Customers at Our Fabric Stash in Pike Place Market’s DownUnder have been quietly sewing care cushions for people living on the streets of Seattle.
It’s part of a year-long initiative by owner Deborah Boone, who called on the community of sewists and crafters after a brainstorming session with a homeless woman who visited the fabric store in search of peace and the opportunity to be surrounded by pretty things.
“Unbeknownst to her, she was talking to a Program Manager who loves soliciting requirements and providing solutions to her clients’ needs whether it’s software systems or waterproof care cushions,” Boone said.
Since January, Boone and her team have created 270 care cushion kits that anyone can buy, put together and give to someone in need. Each kit contains waterproof fabric for the outer layer, a wool liner, and instructions on how to sew the cushion together.
The care cushion serves as a barrier from the elements and actually lifts people off the ground.
“We understand this is not a total solution,” Boone said. “But it is one that has a full circle experience: to meet the need of our clients, engage our community at-large for assistance, while keeping Our Fabric Stash available as a resource to those who love to craft.”
On February 23rd, about half a dozen volunteers sewed care cushions in the Market Commons as part of a National Community Sew-In for Homelessness “A Community that Sews Together, Gives Together.”
That day, volunteers put together 10 care cushions.
Combining that with care cushions made prior, Boone and her husband were able to distribute about 20 finished cushions to people in need over the weekend.
Care cushion kits and complete care cushions can be bought online and in store for $24.95.
Boone said customers who purchase the care cushion kits can sew the cushion together and either return them so they can be distributed in the future or give them to a person in need in their community.
Our Fabric Stash is an eco-friendly fabric consignment shop who has called Pike Place Market home since 2015.