Make a Fidget Quilt
A Fidget Quilt, or activity blanket, is a lap quilt that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer’s and/or other forms of dementia. The quilt should have items that can be fiddled with. This could be zippers, ties, cords, ribbon, rick-rack, Velcro, lace, etc. Velcro seems to be a favorite as you can manipulate it as well has hear it. The most important part of the quilt is a variety of textures. Consider using different fabrics such as minky, knits, corduroy, and/or satin. Whatever you put on it, be sure everything is securely attached and will survive numerous washings and dryings. These busy blankets are perfect for using up your scraps from projects that are finished. Those oddball supplies that are just hanging around and not doing much in your sewing room but taking up space can be put to good use here! Your quilt top will need to be approximately the size of an over-sized placemat – or really any size that will fit across your lap, and not drag on the floor. Around a fat quarter or 18’ x 20” would be good. Feel free to customize this to what you have on hand – there is no “right” size here! These little quilts could also be made with a strip of Velcro along one edge so it can be attached to a walker.