Become a Volunteer
Sewing Experience Appreciated, But Not Required!


South Hill Location

Lyn McGinnis-coordinator 

   As of February 2021~The Satchels site at AHN is still not open to volunteers due to Covid. Please check back as the year progresses. Stay safe!

South Hills Location
Health and Wellness Pavillion, Peters Township
160 Gallery Drive
McMurray, PA   15317

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Downtown Location

As of February 2021, we are hosting very small groups by appointment only due to Covid. Please call us at

412-983-1223 if you are interested or have any questions. Thank you for your interest in Satchels of Caring. 

Downtown Pittsburgh Location
The Bank Tower
307 Fourth Avenue
Suite 509
Pittsburgh, PA   15222

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Interested in setting up a volunteer day for a group of employees, or a club or organization?  We host Community Action Days at our headquarters in The Bank Tower 307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 509. To set up a mutually agreeable date and time, email us here:


Family & Consumer Science Teachers

Have a classroom of students you'd like to sign up to participate as helping hands?  We'll provide sewing kits and instructions free of charge.  You have your students sew satchels for credit and return to us on completion.  To request kits, email us here:

Helping Hands organizations, committee members and friends meet at various community and committee events to select, cut and assemble sewing kits using coordinating fabrics, cording, trim and buttons donated by local commercial interior design firms.  These kits are then sent to area high schools, colleges, and sewing clubs to be assembled.  When complete, a custom tag reading, “Made especially for you by Satchels of Caring Foundation” is sewn into each Satchel.  

Fabric Dimensions
For volunteers wishing to use their own fabric, the following dimensions should be used to cut the necessary fabric pieces:
Body(1): 24" x 14"
Straps(2): 20" x 4"
Band(1): 8" x 14"

Sewing Instructions
Click the link below for a copy of our sewing instructions. If you have difficulty downloading, you may also request a copy via email by sending a message to:  
These sewing instructions are for anyone sewing satchels- expert and student will find these directions easy to follow.


Knit and Crochet Hat Instructions
Many of our volunteers have been requesting a pattern to knit or crochet hats for chemotherapy patients.  Below are three patterns that we found from Halos of Hope who regularly contribute hats to our satchels.  If you have difficulty downloading, you may also request a copy via email by sending a message to: 




Ribbon Flower Embellishments
Click here for a simple tutorial to make ribbon flower embellishments.  A great project for Girl Scouts or other groups of young students.  If you can sew a button and cut ribbon, you can make one of these!