Sew a “fidget blanket,” Nov. 18

Learn sewing skills while helping people with dementia or anxiety

Learn sewing skills while helping people with dementia or anxiety

People living with Alzheimer’s or dementia commonly experience daily anxiety in the early evening. Sensory activity blankets—with sewn-on zippers, buttons, and beads for people to manipulate—help people release that nervous tension and anxiety by giving them something to do with their hands.

Join us Monday, Nov. 18, from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Hill Library Fishbowl Forum for "Learn to Sew: Sensory Activity Blankets.” In this workshop, you will create a sensory activity blanket—sometimes referred to as a “fidget quilt,” “fiddle quilt,” or “busy quilt.” These small, lap-sized blankets have been widely recommended for people with dementia, those on the autism spectrum, and people experiencing anxiety or attention issues.

Participants will have the option to keep their blanket, or blankets may be donated to a memory care facility or early childhood intervention clinic.

All materials will be provided, and no prior sewing experience is required.