Throughout the year

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Adult

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 cushie comfort goes a long way toward helping our seniors feel just a little bit and often a lot better!

DESCRIPTION

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!

ITEMS NEEDED

  • 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**


NEXT STEPS

  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 instructions!
  4. Have fun!

WEBSITE


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.
  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. Mail Your Donation to:  San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living | ATTN: Volunteer Services at 302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

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. Make 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!

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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