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    Please don't be discouraged but I wanted to share that my Father lives in a nursing home. My Mother visits everyday and tracks his laundry that she personally puts his name on. Most of the time it takes 4-6 weeks to return to his room and that is with her often hunting for it herself. Sad but true. Very frustrating for my Mom. It's the day and age we live in. However, it is still worth it to give to elderly people.

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    Linda... God bless your generous heart. I have accumulated a lot of fabric including flannel that is just sitting on shelves, so I will make quilt tops or finished quilts as time allows and send them to you.
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    This is a great thread. I really must do some charity sewing. I think I'll check at the local homes and see what's needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I'm wondering if there were members here that would want to volunteer to make some, or donate fabric, or squares. I'm not a great sewer, and I'm not totally proud of my skills, but I would think of helping out. Some of the members have been very generous with their scraps, and I would love to share. Let me know.
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    It's a great idea, but maybe you should start a separate thread under donation requests. Also, one of the greatest things to use is polar fleece for the backing, and any simple squares or strips for the front. Then tie or simple straight stitching to hold the two layers together, and the rows of stitching don't have to be close on fleece.

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    LINDA RENFRO....you should ask moderator to remove your email and home address--it can be very dangerous to post to public. Instead, let the folks PM you and you can answer with the info. Just saying.....

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    I have made the shawl from Nancy's Notions. I made a couple for my Mom when she was in a nursing home. I put a trim along the bottom of the shawl and a matching emblem near the shoulder just to add color and a little design. It helped to keep her warm and comfy. This is really easy and quick. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marycumi View Post
    Here is a link to a free pattern for a cozy shoulder shawl from Sewing With Nancy. Easy quick and just right for a nursing home resident.

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/jump.do...=cozyshoulders
    Thank you for the link to the cozy shoulder shawl. I'll be moving back to AZ full time (my mother will need full time help - that's me), so money will be tight. But I have a nursing home in the same town that is near and dear to my heart. And just as Linda R said, many of the residents are alone. But the staff took such good care of my Dad, that I always try to do things to help out. Because when you help the residents, your also helping the staff. I try to make lap quilts each year, but the shawls will be great too.

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    I work at a hospital as well and I do know that at Christmas time they have a tree with pt names on a tag, I always pick someone who needs a blanket or quilt..I also embroidery on the blanket there name so that it goes back to that person with a angel on it..

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    I work at a senior center and we've been making lap quilts for local nursing home. Just using up scraps of fabric and sewing squares together. They're around 36 x 36. They are greatly appreciated.
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    Lap Quilts

    Our guild makes lap quilts for local veterans and we make our blocks 12.5 x 12.5 and use 16 of them. I cut all strips 4.5 wide and cut for log cabin, or three strip in different colors or 12 4.5 inch blocks. I found using the quilts as you go method every easy. I sandwich the blocks and we quilt them with a five point star and then connect the sixteen blocks with 2 inch sashing. now you can use the quilt from both sides.
    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Renfro View Post
    My niece who lives with me works as a CNA for a nursing home. She was telling me about some of the residents that are only supported by the state and have no family members etc., to help them with expenses for clothes or personal items. She was saying so many of them are frail and get cold so easy and have nothing to put on to keep them warm so I gave her some clothes I was going to donate to Good Will for her residents...then I got to thinking that maybe I could make some lap quilts that could also be used around their shoulders to help keep them warm this winter. I was wondering if any of you might have easy quilt patterns that I could use to make about 44 quilts with. I know of a couple but thought maybe someone might of already had done something like this, and might of worked out the kinks with really easy patterns. Or do any of you know of any easy jacket patterns...anything that would help them. I'm going to be down with a knee replacement the end of Oct. so I thought maybe this would be a good project to help others this winter for me. Thanks and all suggestions are appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandmahoney View Post
    Also one thing that could be done is long sleeve sweet shirts can be cut down the front in the middle then bind the edge and you have a quick top that will keep them warm. Also they wash very well and wear good to. But remember to make them bigger then there normal size because getting into things can be very hard for the elderly. You might also think about using fleece to make the lap blanket and just finish the edge with a pretty stitch. This also would be nice and warm. If I were you I think it would be nice if you could get a group of ladies together in your area to help with this. Could be alot of fun.
    When DMIL was the nursing home, their practice was to get everyone out of bed, if it all possible. I asked the CNAs for clothing advice, they are the ones who do the practical care. Since DMIL could not help herself at all, they asked me to convert her clothing to make it open in the back. It was so much easier for the patient and the aides to slip on garments from the front and for ease and durability of washing I got 100% cotton sweats for her and it was easy to slit the backs of tops and pants sides to help with ease of dressing. I don't remember if ties or velcro was preferred--not snaps or buttons because they would be uncomfortable for an immobile person and damaging to their skin. When she passed, her clothing went to other patients in the home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Renfro View Post
    My niece who lives with me works as a CNA for a nursing home. She was telling me about some of the residents that are only supported by the state and have no family members etc., to help them with expenses for clothes or personal items. She was saying so many of them are frail and get cold so easy and have nothing to put on to keep them warm so I gave her some clothes I was going to donate to Good Will for her residents...then I got to thinking that maybe I could make some lap quilts that could also be used around their shoulders to help keep them warm this winter. I was wondering if any of you might have easy quilt patterns that I could use to make about 44 quilts with. I know of a couple but thought maybe someone might of already had done something like this, and might of worked out the kinks with really easy patterns. Or do any of you know of any easy jacket patterns...anything that would help them. I'm going to be down with a knee replacement the end of Oct. so I thought maybe this would be a good project to help others this winter for me. Thanks and all suggestions are appreciated!
    I would be happy to donate fabric for the quilts,I think its wonderful that you are doing this.Please let me know the details.

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    Our guild makes over 100 wheelchair quilts a year. They range in size from 29-45" wide and 36" long. The bottom has the corners cut off to keep them from catching in the wheels. We attach ties or ties with Velcro to one side so that it can be looped over the arm of the wheelchair to keep it attached to the wheelchair - sometimes folks have to get up to use the facilities and this way they can just throw them over the arm to get up, and pull them back on when they sit back down.

    Generally we use darker materials (to not show any food or drink spills), and they can be either just a strip of material or blocks. If blocks - use 10-12" blocks - totalling 9 blocks for the lap quilt. For the bottom, just do a HST on each corner.

    Backing is usually flannel or fleece as cotton tends to be too slippery on their laps. If flannel, it is washed at least 3 times in HOT water to get maximum shrinkage done before cutting and they are quilted heavily to keep them from lumping.

    These quilts go like hotcakes. Everyone loves using them. They are lightweight and feel great. This design has been worked on by our guild and the local nursing homes and VA hospitals. Anything you can do for them is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I'm wondering if there were members here that would want to volunteer to make some, or donate fabric, or squares. I'm not a great sewer, and I'm not totally proud of my skills, but I would think of helping out. Some of the members have been very generous with their scraps, and I would love to share. Let me know.
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    Yes, but please keep in mind that most of us have nursing facilities, VA hospitals, children's homes, etc. much closer to home and the money that would be spent on postage for sending things to Maryland could be better spent on more materials for our local organizations. Our guild has a very active charity effort, and most of us could easily hook up with something of that sort. The guild pools resources, such as donated fabrics and batting, so that people can donate the work without investing a lot of their own money. It's very satisfying activity, and a great way to practice skills while helping those in need.
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    This is very true even In the state of Iowa you can not add ties to lay robes because it is considered a restraint. So check with the care center you are going to make your lap blanket for and see what they want in size and about the ties.

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    Even if the Ladies don't quilt they still could cut blocks and help tie the lap robes. That how my sister in law got started in quilting and she is in her 60's. She makes over a hunderd quilts a year and gives them to the hospital for childern that are sick. We need more people like you in this world that has a given heart. May the Lord bless you for all that you do for these dear old people. Also you might check with a few of the local churches and see if some of there members would donate sweat shirts and material for lap robes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    Yes, but please keep in mind that most of us have nursing facilities, VA hospitals, children's homes, etc. much closer to home and the money that would be spent on postage for sending things to Maryland could be better spent on more materials for our local organizations. Our guild has a very active charity effort, and most of us could easily hook up with something of that sort. The guild pools resources, such as donated fabrics and batting, so that people can donate the work without investing a lot of their own money. It's very satisfying activity, and a great way to practice skills while helping those in need.
    Hi Rose_P
    You are so right. If you go back on all the posts on this thread, you will find that some of us especially me did not think of the needs of our seniors. It would be great if more of us got involved with making the quilts for them. I have tons of scraps that are sitting, doing nothing. I am in the middle of working on another project, and have started working on a couple of quilts for Linda. Yes, the postage is an added expense, but I am looking forward to sending her a couple to ease her work load for her project.
    I guess I don't think past my mom (84yo), and her needs. I love getting calls about her internet problems, the car needing an inspection, oil change, the items on sale at CVS, the a/c making noise, etc. I am grateful that mom is very active, and is making the most of her remaining years, due to good health.

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    you are so good to do that. Last year my little church bought clothing (mostly) plus some craft items for 11 people who had no one....for Christmas.

    I know how it is for folks in that situation and everything someone does to brighten their day, including going to read to them, is appreciated so much.

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    I belong to a group that makes polyester lap robes for the needy. We use 42 7" squares and then put a polyester backing and bring it to the front and sew it down and then we tie them.

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    A lot of The Methodist Churches as well as other Churches in my area make lap Robes every Year... The United Methodist Women often make this a local Mission Project. 36" x 36" is a Good size- enough to tuck in and drape over the legs... Wheel Chair arm Bags that are on the inside of the chair are good as well as bags for Walkers. There is at least 10+ nursing and Rehab facilities near where I live....

    http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-...lker-bags.html

    Don't forget the men: they like the Flannel Shirt plaids, hunting and Fishing Themed or Farm Themed or Old Car or Tractor Themed fabrics... make sure the lap Blankets are sewn all around the Edges about 1 inch in and either Tied or quilted... Remember at these Nursing Homes ( I have worked there) all the laundry is mostly done in HOT water and HOT dryers... so fancy stitches and lace wont' last... basic sturdy stitching is what is needed... Because I know that Aides get in a hurry and just toss every thing in the Barrels to go to laundry... One of my ladies had a beautiful Irish Wool Throw that was about 60 inches wide by 60 inches long and even though it was labeled DO NOT WASH it got sent to laundry and it came back about 30 inches x30 inches and was hard and scratchy... A sign was posted on the Ladies Closet for the Throw NOT To go to Laundry... so Sad... Another good idea is to put a Pocket on the lap robe so they can tuck a tissue or a book or snack and it won't fall off the lap that way...
    Many local businesses and factories adopt the residents in nursing Homes during the holidays... the ones on State Aid got new winter coats, socks, slippers or shoes, shirts and sweatpants ( these are easy to get off and on when aides have to change Briefs)
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    In recognition of National Sewing Month our chapter of the American Sewing Guild made lap robes for Disabled Veterans in a near by Veterans Hospital. We used knit type fabric, doubled the fabric and serged the two pieces together. They go together super quick!
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    This is a wonderful thread and I love that it is kick-starting us into making some things for seniors to keep them warm and make them feel special. Love all of the hints too especially about using prewashed flannel on the back of the quilt.

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    If you go to the Quilts For Kids website they have some nice patterns that are simple to wipe up. They are a nice size for anyone that might be in a wheel chair as well to keep their laps warm. I have to admit this is an idea I have tossed around lately to make some up for our local nursing home. Kudos to you!

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    I made 2 cozy shoulder fleece covers yesterday, while easy to make, I thought they were a bit boring to make out of plain fleece, which is what I had in my stash. So I added a pretty flower and scalloped the edge (both are pink). Stopping by tomoorrow to get some fleece material for men. My goal is to have at least 3 for women and 3 for men for Christmas. Also, several lapquilts to take at the same time. If I can get more done, that will be extra bonus. I will be looking for clearance items like slippers, socks,lotion to deliver at the same time. That is my Christmas gift this year to myself, to do this!

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    I also make small quilts and donate them. I use 5" checkerboard squares, (6 across and 6 down, 36 in all). Then add a 5" border all around. You can add a second narrow border if you want it a little bigger. Very easy to make. They come out about 36".
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