Sewing isn’t my thing. Think goodness the busy blanket didn’t require me to actually use a sewing machine.
When I post an update on my Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease you guys always leave the kindest comments for me. Some of you are dealing with the same thing with parents, other relatives, or friends. My good blogging friend, Marie of The Interior Frugalista, commented on my last family post about the busy blanket she was making for her mom.
I have to admit I never heard of a busy blanket. After investigating (Goggling) I found out they are also called fidget blankets. I had noticed in past visits that my Mom sometimes “fidgeted” with the edges of her throw. She is cold natured and always has the throw on her lap when sitting in her recliner.
Well, I decided to try and make a busy blanket. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought two pieces of colorful fleece and gathered a bunch of items from my junk stash in the shop. I planned to make the blanket before going to Arkansas last week but that didn’t happen. I threw everything in a bag and took it with me when I went to visit my parents.
After they went to bed at night I set at the kitchen table and made the blanket. I worked on it for two nights for a total of 4 hours. It would have taken less time if I knew what I was doing.
I winged it the whole way. It's difficult to work on projects when out of my natural environment. I didn’t measure anything…..just cut and stitched.
I found one tutorial that showed how to get the fringed ends together without that big knot of fabric. You can see the complete tutorial here….Make a No Sew Fleece Blanket Without Bulky Knots.
I sewed all the bits and pieces on one layer of fabric before tying the two pieces of fleece together. No ugly sewing to see. I found a small inexpensive ring in my stash and tied it to the blanket.
I also added this silver heart. Isn’t it pretty. I made the blanket so that all the non-washable pieces could be removed before washing the blanket.
Just bits and pieces of ribbon and buttons.
The blue tassel fringe is so colorful. I get the love of bright colors from my Mom.
Can’t have a busy blanket without a little bit of vintage pom pom fringe.
The past two months Mom’s Alzheimer’s has been rapidly progressing. For the past two years since her time in the hospital the changes have been really slow, until now.
I spent a week with my parents and now I have a better understanding of what Dad goes through every day. He has Hospice two half days a week and hired help 4 half days a week. So every day, but one, there is a helper there for 5 hours a day.
But it’s not the same as someone being there as backup around the clock. Dad is doing a wonderful job of taking care of Mom but I can see the toll it’s taking on him. He is 86 years old.
Yep, I took just a few photos around the farm. I couldn’t resist the rusty barbed wire.
I will be going to Arkansas every month for at least a week at a time. The drive is 7 hours each way. That doesn't bother me, I don't mind driving or traveling by myself. The JTS was in the Army for 27 years so I'm pretty darn independent. When I'm in Arkansas he's home holding down the fort. Thanks honey.
Had you guys heard of a busy blanket or fidget blanket? Leave a comment please. I read them all although sometimes I don't have time to respond to all of them.
The next installment of the Arkansas Story is here....Grandma's Banana Cake Recipe and Alzheimer's Update
See you tomorrow. Have a great day.
To read my Mom's Alzheimer's story and Arkansas stories from the beginning, start here...….Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone | Getting Personal (Nov. 2014)